Standard for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping - STCW

New Canadian Marine Seafarer Certification Regime

As a result of being signatory to the International Maritime Organization’s STCW 1995 Convention, Marine Safety is required to implement a quality assurance system for the certification and training of Canadian seafarers. Marine Safety is required to implement this system in order to ensure Canadian seafarers are internationally compliant and to prevent detentions of Canadian vessels under Port State Control (PSC) in foreign countries. Also this would permit Marine Safety to inspect foreign vessels for STCW compliance. This new Canadian marine seafarer certification regime, including medical standards, requires a supporting quality assurance system, to meet the standards of the new STCW Convention.

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