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STCW requirements

For all vessels around the world, the following STCW training is required.

Training must be conducted at an accredited shoreside training facility in your country. We will assist you to locate a suitable training facility if neccessary.

STCW - 95 Basic Safety Training - this comprises the following modules:

Crowd Management (IMO/OMI 1.28) - This course can be done online, as an alternative to a shoreside school if you prefer. The direct link to the course is:

Crisis Management / Human Behavior Training (IMO/OMI 1.29) - This course can be done online, as an alternative to a shoreside school if you prefer. The direct link to the course is:

Security Awareness (IMO/OMI 3.27) - This course can be done online, as an alternative to a shoreside school if you prefer. You should take the course "Security Awareness for Cruise Ship Staff (Liberia Flag Approved)". The direct link to the course is:

Certified Proficiency in Survival Craft (IMO / OMI 1.23) *** ONLY REQUIRED IN SPECIAL CASES ***

Suggested training schools:


CEDEMAR, in Merida, Yucatan - they also have offices in other locations - please contact them for more information. They offer all the required courses for joining a vessel, and also offer the courses necessary for obtaining a Mexican seaman's book, if you need or want to obtain one.
Contact CEDEMAR - or by phone at 01 999 920 24 46.

CIMAR has locations in Cozumel, Coatzacoalcos, Poza Rica, Tampico, Tuxpan, Veracruz and Ciudad del Carmen, and offers all required courses including documents to obtain Mexican Seaman's Book. Contact information on their website -

IENPOP - main office is in Mexico City, however they have locations around the country. They offer all required courses depending on location (Basic Safety Training, Crowd Management, Crisis Management, Security Awareness) and also offer the Iniciacion course which you will need if you are applying for a Mexican Seaman's Book.
TEL. 01(55)56 59 28 69

IENPAC provide all of the required courses depending on location - they have facilities in Progreso, Yucatan as well as Cd del Carmen, Campeche - Paraiso, Tabasco - Villahermosa, Tabasco - Tampico, Tamaulipas - Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz - Minatitlan, Veracruz - Veracruz, Veracruz - Campeche, Campeche - Alvarado, Veracruz - Playa del Carmen, Q.Roo - Poza Rica, Veracruz. 
For contact details of all the locations, see IENPAC website at


Panama Ship International is located in Panama City, Panama, however offers courses in various countries, as well as distance training options. To check if they have courses in your country, or whether they can assist with distance training for the course you require, contact them by email or via their website:

In Guatemala, we suggest you contact the naval school. Telephones are:
Puerto Quetzal: +502 78811460/62
Santo Tomas de Castilla: +502 79600685

In Colombia, we suggest you contact Avante -

In Peru, we suggest you contact Escuela Nacional de Marina Mercante - or ICMA - or Cruceros Peru
In Trujillo, we suggest you contact Centro de Instruccion Maritima San Martin - 044 602992 - -

In Ecuador, we suggest you contact La Escuela de la Marina Mercante Nacional - Phone ​04 2591234 ext 264 - 254 - 225

Please be aware that all certificates and documents submitted to us in connection with employment will be verified with the issuer, and that the submission of forged/fraudulent documents is illegal under MLC2006 & maritime law, and is cause for immediate termination of employment, joining process, and future opportunities.