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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AA16 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978 
Abstract: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) comprehensively amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978, in 1995 and 2010. The 1995 amendments came into force on February 1, 1997. This project implements those amendments by revising current rules to ensure that the United States complies with their requirements on: The training of merchant mariners, the documenting of their qualifications, and watch-standing and other arrangements aboard seagoing merchant ships of the United States. In addition, the Coast Guard has identified the need for additional changes to the interim rule issued in 1997. This project supports the Coast Guard's broad role and responsibility of maritime safety. It also supports the roles and responsibilities of the Coast Guard of reducing deaths and injuries of crew members on domestic merchant vessels and eliminating substandard vessels from the navigable waters of the United States. The Coast Guard published an NPRM on November 17, 2009, and Supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) on March 23, 2010. At a June 2010 diplomatic conference, the IMO adopted additional amendments to the STCW convention which change the minimum training requirements for seafarers. In response to feedback and to the adoption of those amendments, the Coast Guard developed a second Supplemental NPRM to incorporate the 2010 Amendments into the 1990 interim rule. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10    46 CFR 11    46 CFR 12    46 CFR 15   
Legal Authority: 46 USC 2103    46 USC 71    46 USC 73    DHS Delegation No. 0170.1   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Meeting  08/02/1995  60 FR 39306   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  09/29/1995    
Notice of Inquiry  11/13/1995  60 FR 56970   
Comment Period End  01/12/1996    
NPRM  03/26/1996  61 FR 13284   
Notice of Public Meetings  04/08/1996  61 FR 15438   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/24/1996    
Notice of Intent  02/04/1997  62 FR 5197   
Interim Final Rule  06/26/1997  62 FR 34505   
Interim Final Rule Effective  07/28/1997    
NPRM  11/17/2009  74 FR 59353   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/16/2010    
Supplemental NPRM  03/23/2010  75 FR 13715   
Supplemental NPRM  08/01/2011  76 FR 45908   
Public Meeting Notice  08/02/2011  76 FR 46217   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  09/30/2011 
Final Rule  10/00/2013 
Additional Information: The docket number for this rulemaking is USCG-2004-17914. The docket is located at The old docket number is CGD 95-062. Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Mark Gould
Project Manager, CG-OES-1
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1409

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