- Reference is made to DGS M.S. Notice No. 03 of 2012, dated 27 January 2012, which requires that “all deck officers shall complete training for the ‘specific type’ of ECDIS equipment installed on the Indian ships on which they are working”.
- The Directorate General of Shipping, GOI, has now issued NT/EXAM Circular No. 04 of 2017 (copy attached) clarifying that the requirement of completion of training for the ‘specific type’ of ECDIS equipment by the deck officers as required by M.S. Notice No. 03 of 2012 is no longer applicable.
- However the Companies shall remain responsible for ensuring that seafarers employed on their ships are familiarized with the installed equipment as stipulated in regulation 1/14 of the STCW Convention and Section 6.3 of the ISM Code.
Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to be guided by above.
- DGS NT/EXAM Circular No. 04 of 2017, dated 14 December 2017.
This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.