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Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin 29/2022 on Canadian recognition of Ukrainian seafarers STCW certificates

News & Insights 13 December 2022

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Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin 29/2022. This contains the process on how a seafarer with a valid STCW certificate issued by Ukraine and who intends to work onboard a Canadian flagged vessel as a master or...

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Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin 29/2022. This contains the process on how a seafarer with a valid STCW certificate issued by Ukraine and who intends to work onboard a Canadian flagged vessel as a master or an officer can apply for a Canadian endorsement. The Canadian endorsement will be valid for a period that does not exceed the expiry date on the face of the Ukrainian certificate it endorses. The IMO Circular letter no.4232/Add.18 will be considered when determining the expiry date of a Canadian endorsement in circumstances where a Ukrainian seafarer is in possession of an expired certificate of competency.

A Ukrainian seafarer who holds a Canadian endorsement, which on the face of the document expires on 31 December 2022, will receive a new Canadian endorsement with an expiry of 30 June 2023. The bulletin covers the application steps required for a Ukrainian seafarer to extend the validity of an existing Canadian endorsement which expires between 1 January 2023 and 30 June 2023. 

The bulletin is available on the Government of Canada website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your usual club contact.

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