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STCW and PSA important updates

13th May 2015

New regulations are coming into force and crew must act to make sure all their certificates are up to date. Remember, if crew aren’t compliant they can’t work on a commercially registered yacht.

These changes apply to the following crew:

-Crew with STCW certification more than 5 years old.
-Crew working on a commercially registered yacht.
-Crew requiring Security Awareness Certification – that is, crew of all ISPS compliant yachts.

STCW Certification

As of the 1st of January, 2017, STCW certificates cannot be more than 5 years old. Crew will need to renew them for the following modules:

  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Fast Rescue Boat

While crew do have until January 2017 to refresh these qualifications, we highly recommended that crew book in to renew these certificates sooner rather than later as there will almost certainly be a rush as the enforcement date draws closer.

Security Certification

Meanwhile, crew only have until 1 July 2015 before Port State Control can board any ISPS compliant yacht to check that every single crew member on board has the Personal Security Awareness (PSA) Certificate. Furthermore, all crew who have security duties, ranging from passerelle watch to walking around town with guests, must have a Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Certificate, and there must also be a designated Shipboard Security Officer who holds an SSO.

Under the amended regulations there are these four levels of security training with effect from 1 January 2014 (enforced by July 2015):

  1. Security familiarisation for all crew on joining vessel.
  2. Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) - training for all crew.
    (Crew with more than 6 months sea service held prior to 1st January 2014
    can apply through grandfathering.)
  3. Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) - further training for
    crew with security related duties.
    (Crew with more than 6 months sea service in this particular capacity held
    prior to 1st January 2014 can apply through grandfathering.)
  4. Shipboard Security Officer (SSO) (If you hold an existing MCA accepted
    SSO certificate (STCW) no further training is required.)

These security certificate requirements have officially been in place since  1 Jan 2014, but many flag states had requested that Port State Control authorities not enforce them until 1 July 2015. Many crew will be able to apply using the grandfathering clause (applying for a certificate with relevant sea time), but that dispensation ends on 1 July 2015-after that they will have to do a course.

Crew need to act now to stay ahead of the game with STCW renewals and to avoid unnecessary PSA and PDSD courses.

For more information on the new requirements, please contact our Crew or Management Divisions.

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As of the 1st of January 2017, STCW certificates cannot be more than 5 years old or crew will need to renew them.

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