The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping has issued an updated list of countries whose certificates of competency are accepted for the issue of endorsement attesting the recognition of non Cyprus certificates of competency under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended.
Georgia has been removed from the list in accordance with the decision of the European Commission dated 22 November 2010 which withdrew the recognition that had been granted according to article 18(3c) of Directive 2001/25/EC. The Department of Merchant Shipping will no longer issue Cyprus endorsements attesting the recognition of Georgian certificates of competency but endorsements already issued will remain valid until they expire. The Department of Merchant Shipping will reissue Cyprus endorsements attesting the recognition of Georgian certificates to masters and officers only on the basis of approved seagoing service on board Cyprus flagged ships, involving performance of duties appropriate to the certificate held, for an accumulated period of at least one year during the preceding five years.
The updated list of countries whose certificates of competency are accepted is as follows:
Republic of Korea
Republic of Montenegro
Republic of Serbia
* Countries which are in the process of being assessed by the European Commission.