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Seafarers urged to renew international STCW certificates
Thursday, August 18, 2016, Australia
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is urging seafarers with international qualifications to check the validity of their STCW certificates.This is in recognition that many qualifications are set to expire on December 31, 2016, including previously perpetual certificates.In line with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (STCW), for certificates to be valid past December 31 seafarers are required to demonstrate continued competencies for a range of certificates.

The new continued competence requirements are not required for near coastal certificates and near coastal perpetual certificates will not be affected for domestic qualification holders under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.

All seafarers holding STCW certificates (excluding GMDSS Radio Operator Certificates) must have completed sea survival and firefighting training every five years to renew their certificates under the changes.

Previously perpetual certificates that need to be renewed include Certificate of Safety Training, Integrated Rating, Chief Integrated Rating, Able Seaman, Deck Rating and Engine Room Rating.

Continued competence requirements for holders of Certificate of Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats are also required under the changes and all seafarers must complete security awareness training once in their career.

Ship Safety General Manager Allan Schwartz said seafarers should ensure any new training under the requirements is undertaken before revalidating their certificates, as the December 31 deadline approaches….

… Revalidating in advance of the deadline will deliver a new expiry date five years from December 31, not from the date of application, so there is no penalty for getting in early.

Further information about the changes is available here:

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority ( Media Release dated 17 August 2016

Inspection works in Eastern Harbour Crossing, Cha Kwo Ling & Quarry Bay
Thursday, August 18, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately one week, underwater CCTV inspection works for the cathodic protection system of the Eastern Harbour Crossing [are being] carried out in the following areas:AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.902’N / 114 deg. 13.785’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.881’N / 114 deg. 13.748’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.916’N / 114 deg. 13.727’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.923’N / 114 deg. 13.742’EAREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22 deg. 17.451’N / 114 deg. 12.823’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.463’N / 114 deg. 12.830’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.432’N / 114 deg. 12.898’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.421’N / 114 deg. 12.891’E

The works will be carried out by a work boat. A working area of approximately 15 metres around the work boat will be established.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. The vessel engaged in the works will not stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

The vessel engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, bearing in mind there are divers working in the areas.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.108 of 2016

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