The International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) is one of the “measures” the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took to develop appropriate standards for human behavior in order to reduce the negative influence of the human factors in shipping incidents.
The STCW Convention adopted on July 7, 1978 came into force on April 28, 1984 and underwent major revisions in 1995 and 2010. Parties who fully comply with the Convention are subsequently listed by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Office as ‘confirmed parties in compliance with the STCW Convention’. This list is known in the industry as the ‘White List’ of nations compliant with the agreed education and training practices.
The Union of the Comoros is a Party of the STCW Convention, therefore accepts only Certificates of Competency (COC) issued by “White List” countries, for the issuance of Flag Endorsements for the Officers on board Comorian Flagged vessels, ensuring our fleet is always recruited with well-educated and qualified seafarers.