1) The Directorate had issued Training Circular No. 10 of 2014 dated29.12.2014 on "lssuance of Certificates in accordance with Merchant Shipping (STCW) Rules, 20.14 and as per Chapter Vl of the STCW Convention, as amended in 2010" wherein the maritime training institutes, are advised to issue certificates giving compliance reference to the 'STCW Convention and Code as amended in 2010'.
2) lt is observed by the IMO that the references to the STCW Convention 1978 as amended were made by Administrations in varied ways within the certificates and documentary evidence; and also inconsistencies in interpretation resulting in unnecessary burden on adminishation, companies and seafarers.
3) ln order to avoid any confusion, the IMO has now recommended all the member states shall, in the format of the certificates and endorsements provided in Section A-l/2 of the STCW Code referring to the STCW Convention use the reference as "the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended", without appending the year / dates of the amendments.
4) ln view of above stated IMO recommendation, MTls are advised to issue certificates stating compliance reference to "STCW Convention 1978 as amended', instead of "STCW Convention and Code as amended in 2010" from the issuance date of this circular.
5) 5) Certificates, which have already been issued stating compliance reference to "STCW convention and code as amended in 2010", are to be accepted until their validity date. 6) This is issued with the approval of the Competent Authority