Under the provisions of the STCW Convention and Code, the Secretary-General has been assigned certain functions, particularly with regard to information communicated under article IV and regulation I/7 of the 1978 STCW Convention, and section A-I/7 of the STCW Code.
Accordingly, the Secretary-General is required to maintain a list of competent persons approved by the Maritime Safety Committee, including competent persons made available and recommended by Parties who may be called upon to evaluate the reports submitted pursuant to regulations I/7 and I/8; and to assist in the preparation of the report required by STCW regulation I/7, paragraph 2.
To this effect, the Maritime Safety Committee, at its sixty-eighth session (28 May to 6 June 1997), approved a list of competent persons to be maintained by the Secretary-General (MSC/Circ.797).
The Committee, at subsequent sessions, has approved additional competent persons and issued revisions of the List (MSC/Circ.797/Rev.1 to 38).
The List has been further updated based on the information provided by STCW Parties, including withdrawals and inclusions of competent persons nominated in accordance with the form set out in Circular Letter No.1882, and approved by the Maritime Safety Committee at its 107th session (31 May to 9 June 2023).
Parties to the 1978 STCW Convention which have nominated competent persons are further requested to inform the Secretary-General, without delay, of any changes to their contact details, including when experts on the List are no longer available to serve as competent persons.