MARINE INFORMATION NOTE
MIN 332 (M)
Ship Security Officer Certification: Recognition
Note to all owners, masters, deck officers, engineer officers and ratings of merchant vessels, and those concerned with maritime training.
This note will expire 31 July 2009.
Where this document provides guidance on the law it should not be regarded as definitive. The way the law applies to any particular case can vary according to circumstances - for example, from vessel to vessel and you should consider seeking independent legal advice if you are unsure of your own legal position.
From 01 January 2008 the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code) included training requirements for Ship Security Officers (SSOs).
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will accept an SSO certificate issued by another maritime administration if:
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1.1 From 01 January 2008 the STCW Code included training for SSOs, through International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolutions:
1.2 Under the Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997 the MCA accepts CoCs issued by some other maritime administrations for use on UK-registered vessels; but only if there is a successful application for a certificate of equivalent competency (CEC).
2.0 Recognition of SSO certificates
2.1The MCA will accept an SSO certificate issued by another maritime administration if:
2.2 Therefore, personnel who have an accepted SSO certificate can serve on a UK-registered vessel as the SSO. They do not have to get an MCA SSO certificate.
2.3 A list of accepted CoCs is in the Annex; this was correct at the time of printing. You can get a current list of accepted CoCs from our website or contact us to check if there has been any update.
Seafarer Training & Certification Branch
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
105 Commercial Road
Tel :+44 (0) 23 8032 9231
Fax : +44 (0) 23 8032 9252
General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
MCA Website Address: www.mcga.gov.uk
File Ref:MC 124/001/0024
Please note that all addresses and telephone numbers are correct at time of publishing
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Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas
List of maritime administrations whose CoCs are accepted by the MCA.
|EU/EEA Member States||Non EU/EEA Countries|
|Greece||Peoples Republic of China|
|Iceland||Republic of Korea|
|Latvia||Serbia and Montenegro|
|Republic of Ireland|
This list was correct at the time of printing.
You can get a current list of accepted CoCs from our website or contact us to check if there has been any update.