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ISSN 2083-6473
ISSN 2083-6481 (electronic version)




Associate Editor
Prof. Tomasz Neumann

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TransNav, Faculty of Navigation
Gdynia Maritime University
3, John Paul II Avenue
81-345 Gdynia, POLAND
Review of European Maritime Certification of Competence Practices
1 Maritime Innovators, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
3 National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
ABSTRACT: This paper specifically highlights the various elements of the national practices that are routinely carried out at project partner national administration level with respect to Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers (STCW) training and endorsement of seafarers in the Certification and Competency (COC), particularly within the European Union. The methodology used in this paper contains the research mainly conducted with 6 partner countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Slovenia) with a series of questions designed to capture information as much as possible in the early stages for the project, information around maritime training of seafarers and their certification in various roles and competencies. The chapters represent the current practices at national level for partners of the project and the target audience responded provided to compare specific requirements and training practices with reference to international standards. This information is used to investigate any barriers that are currently present for seafarers certificate of competency in endorsement or recognition of their professional qualifications.
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Citation note:
Acar U., de Melo Rodríguez G., Curran N.: Review of European Maritime Certification of Competence Practices. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 18, No. 1, doi:10.12716/1001.18.01.13, pp. 139-142, 2024
Authors in other databases:
Ugurcan Acar: Scopus icon57297514500
Germán de Melo Rodríguez: Scopus icon55649310700
Niall Curran:

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