Technical Circular No:082/2017

Subject: Belize Merchant Marine Notice reg. 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW convention and code- Minimum Safe Manning Certificate

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  • International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) has issued a merchant marine notice MMN-17-004 regarding issuance of Minimum Safe Manning Certificate in accordance with 2010 Manila amendment to STCW convention. 
  • 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Convention requires seafarers to carry certificates and flag endorsements meeting new regulations as per 2010 amendments to STCW Convention, however neither Resolution MSC.1/Circ.1560 nor Resolution A.1047(27) includes re-issuance of Minimum Safe Manning Certificate (MSMC). 
  • Inclusion of regulation II/5-Able Seafarer Deck and III/5-Able Seafarer Engine by 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW convention affects crew members certified in accordance with regulation II/4-Rating forming part of a navigational watch and regulation III/4- Rating forming part of a watch in manned engine room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine-room. 
  • These new regulations are for crew members with higher qualifications with respect to other two regulations. 
  • In order to avoid adverse or unwanted situations during Port State Control or concern inspections; administration has decided to process the re-issuance of existing MSMC to include new regulations in accordance with 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW convention and code. 
  • Administration will make reference to both regulations and all new and re-issued MSMC will contain below information:

a. Watch keeping Deck Rating- Reg. II/4 or II/5

b. Watch keeping Engine Rating- Reg. III/4 or III/5

  • Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to be guided by above


1. Belize Merchant Marine Notice MMN-17-004.



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