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Bermuda does not issue certificates of competency but the Maritime Administration issues endorsements (STCW I/10) recognizing certificates issued by a range of other countries. Bermuda undergoes an external STCW audit every five years as required by the STCW Convention and is included on the “White List”.

Shipping Notice 2016-015 sets out the list of countries that are recognized.

The process for obtaining an endorsement is simple and can be completed electronically. As soon as the application is received the Administration will dispatch a scanned copy of the acknowledged application form which confirms that the application has been received and is being processed. This acknowledgment satisfies the requirements of the Convention for up to 3 months.

Bermuda also issues Seafarers Discharge Books. Like endorsements the application process can be completed electronically.


In accordance with Changes to the STCW convention entering into force 1 January 2017; it is possible to search for and verify the authenticity of Bermuda Endorsements.  This service is available Here.