We are seeking feedback on proposed changes to Marine Order 71 – relating to STCW master and deck officer qualifications.

Consultation closed 24 May 2023

About Marine Order 71 and the proposed changes

Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 (MO71) relates to standards of competence and other conditions to be satisfied to be a qualified master or deck officer under the Navigation Act 2012. It also gives effect to the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW).

This review is not intended to result in significant changes. The changes include:

  • Removing the ability to issue Master under 24 metres foreign going certificate. This certificate has not been issued since 2016 and is no longer required.
  • Updating and clarifying transitional arrangements in Division 3, relating to the expired Marine Order 3—Seafarer Certification (MO3).
  • Updating the naming in Marine Order 71, where required, to reflect the naming of new certificates of competency in Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency—national law).
Key dates

29 March 2023

  • consultation opens

24 May 2023

  • consultation closed

1 January 2024

  • Proposed commencement of revised MO71
Find out more about the proposed changes to MO71
Have your say on proposed changes to Marine Order 71

Submit your feedback using our online form (consultation closed).

Please ensure you provide your feedback by 11.59pm on 24 May 2023.