STCW Convention

STCW Convention (International Convention and Code on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers):

STCW Convention and Code set out the minimum standards to be achieved to obtain the relevant certification required to hold certain positions onboard ships of all types. Officers and Crew can be trained and certified and be ready to work.

STCW Convention entered into force on 28 April 1984, with amendments in 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2010. Amendments show the constant evolution of the STCW Convention to meet the shipping industry’s need for change in the education and training of seafarers to keep up with ship operational requirements.

STCW Convention is split into two (2) parts:

  1. Part A: mandatory provisions
  2. Part B: recommended guidance