I reached out to Transport Canada Media Relations for a statement on the Ship Safety Bulletin situation. Namely, were the Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency issued under the Ship Safety Bulletin 05/2017, still valid? I also asked about timeline of new guidelines (SSB) being issued, and what resources were made available to address the backlog of applications. I received a response a couple of days after asking.
Being a government response, it is very vague. Most of my questions were not answered directly, but here is what I boil down their answers to mean for Marine Engineers in Canada:
- For one, sounds like if you have been issued a CoC under the SSB when it was active, your good to go.
- Those who have application in the pipe, will be affected, how, it does not state.
- Those affected applicants will be contacted by Transport Canada.
- What the issues are with SSB 05/2017, they don’t say.
- TC should be issuing a new SSB in short order “…in the coming weeks”.
- New SSB will apply to existing, and new applications.
Ship Safety Bulletin Number 05/2017 (“Update on how to meet STCW 2010 Manila Convention Requirements for Officers and Ratings of the Engine Department”) has been rescinded as of November 7, 2017. A new ship safety bulletin will follow in the coming weeks and will apply to seafarers whose applications have not yet been fully processed and to seafarers making a new application.Transport Canada is assessing issues that have arisen as a result of the Ship Safety Bulletin Number 05/2017 being rescinded. Once the assessment is complete, Transport Canada will contact those seafarers directly affected.Transport Canada staff will process all pending and future applications, with affected applications treated on a priority basis.