The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW ) are legally binding for all signatory countries. The convention gives minimum legal standards for qualifications and training at sea; in short, Captains, officers, watch keepers, and crew must all complete differing levels of STCW training. Overseen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), STCW was originally ratified in 1978 but major amendments were agreed in 1995 (STCW ’95). Further major revisions to the STCW Convention were subsequently adopted by IMO in Manila in June 2010 to ensure that the necessary global standards are in place to train and certify seafarers to operate technologically advanced ships. Government of India has ratified STCW 2010 and has issued rules for implementation of the same with the issuance of Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers) Rules 2014.