INTERTANKO attended the STW Sub-Committee at IMO last week. A great deal of discussion abounded regarding the fact that so close to the end of the transitional period to STCW 95, seafarers were reportedly unable to obtain STCW 95 certificates and/or the necessary endorsements required by regulation I/10.

The Sub-Committee also noted that a considerable number of endorsements needed to be issued by Administrations and undertakings to be agreed between Parties to secure recognition of certificates under regulation I/10.

Industry and administrations raised concerns at IMO that this might well lead to vessels being unnecessarily detained by PSC though no fault of the vessel's master or its owners

Accordingly the STW issued an emergency STW circular last Friday afternoon on completion of the Committee’s work urging Port State Control authorities to take the above factors into consideration when taking action under the control procedures in article X and regulation I/4 of the STCW Convention.

The STW Sub-Committee agreed that, in cases where a seafarer’s documentation complies with the requirements in force immediately before 1 February 2002, but is not in accordance with the requirements of STCW 95, port State control officers, until 31 July 2002, are recommended to issue only a warning to companies and to notify the seafarers and Administrations concerned accordingly.

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