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Watchkeeping, manning and qualification requirements: commercial vessels over 24m and private pleasure vessels over 150gt

​​​​Complying with international standards

Pleasure craft

The Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (the STCW Convention) only applies to Jersey-registered pleasure craft over 150 gross tons.

This means that under Jersey law, pleasure craft not in commercial use and which are 150 gross tons or less do not have to comply with crew qualification and manning requirements.  They may still be subject to national legislation depending on which territorial waters they operate in.

This exemption does not relieve the master and crew from safety obligations under any other convention (such as SOLAS or COLREGS).


Commercial vessels of 24m or more and private pleasure vessels over 150gt

Commercial vessels of 24m or more are subject to the STCW Convention as it applies in Jersey.

Additionally, Jersey applies the STCW Convention standards to private pleasure craft over 150gt.  This has the force of law in the Shipping (Training, Certification and Manning) (Jersey) Order 2004.

Shipping (Training, Certification and Manning) (Jersey) Order 2004 on Jersey Law website

As a master or an owner of a Jersey vessel in one of these categories, you must make sure you comply with the international standards for watchkeeping, manning and certification requirements for your crew.

Guidance regarding this sets out the key responsibilities of a master or owner, including:

  • the appropriate certification requirements for the crew

  • the training standards required 

  • the minimum safe manning levels​

Download the manning policy manual (size 235kb)​

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