What principles are required to be taken into account in issuing alternative certification under STCW chapter VII?

MCA Oral Exam Questions

(1) The issue of alternative certificates shall not be used in itself to reduce the number of crew on board, to lower the integrity of the profession or "de-skill" seafarers, or to justify the assignment of the combined duties of the engine and deck watchkeeping officers to a single certificate holder during any particular watch. 

(2) The person in command shall be designated as the master; and the legal position and authority of the master and others shall not be adversely affected by the implementation of any arrangement for alternative certification. (STCW Reg. VII/3.3)


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