Guidelines IMO STCW Convention Incl Manila 4th Ed. -



The IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) regulate the training and certification of seafarers and forms the basis for standards of crew competence that are enforced worldwide. The Convention also regulates watchkeeping arrangements on board merchant ships, including watchkeepers’ minimum rest hours. 

The fourth edition of Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention sets out the obligations for shipping companies and includes guidance on how to ensure compliance on board. 

New in this edition:

  • Integrates new regulations that affect training, including:
  • International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).
  • International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code).
  • New requirements for familiarisation training for crew on Ro-Ro Passenger Ships.
  • Changes to Chapter V regarding tanker training.
  • Updated guidance for crews operating dynamically positioned (DP) vessels.
  • Explains clearly how the STCW Convention relates to the IMO ISM Code and ILO MLC, particularly on watchkeeping.
  • Includes colour coding to distinguish mandatory parts of guidance.
  • Includes flowchart setting out exactly what training is needed for seafarers.
  • Features a clearer layout and includes infographics and visual aids to improve reader experience.

This guide will help readers:

  • Comply with regulations;
  • Avoid lengthy delays at port for non-conformances;
  • Know exactly what training crews need to work on board;
  • Understand how the STCW works with other IMO and ILO regulations; and
  • Be completely up-to-date on the latest regulations.

The fourth edition of Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention has been written and designed for use by: crew, crewing managers, designated persons ashore (DPAs), Masters, personnel superintendents, recruiters, training superintendents, technical superintendents and trainers and lecturers.