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:  4th January 2018 (see end of page for amendments)


FlagSecurity AwarenessSecurity DutiesNotes / Link
Antigua and BarbudaRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: http://abregistry.ag/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/STCW-Circ-2013-001-Security-Training-for-Seafarers2.pdf
AustraliaRecognises 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
BahamasRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: https://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/118bulltnrev03.pdf
Additional: 
https://www.bahamasmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/121bulltn.pdf
BarbadosRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.barbadosmaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/bulletin-215.doc
BelgiumRecognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia)
Recognises specific list (including UK MCA, not Liberia)
Jan 2018:  Advised in email from FPSMT that they accept all EU countries and some other countries under MOU, not including Liberia
BermudaRecognises White ListRecognises 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 IslandsAccepted (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
CyprusRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/dms/dms.nsf/All/2D66DA892C87AFFDC2257C3D0043617A/$file/30-2013%20(9-12-2013)%20.pdf?OpenElement
DenmarkRecognises EU countries onlyRecognises EU countries only
Notice: www.dma.dk/Vaekst/Rammevilkaar/Legislation/Orders/Order%20on%20maritime%20security%20training%20on%20board%20ships.pdf#search=STCW%20security
GermanyRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.deutsche-flagge.de/de/befaehigung/security-related-training
GibraltarRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.mantamaritime.com/downloads/flag_news/SGN%20045%20STCW%20Security%20related%20training.pdf
Hong KongRecognises 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 ManFormally 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--
LiberiaFormally approved since 5th March 2014Formally approved since 5th March 2014Notice: www.liscr.com/liscr/Portals/0/MarineOperationsNote_01-2013.pdf
LuxembourgRecognises Member Parties to STCW ConventionRecognises Member Parties to STCW ConventionNotice: www.maritime.lu//sites/maritime.lu/files/files/pdf/legislation/reg_circulaires/005%20Security%20Training%20STCW.pdf
Marshall IslandsRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.register-iri.com/forms/upload/MSAdvisory_66-13.pdf
MaltaRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: 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.
MyanmarWill consider MCA certificate on case-by-case basisWill consider MCA certificate on case-by-case basis
 
NetherlandsRecognises 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 ZealandRecognises 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 NMDRecognises LiberiaRecognises Liberia
PanamaRecognises White List, not Liberia


Recognises White List, not LiberiaNotice: www.panamaconsul.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Circular-No-021-2013.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.

Mar 2018: We have been informed about Circular DGGM-UCC-030-2017, which states the Panamanian Administration does not recognize course certificates issued to non-nationals by the Maritime Administration of Liberia.
PhilippinesRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.marina.gov.ph/policies/MCs/MC%202013-09.pdf
Poland--
Romania--
Singapore MPARecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/shipping_circulars/sc_no_16_of_2013.pdf
South AfricatbctbcAdvice 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
SpainRecognises 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 GrendinesRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.svg-marad.com/Downloads/Circulars/STCW/STCW%20005%20Security%20Related%20Training%20and%20Instructions%20for%20Seafarers.pdf
SwitzerlandRecognises White ListRecognises White List
Turkey--
UK MCAFormally approved, for Approved Test Centre assessments only, since 1st April 2014Formally approved, for Approved Test Centre assessments only, since 1st April 2014Notice: 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
VanuatuRecognises White ListRecognises White ListNotice: www.vanuatumaritimeships.com/Documents/FleetSafetyLetters/091713.GEN.pdf 


List of changes:


05/03/2018: Updated Panama guidance to state Liberia is no longer accepted

22/01/2018: Refreshed links for Panama guidance

04/01/2018: Added guidance for Belgium

14/06/2017: Refreshed links for Bahamas guidance

28/04/2017: Added guidance for Denmark

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