The Maritime Safety Committee,
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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Maritime Safety Committee - Resolution MSC.417(97) Amendments to Part A of the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code (Adopted on 25 November 2016) - The Maritime Safety Committee,

The Maritime Safety Committee,

The annex of this document has been consolidated into STCW Code

RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee,

RECALLING ALSO Article XII and regulation I/1.2.3 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 ("the Convention"), concerning the procedures for amending part A of the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code,

NOTING that there will be a transitional period between the entry into force of the Polar Code and the amendments to the STCW Convention, and that section B-V/g of the STCW Code provides guidance regarding the training of masters and officers for ships operating in polar waters which should be applied by Administrations during the transitional period,

HAVING CONSIDERED, at its ninety-seventh session, amendments to part A of the STCW Code, proposed and circulated in accordance with Article XII(1)(a)(i) of the Convention,

1 ADOPTS, in accordance with Article XII(1)(a)(iv) of the Convention, amendments to the STCW Code, the text of which is set out in the annex to the present resolution;

2 DETERMINES, in accordance with Article XII(1)(a)(vii)(2) of the Convention, that the said amendments to the STCW Code shall be deemed to have been accepted on 1 January 2018, unless, prior to that date, more than one third of Parties or Parties the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than 50% of the gross tonnage of the world's merchant shipping of ships of 100 gross register tons or more, have notified the Secretary-General of the Organization that they object to the amendments;

3 INVITES Parties to note that, in accordance with Article XII(1)(a)(ix) of the Convention, the annexed amendments to the STCW Code shall enter into force on 1 July 2018 upon their acceptance in accordance with paragraph 2 above;

4 URGES Parties to implement the amendments to section A-I/11 and section A-V/4 at an early stage;

5 REQUESTS the Secretary-General, for the purposes of Article XII(1)(a)(v) of the Convention, to transmit certified copies of the present resolution and the text of the amendments contained in the annex to all Parties to the Convention;

6 REQUESTS ALSO the Secretary-General to transmit copies of this resolution and its annex to Members of the Organization, which are not Parties to the Convention.

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