These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under paragraphs (c) and (d) of section 8(2)) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
These Regulations amend the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/782) which gave effect to requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and implemented, in part, Directive 2012/35/EU (amending Directive 2008/106/EU) on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The effect of the amendments is to enable continued recognition of certificates issued both by EEA States and other states that are a party to the STCW Convention where those states were so recognised before exit day. The amendments create a mechanism for the future recognition of parties to the STCW Convention by the Secretary of State, and a power for the Secretary of State to withdraw recognition in certain circumstances.