Information and advice on the STCW convention and related training courses.
Many people ask, what is STCW 95, how is this different to STCW 2010? Even those who hold the certification often don’t know the definition. The term STCW stems from the international convention on:
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978
STCW is an international standard set of training courses for seafarers decided in 1978 during a meeting at the International Maritime Organisation. This was brought into action in 1984, amended in 1995, and again in 2010.
Before the STCW convention, training standards were set by the individual countries and, with the inevitable local variations in content and standards, it caused some problems within the international maritime industry.
You may hear people talking about getting their ‘STCW 95’ , ‘STCW’ 2010, or STCW 10! Dont worry, they are all exactly the same course:
The official name for this course is simply
‘STCW Basic Safety Training’
There are no requirements to quote the ammendment year.
You have to complete an update course every 5 years. The 2010 amendments were mostly relating to the requirements for an update course.
Generally speaking, if you want to work internationally in the maritime industry you will need, STCW Basic Safety Training.
STCW Basic Safety Training is actually a package of 4 courses:
Many training centres, also provide Security Awareness training, and Food safety training as these are often required too. Usually this is a 5 day package.
In conjunction with your STCW Basic Safety Training certification you will require an ENG 1 Medical. We can organise this, with all your training, in Gibraltar.
In the picture below STCW Basic Safety training trainees are tackling an oil fire with foam, one of the essential elements of the Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting course, part of the STCW Basic Safety Training Package.
In the image below STCW Basic Safety Training Students are training for survival at sea. This element is Personal Survival Techniques, part of the STCW Basic Safety Training course. During this course trainees are required to wear survival suits and life jackets, jump into the water from a height and safety right and board an inflatable life raft. It's a great opportunity to tackle and prepare for the nuances of whats required to survive at sea in an abandon ship situation.