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The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new training requirements:
Officer of the Watch (Yachts, less than 3,000gt) candidates will be required to complete a five day Efficient Deck Hand course, if they are applying for their Certificates of Competency after 1 July 2013.
Officer of the Watch candidates (Unlimited or Yachts) will be required to complete a three day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
Chief Mate candidates (Unlimited or Yachts) will be required to complete a five day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
All deck officers (including yachts) will need to undertake a generic Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) course before either applying for (or revalidating) their UK Certificate of Competency. The MCA will accept any of the following courses as meeting the generic training requirement:
Deck officers not meeting the above requirements will receive the following limitation on their Certificate of Competency:
"From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS".
All deck officers serving on UK-flagged vessels using ECDIS as the primary means of navigation (this includes all ships where the carriage of ECDIS is mandatory) must have completed generic ECDIS training and MCA guidance in MIN 503 further advises that type-specific ECDIS training is required when ECDIS is the primary means of navigation.
Type-specific ECDIS training should be delivered by the ECDIS equipment manufacturer (or approved sub-contractor) or a trainer who has attended an approved programme. Warsash Maritime Academy has Kongsberg, Sperry and Transas ECDIS equipment, instructors certified by the manufacturers and we are looking to extend our capabilities further in due course.
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