Merchant Shipping: Qualifications

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Ronnie Cowan Ronnie Cowan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether seafarer certificates remain valid within Europe after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Seafarer qualifications are issued and recognised in accordance with the international convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW) 1978, as amended. This is an international Convention that is applicable to all seafarers working at sea.

The UK will continue to recognise seafarer qualifications in accordance with procedures set out in the Convention, which will not be affected by our departure from the EU. A well-established system already exists in the relevant EU legislation for recognition of certificates issued by third countries and to date over 45 countries are recognised.

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