The Nautilus Federation is conducting a survey of members in advance of a proposed review of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.  

This feedback will help the Nautilus Federation member unions provide the voice of seafarers into this review. The implications of any changes to STCW are huge for seafarers and maritime professionals and therefore it is vital that their voices are heard.

There have been suggestions within the industry that the STCW Convention and Code may be out of date, that in some instances, the competencies stipulated in the Code may no longer be appropriate and, that this has led to a situation where STCW qualified officers and ratings do not always hold the skills and competencies that are required for the modern seafarer.

On the other hand, it needs to be recognised that STCW represents the legal minimum training that is required and that there is nothing to prevent flag states or companies from going beyond the minimum.

At the same time as these conversations are going on, there is an increased recognition that advances in technology are likely to affect the skillset that is required for seafarers onboard the ships of the future.

The survey asks some open questions in order to fully understand members’ views on the subject. Input from seafarers is essential to ensure any review takes into consideration the experiences of maritime professionals who will be those most affected by any changes and, to ensure that the training regime remains fit for purpose now and in the future  so please do take the time to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback.

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* 1. Which maritime trade union do you belong to?

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* 2. Rank / job role:

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* 3. Vessel type:

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