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STCW-F - maritime rule amendments signed


In 2015, the Government acceded to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) STCW-F convention.  This convention sets the training and certification standards for crew on seagoing vessels of 24 metres or more in length.

Last year, Maritime New Zealand consulted on rule amendments to give effect to the STCW-F consultation document.  While the Maritime Rules were largely in alignment with STCW-F, some changes were required to meet the full requirements of this convention. 

Three parties made submissions – a summary can be viewed on the MNZ website Invitation to Comment: STCW-F page.

The rule amendments were signed, without alteration from the consultation document, on 3 April 2017. 

STCW-F will enter into force 3 months after New Zealand deposits its instrument of accession with the International Maritime Organisation for the Convention.

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