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Now that the enforcement date of 1 January 2017 has passed, we explain why these new measures are so important and what it means for crew. For more information download our guide.
Previously, crew on board yachts have always been obliged to hold all four STCW basic safety certificates (fire prevention and fire fighting, personal survival techniques, elementary first aid and PSSR). Deck and engineer officers also had to hold the three advanced STCW safety certificates (proficiency in medical first aid, advanced fire fighting, and PSCRB).
These requirements remain in place but what's changed is that the two fire fighting courses, personal survival techniques, elementary first aid, and PSCRB now must have been completed within the last five years, after which they will need to be updated.
Updating training is achieved by attending very short refresher courses: half a day for personal survival techniques and one day each for all other safety training certificates. To put into context, crew will need to do one and a half days and officers three and half days in total, every five years.
Evidence of having completed the updated training, if the original course was more than five years ago, will be required on a number of occasions including: when the Port State Control inspector comes up the passarelle; when applying for a Certificate of Competency (CoC); and when revalidating an existing CoC.
It’s also worth taking into consideration that the new MCA M-Notices state that ‘companies must ensure that seafarers assigned to any of their ships have received updated training as required by the Convention’, clearly assigning an obligation to management companies and owners too.
Beside the regulatory reason, the updating requirements have been introduced by the IMO because research shows that more than half of everything learnt on an STCW safety course has been forgotten again after just six months, known as ‘skills fade’. In addition, the industry is always learning valuable lessons from recent accidents, as well as developing new equipment and techniques.
Non-UK CoC holders converting to their first UK CoC must complete the full advanced safety training courses approved under the authority of an EU Member State, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa. This includes the following STCW safety training courses:
Further information is available in section 5 of MIN 535.
We offer all of the required courses with full MCA approval. There are opportunities to undertake either fire fighting or maritime safety courses in most calendar weeks.
If you wish to book several courses at once please contact the admissions team on +44 (0)23 8201 5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to book an individual course please click on the link below for your required course:
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting - 1 day Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting - 1 day
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats - 1 day
The MNTB, MCA and IASST worked together to establish the details for the updating training courses.
The full details for updating training including the self-declaration forms can be found in MSN 1865.
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