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Bermuda does not issue certificates of competency, however the STCW Convention is extended to Bermuda and Bermuda is included on the “White List”.
Officers in Bermuda ships who hold certificates of competency issued by a country outside the UK and on the list of accepted countries in Bermuda Shipping Notice 2010-008 must have a Bermuda Endorsement issued in accordance with the Convention. The Bermuda endorsement should be carried on board with the officer’s original certificate of competency.
Bermuda recognizes a wide range of certificate of competency issuing countries and the full list is set out in the Shipping Notice.
The process of obtaining an endorsement is simple and set out fully in Shipping Notice 2010-008. It can be completed electronically, but the application must be made by the ship’s manager or owner.
In outline the process is: