The New U.S. STCW Endorsement

The article discusses the recent changes to the endorsement required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW). Prompted by the need to make license forms more compatible with computer generation, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) began issuing reengineered license forms in January 2002. In February 2003, because of heightened emphasis on identity document security in the wake of 9/11 events, USCG began issuing a revised Merchant Mariner's Document form. The new forms incorporated a variety of new security features, including a broad spectrum of anti-counterfeiting technology. The new forms will significantly enhance the security of the STCW endorsement and form the final link in the chain of secure U.S. mariner credentials.


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  • Accession Number: 01003725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2005 11:04AM