Technical Circular No: 50/2020

Subject: Comoros Maritime Circular Ref No. 20/01857/COM on Crew Dispensation Letter

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  1. The STCW Convention establishes that in circumstances of exceptional necessity, Administrations may issue a Crew Dispensation Letter, based on the analysis of the situation and provided that this does not cause any danger to persons, property or the environment.

  2. Based on above, the Maritime Administration of Comoros, vide attached Circular Ref No. 20/01857/COM, has informed that the Administration may consider a request for a dispensation in cases where the seafarer for whom the dispensation is requested is in possession of a valid Certificate of Competency (where applicable, duly endorsed) for the rank below that in which he will serve and has served in that lower rank for at least 6 months on a ship of a similar size and type to that for which the dispensation is requested.

  3. Following general requirements shall apply;

    a.  The Crew Dispensation Letter shall not exceed the validity of thirty (30) calendar days;

    b. Crew Dispensation Letters to Masters and/or Chief Engineers shall not be granted, unless extremely unforeseen circumstances have occurred and relevant evidence has been submitted to the Administration;

  4. Each request for a Crew Dispensation Letter is to be submitted by the Owner / manager to any Deputy Commissioner or Administration’s Head Office accompanied by clear scanned copies of the following documentations:

    a. Application Form, duly completed;

    b. Supporting documentation as per the reason of request;

    c. Crew List;

    d. Documentation of the crew for whom the Dispensation is requested.

  5. Ship owners/ operators and masters of Comoros flagged ships are advised to be guided by above.


  1. Comoros Maritime Circular Ref No. 20/01857/COM, dated 01 April 2020.

  2. Application Form: CD_APPL_1.0


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.

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