April 17, 2020
The Secretary-General, Mr Lim Kitach has been made aware of a number of concerns regarding
seafarers and fishing vessel personnel’s training and certification as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The actions taken worldwide as a result of the outbreak pose a serious challenge for
Administrations to allow the continued training of seafarers and fishing vessel personnel, revalidate certificates, including medical certificates, and endorsements, in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995.
In light of the foregoing, the Secretary-General has decided to provide guidance
relating to the certification of seafarers and fishing vessel personnel, as set out in annexes 1 and 2, respectively.
Member States and other stakeholders are invited to bring the contents of this circular
letter to the attention of all concerned, especially issuing Administrations and port and coastal State authorities. Read more...