STCW renewal requirements

Coast Guard MISB 08 20 change 4 just came out

The way I read, and understand things, for a short time the refresher/renewal STCW schools will not be required

A extensive sea service letter stating you have had 360 days at sea with training in the STCW, seems to be required, but requirements for schools seem to waived

Anyone want to review the bulletin and chime in? Might be a good time te renew your lisc, save a lot of time and money for all those schools


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MSIB 08-20, dated June 4th, does not appear to say anything about exempting renewals from the revalidation class.

Not the original MSIB, the changes to it. It’s mentioned CHANGE 3 and CHANGE 4 to the MSIB.

It’s been out since late August in CG-MMC Policy Letter 03-20.

It only applies if you have one year of service in the past 5 years AND only if your MMC has an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

It’s the same letter that’s been required for over 15 years.

See above. It only applies if you have the one year of service AND if the expiration date of your MMC is between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. And this policy ends on July 1, 2021.

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Dear Mr Cavo
Mine expires 05 March 2021
Hence why I was so interested in this
It has been slightly difficult locking down refresher/renewal course available and what’s needed
So…big question…with a 05 March 2020, expiration date…Yes I can renew without taking the couses?

Thanks (I was hoping you would chime in, you always have straight answers)


You would be eligible based on the expiration date of March 5, 2020 or March 5, 2021. You have conflicting dates in your question.

Thank you

How are you supposed to social distance doing STCW refresher courses. It scares me a little thinking that I have to sit in classrooms and pack each other in life rafts. Emergency on a vessel is different. I’m sure most of us remember how to climb into a life raft. We do drills every week. This renewal crap is just another money machine . For the sea schools