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STCW courses

Traditionally, the shipping industry is a strongly global-oriented sector. Because of this international character uniform regulations are essential, in order to ensure the safety and health of all employees on board a ship or offshore installation.

In that context responsible training and appropriate certification are of great importance. Uniform regulations for the shipping industry have been created to guarantee these important aspects and to be executed accordingly.

The IMO – International Maritime Organization – is the global standard-setting authority, which is responsible for this. The IMO works closely with several major oil companies


Guidelines are defined in the International Convention Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers. The first STCW Convention is drawn up in 1978.
Main goal of the STCW Convention is to use the same international standard with regards to the offshore training, certification and supervision of seafarers on board a ship or an offshore installation.

Before the year 1978, each individual Government used its own regulations for the shipping industry. As a result, a lot of world-wide differences in procedures and standards.
In the years 1995 and 2010 major changes have taken place on the STCW Convention of 1978. The youngest, formal adjustments are known as the so-called 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. Developments in the field of international law, security and technology, are mainly the cause of this. The adjustments have impact on both substantive and procedural aspects of several trainings and certification

The 2010 adjustments on the STCW Convention take effect as of 1 January 2012. In the Netherlands the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention are officially entered into force on May 3, 2014. From that date, all STCW courses and trainings must meet the new guidelines.

Until 1 January 2017 STCW certificates are still valid according to the previous guidelines. Starting from 1 January 2017 every seafarer must be in possession of valid certificates according to the 2010 Manila Amendments.

The ministry of Infrastructuur, Living environment and Transportation

Despite the international guidelines to the STCW Convention, the responsibility and supervision are still with the individual Governments. The ILT is responsible for monitoring, assessment and certification of Dutch training companies, in order to be able to offer the STCW trainings in the Netherlands.

The ILT transfers the guidelines from the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) into substantive regulations and guidelines for maritime courses and trainings in the Netherlands. Based on these regulations and guidelines the ILT assesses all maritime trainings from training providers.

STCW certified courses

One of the trainings that has been adapted to the new international guidelines is the Ship Health Care Limited (SGZ-B). This training has been replaced by the more international-oriented course STCW Medical First Aid.

The same is applicable to the course Ship Health Care Unlimited (SGZ-O). This training has been replaced by the STCW course Medical Care.


FMTC runs the Medical First Aid and Medical Care in accordance with the recent guidelines. In addition FMTC offers the opportunity to book both trainings in a combination, in a time frame of 1 week (5 days).

Likewise FMTC has been approved by ILT for several other STCW trainings, including the STCW Basic Safety Training. Central to this training is basic safety of different disciplines. The delegate will learn the essentials of firefighting and elementary first aid, personal safety and responsibility, as well as various survival techniques.

On the maritime training overview you will also find the training STCW Advanced Firefighting. This course is focused on fire hazard and firefighting on board ships. It goes without saying that also the different types of STCW rescue boat trainings are not lacking on our course calendar, including the STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft. All STCW training courses need to be repeated every five years, to keep up to date with the course material and developing skills.

STCW refresher training courses are also offered in a combination, what saves time and money. Do you want to know what is possible? Please click here for the STCW combination trainings.

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Are you looking for the appropriate STCW course, according to the latest guidelines? Would you like to book a training when it suits you? And preferably on a unique central location? View our full range STCW trainings and book a training still today at your convenience!

Would you prefer more information first? You can reach us by telephone on +31 (0)20 – 811 43 32 or by email info@fmtc.nl

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