The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) of the United Kingdom (UK) has delegated training elements applicable under the STCW Code for Merchant Navy seafarers to third-party training centres. These centres are approved by the MCA through audit and ongoing monitoring.
The MCA is responsible for ensuring that approved centres meet the training, assessment and quality standards set out in the STCW Convention Regulation I/6 and I/8 and in accordance with the provisions of section A-I/8 and A-I/8 of the STCW Code. This requirement is also set out in UK legislation in the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015, Statutory Instrument 2015 No. 782.
The MCA is investigating issues in respect of an MCA approved STCW Short Course provider. The issues relate to Short Courses that underpin Certificates of Competency issued by the MCA.
The issues the MCA is investigating have resulted in the MCA deciding to assess the competency of individuals, who have completed safety critical Short Courses against the criteria set out in STCW Convention and Code, on a case by case basis.