The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 sets minimum qualification standards for Officers and Crew on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts. STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. The Convention underwent substantial changes in 1995 and 2010.

The Convention prescribes minimum standards relating to training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers which every maritime country is expected to meet and impart as prescribed by the STCW Code.

Merchant Shipping Notice, issued by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), GoI, has laid down minimum requirement for a candidate for obtaining the Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC). The eligibility criteria for getting an Indian CDC is : the candidate should be an Indian national; is medically fit; has passed 10th Standard School Examinations and should have successfully completed the five (5) Basic STCW Courses. These five Basic STCW courses are:

    • Elementary First Aid (EFA) in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.13
    • Personal Survival Techniques (PST) in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.19
    • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FPFF) in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.20
    • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR) in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.21.
    • Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (STSDSD) in accordance with IMO Model Course 3.26

At Maritime Foundation, the candidate can undergo the above courses and be eligible to apply for Indian Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) cum Seafarers Identity Document (SID). Maritime Foundation also offers a wide range of other STCW Courses; e.g.- High Voltage Safety & Switch Gear (HVSSG), Basic Training For Oil & Chemical Tanker Operations (OCTCO), Basic Training for Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations (LGTCO), Vertical Integration Course for Trainers (VICT)

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