Dieseldame is quite right, as is carbob, and the IMO addressed this.
STCW 95. It allows any of us to use our National Certificate to work on our own shios, and then we go and get a CoE for the flag state of the ship you wnat to work on. We are all trained to the same level, can work any where in the world, we have the White List; what more could you want !!
Right, have you ever seen so much BS. As I have said many times, I have no problem with jobs for the boys, but money talks, and the less you want, the better your chances are of a job. The more you put up with the better your chances. The restrictions have been put in place by our own flags, and companies. They dictate to the IMO, the IMO move an act, and so we " progress " ?????
I take my hat off to those that still have a few scruples, and those that want to get into this industry, it can be very rewarding, but we are no longer considered in the same high regard. Ships engineers are fast becoming pawns on the International chess board. Just another thorn in the side of commerce, so rules will be manipulated to accomodate the situation.