South Africa has become the 25th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). T
he Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.
H.E. Dr. Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande, Minister of Transport of South Africa, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, to deposit the instrument of accession (2 July). South Africa ratified the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety in 2016.