The STCW 2010 Amendments will be going into full effect on January 1, 2016. Before you panic about the new requirements, first determine if these regulations apply to your license. Federal Regulation 46 CFR 11.301 Requirements for STCW Officer Endorsements states that the following vessels are exempt from STCW:
- Vessel operating exclusively on US inland waters or the Great Lakes.
- Fishing Industry Vessels, including fish-tenders.
- Vessels of less than 200 GRT operating on domestic near coastal voyages.
- Uninspected passenger vessels.
Just thought you should know before you spend thousands of dollars on courses for an endorsement that you may not need.