Association Technique Maritime et Aéronautique

Numéro : 2297 - Year : 1998

The internationalisation of the sailor certificates: the French position in the international negotiations

Jean-Claude GONIN, Direction des Affaires Maritimes et des Gens de Mer, Ministère de l'Equipement, du Logement, des Transports et du Tourisme


The world wide recognition of certificates issued to seafarers is a fact as well as a necessity. A fact because the process has already been ignited by the dismantling of traditional merchant fleets. A necessity because the safe operation of ships, their control with regards to crew qualifications and the professional mobility of seafarers require common as well as recognised competencies. The adoption of « universal » standards of competence under the leadership of the International Maritime Organisation sets up a new suitable legal framework. France participated in the set ting up of these standards and succeeded in gaining officiai recognition for certificates other than traditional deck or engine ones.

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