Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978

Docket ID: USCG-2004-17914
Agency: Coast Guard (USCG)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) comprehensively amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978, in 1995 and 2010. The 1995 amendments came into force on February 1, 1997. This project implements those amendments by revising current rules to ensure that the United States complies with their requirements on: The training of merchant mariners, the documenting of their qualifications, and watch-standing and other arrangements aboard seagoing merchant ships of the United States. In addition, the Coast Guard has identified the need for additional changes to the interim rule issued in 1997. This project supports the Coast Guard's broad role and responsibility of maritime safety. It also supports the roles and responsibilities of the Coast Guard of reducing deaths and injuries of crew members on domestic merchant vessels and eliminating substandard vessels from the navigable waters of the United States. The Coast Guard published an NPRM on November 17, 2009, and Supplemental NPRMs (SNPRM) on March 23, 2010 and August 1, 2011. At a June 2010 diplomatic conference, the IMO adopted additional amendments to the STCW convention which change the minimum training requirements for seafarers. In response to feedback and to the adoption of those amendments, the Coast Guard developed a second Supplemental NPRM to incorporate the 2010 Amendments into the 1990 interim rule.
RIN: 1625-AA16
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10,46 CFR 11,46 CFR 12,46 CFR 15
Priority: Other Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 46 USC 2103, 46 USC 71, 46 USC 73, DHS Delegation No. 0170.1
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
Notice of Meeting08/02/199560 FR 39306
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End09/29/1995
Notice of Inquiry11/13/199560 FR 56970
Comment Period End01/12/1996
NPRM03/26/199661 FR 13284
Notice of Public Meetings04/08/199661 FR 15438
NPRM Comment Period End07/24/1996
Notice of Intent02/04/199762 FR 5197
Interim Final Rule06/26/199762 FR 34505
Interim Final Rule Effective07/28/1997
NPRM11/17/200974 FR 59353
NPRM Comment Period End02/16/2010
Supplemental NPRM03/23/201075 FR 13715
Supplemental NPRM08/01/201176 FR 45908
Public Meeting Notice08/02/201176 FR 46217
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End09/30/2011
Final Rule12/24/201378 FR 77795
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: HQ
Subtype: Merchant Marine Personnel
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Now!
Due Dec 05, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 11/03/2011
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0413
Comment Now!
Due Sep 30, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 08/02/2011
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0181
Comment Now!
Due Sep 30, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 08/01/2011
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0178
Comment Now!
Due Feb 16, 2010 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 03/23/2010
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0177
Comment Now!
Due Feb 16, 2010 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 11/18/2009
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0008

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/24/2014
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0430
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/02/2011
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0411
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/02/2011
ID: USCG-2004-17914-0412


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Agency Contact
Mark Gould
Project Manager, CG-OES-1
202 372-1409
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509
Washington, DC 20593-7509
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