In this article we will explore what is Certificate of Competence or CoC.
A Certificate of Competence (CoC) is issued and endorsed by the administration, for masters, officer and GMDSS radio operators in accordance with the provisions of chapters II, III, IV or VII and entitles the lawful holder thereof to serve in the capacity and perform the functions involved at the level of responsibility specified.
Seafarers working on board a ship are required to have a valid Certificate of Competency (CoC) or endorsement, which comply with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW).
The International Convention on STCW, 1978, as amended, sets the standards of competence for seafarers internationally which deals with assessments of seafarers to ensure that they have acquired acceptable standards of skills and competence to perform the required tasks onboard ships.
A CoC is valid for 5 years and has to be re-validated every 5 years (after passing medical, period of sea service, additional training if required) to enable the holder to qualify for sea service. The Competent Issuing Authorities issues endorsements to seafarers (who have completed specialized training in approved institutes, and for Seafarers who have met other requirements as prescribed to work on specialized ships such as petroleum, gas and chemical tankers (Tanker Endorsements) and passenger ships.
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