New Marine Order 71 relating to STCW master and deck officer qualifications

Wednesday 26 June 2024

The new Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) (MO71) will commence on 1 July 2024.

An officer at the helm in the Bridge of a vessel

MO71 is issued under the Navigation Act 2012 and establishes:

  • The standards of competence and other requirements for qualifying as a master or deck officer.
  • The implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).

Changes to the new version of MO71:

  • Removed ability to issue Master less than 24 metres foreign going certificate.
  • Updated and clarified transitional arrangements relating to the expired Marine Order 3—Seafarer Certification.
  • Updated to reflect the naming of new certificates of competency in Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency—national law).
  • The new marine order is easier to read.

Read the new Marine Order 71.

Remember to download a new AMSA form 419 every time you apply for a certificate or an assessment.

Between 29 March and 24 May 2023, we consulted on proposed changes to Marine Order 71.

The consultation feedback report is available. 

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