Disclaimer:  While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on this page is accurate, this is a guide only and no guarantees for the currency or accuracy of information are made.  Marlins does not accept any liability for any cost, loss, disruption or damage caused by using the information below.


The following table lists flag state authorities and their current recognition, acceptance or approval status of Marlins STCW security elearning.  Where the table refers to "White List", this means the STCW White List, which includes both Liberia and UK MCA.


Marlins emphasise that companies and individuals should not rely on this list, but must contact the relevant flag state authority to check precise requirements.


Last updated:  26th January 2016 (see end of page for amendments)


Flag Security Awareness Security Duties Notes / Link
Antigua and Barbuda Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: http://abregistry.ag/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/STCW-Circ-2013-001-Security-Training-for-Seafarers2.pdf
Australia Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Notice: https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/Attachment/ShowAttachmentInline/659
Bahamas Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.bahamasmaritime.com/downloads/Bulletins/118bulltnrev03.pdf
Additional: 
www.bahamasmaritime.com/downloads/Bulletins/121bulltn.pdf
Barbados Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.barbadosmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/bulletin-215.doc
Bermuda Recognises White List Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Notice: www.bermudashipping.bm/useful-information/download-forms/doc_download/76-2013-025-security-training/
List: 
www.bermudashipping.bm/useful-information/download-forms/doc_download/64-2011-015-stcw-endorsement-arrangements-/
Brazil - - Approves and recognises only Brazilian training providers
Bulgaria - - Under review
Canada - - Approves Canadian training providers only
Cayman Islands Accepted (based on Liberian approval) Accepted (based on Liberian approval) Notice: www.cishipping.com/portal/page/portal/srghome/survey/shippingnotices/2013/SN042013R1.1

Notice: 
www.cishipping.com/portal/page?_pageid=4362,7586525&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Croatia - - Approves Croatian training providers only
Cyprus Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/dms/dms.nsf/All/2D66DA892C87AFFDC2257C3D0043617A/$file/30-2013%20(9-12-2013)%20.pdf?OpenElement
Germany Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.deutsche-flagge.de/de/befaehigung/security-related-training
Gibraltar Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.mantamaritime.com/downloads/flag_news/SGN%20045%20STCW%20Security%20related%20training.pdf
Hong Kong Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Notice: www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnote/pdf/msin1250.pdf
List: 
http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnotice/stcw_hke.html
Ireland - - Approves Irish training providers only
Isle of Man Formally approved since April 2014 (Cruise ship version is exempt) Formally approved since April 2014 (Cruise ship version is exempt) Notice: www.gov.im/lib/docs/ded/shipregistry/survey/shippingNotices/msn046stcwregulationvi6securit.pdf

Notice: 
www.gov.im/lib/docs/ded/shipregistry/survey/shippingNotices/msn046stcwconventionregulation.pdf
Italy - -
Liberia Formally approved since 5th March 2014 Formally approved since 5th March 2014 Notice: www.liscr.com/liscr/Portals/0/MarineOperationsNote_01-2013.pdf
Luxembourg Recognises Member Parties to STCW Convention Recognises Member Parties to STCW Convention Notice: www.maritime.lu//sites/maritime.lu/files/files/pdf/legislation/reg_circulaires/005%20Security%20Training%20STCW.pdf
Marshall Islands Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MSAdvisory_66-13.pdf
Malta Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.transport.gov.mt/admin/uploads/media-library/files/Notice%20109%20-%20Implementation%20of%20the%20International%20Convention%20on%20Standards%20of%20training,%20Certification%20and%20Watchkeeping%20for%20Seafarers,%20As%20Amended.pdf
Montenegro - - No bilateral agreements with UK MCA or Liberia, so will not recognise either flag approval.
Myanmar Will consider MCA certificate on case-by-case basis Will consider MCA certificate on case-by-case basis
 
Netherlands Recognises EU/EEA and specific list (includes UK MCA and Liberia) Recognises EU/EEA and specific list (includes UK MCA and Liberia) Notice: www.ilent.nl/Images/Information%20Bulletin%20on%20STCW%20Manila%20Amendments_tcm334-329322.pdf
Additional: On 8th May 2014, in telcon with Dutch Kiwa, Marlins confirmed that Liberia is on the specific list of bilateral agreements.
New Zealand Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia) Notice: www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Commercial/Seafarer-licensing/Revalidate-STCW.asp#Security_training
Norway NMD Recognises Liberia Recognises Liberia
Panama Recognises White List


Recognises White List Notice: www.nashapanama.com/index/pages/seafers/Circulars/2013/Circular%20No%20%20021-2013%20SECURITY%20AWARNESS.pdf
Additional: Panama Registry approves all courses that are issued and approved by an administration of a country under the IMO white list. All courses issued by a school or institution approved by the UK are approved and accepted by Panama.

Aug 2016: We have been informed that issuing authority for the Panamanian discharge book ask specifically for security awareness training certificates to be issued in the country of domicile.
Philippines Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.marina.gov.ph/policies/MCs/MC%202013-09.pdf
Poland - -
Romania - -
Singapore MPA Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_16_of_2013.pdf
South Africa tbc tbc Advice being sought from SAMSA for clarification of certificate recognition notice:  www.samsa.org.za/sites/samsa.org.za/files/MN%2022%20of%202015.pdf
Also:  www.samsa.org.za/sites/samsa.org.za/files/MN%204%20of%202014.pdf
Spain Recognises Member Parties to STCW Convention
Recognises Member Parties to STCW Convention
Notice: www.fomento.gob.es/NR/rdonlyres/8FC49409-22AF-4ED1-AC86-671F273F0DD4/122014/FORMACIONBASICAENPROTECCIONMARITIMACOMUNICADO1.pdf
Sri Lanka - - Recognises Sri Lankan training providers only
Notice: 
www.dgshipping.gov.lk/web/images/pdf/rules/1818_37_2013.pdf
St Vincent & the Grendines Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.svg-marad.com/Downloads/Circulars/STCW/STCW%20005%20Security%20Related%20Training%20and%20Instructions%20for%20Seafarers.pdf
Switzerland Recognises White List Recognises White List
Turkey - -
UK MCA Formally approved, for Approved Test Centre assessments only, since 1st April 2014 Formally approved, for Approved Test Centre assessments only, since 1st April 2014 Notice: www.dft.gov.uk/mca/min480.pdf
Notice (superceded): www.dft.gov.uk/mca/min472-2.pdf
List: www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/workingatsea/mcga-trainingandcert/mcga-cec/dqs-st-stc-cecinfo.htm
Vanuatu Recognises White List Recognises White List Notice: www.vanuatumaritimeships.com/Documents/FleetSafetyLetters/091713.GEN.pdf 


List of changes:


23/03/2017: Added guidance for Spain

22/02/2017: Added guidance for Montenegro

17/01/2017: Added guidance for South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)

26/01/2016: IOM and Cayman Island links updated due to URL changes

28/05/2015: Panama guidance revised

22/12/2014: Myanmar advice added, based on client feedback

13/05/2014: Luxembourg row added, with circular

12/05/2014: Link to Panama notice added and other links refreshed

08/05/2014: Netherlands acceptance of Liberian approval confirmed by telcon

30/04/2014: First version published to Marlins Support

06/02/2014: Revised UK MCA notice [MIN 480(M)] added