What checks should be made of an officer's Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Equivalent Competency at the time of engagement?

MCA Oral Exam Questions

(1) That the certificate was issued by a flag State Administration (in accordance with STCW Regulation 1/2); 

(2) that the certificate has been endorsed by the issuing Administration (STCW Convention Article VI and STCW Regulation 1/2); (3) that the certificate has been revalidated where required by STCW (this should be shown by endorsement); and (4) that the certificate is not a forgery, e. g. that it shows the wrong STCW chapter number for the officer's department, or wrong STCW regulation number for the officer's capacity, or wrong gross tonnage or engine power, etc.


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