The Daily Journal is prescribed under STCW Regulations II/1 2.3 and III/1 2.3. It is a record or documentation of activities or tasks undertaken during a bridge or engine room watch-keeping duty. According to STCW Circular No. 2014-02, it is mandatory for candidates for licensure examinations and application for Certificate of Competency (COC) as OIC-NW or OIC-EW to submit their Daily Journal.
STCW Circular No. 2014-02 also states that the Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) are the ones responsible for the full and effective compliance of their students with regards to their Daily Journal.
It is also required that at least 180 days of watch-keeping duties or equivalent to 6 months should be recorded. The Daily Journal does not necessarily requires consecutive number of days but accumulated days are also accepted. The circular specifies that a day of watch-keeping duty is equivalent to a maximum of four hours of duty per day.
The Daily Journal shall be mandatory by January 01, 2016 as per STCW Advisory No. 2015-08.
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