Many mariners are confused and anxious over the new medical certificate requirements that the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) recently amended in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).
By now, all international seafarers should have received a packet from the NMC that contains a new medical certificate. The information is comprehensive and intimidating. To help you understand what’s now expected of you, below are seven important stipulations about the STCW and the new medical requirements and certificate guidelines that mariners should know in order to stay in compliance with the latest international rules.
The Purpose of the New Medical Requirements and Certificates
First, it’s important to understand the basic premise of the new medical requirements issued by the NMC:
If you are an international seafarer with STCW endorsements and you changed your address since you last communicated with the NMC, you might not have received your certificate in the mail. Contact the NMC at 888-427-5662 to update your records and obtain your certificate.
Keeping Your Certificate On-Hand
After you’ve received your certificate, it’s vital to keep it on-hand:
Expirations and Waivers
The new STCW manila rules also cover expiration dates and waivers:
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Seafarers can obtain more information about the STCW amendments by visiting the U.S.C.G NMC online directory.