The PYA is aware of concerns now being articulated in the maritime press regarding the possible future validity of UK certificates of competency.
Crew should be aware and will appreciate that their UK MCA Certificate of Competency is strictly governed under an IMO Convention – Standards of Training and Watch keeping Certification (STCW). Under UK flag jurisdiction these are placed into law by a Statutory Instrument (Act of Parliament) in the UK Merchant Shipping Acts – as amended. These standards are therefore international in application and NOT subject to changes in the political membership of the EU.
Separately, the EU Directives (regulations) governing employment within the EU MAY be affected by BREXIT negotiations. The PYA will continue to monitor the ongoing discussion between the EU and the UK on maritime related issues and advise members of any significant developments.