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Seafarer Security Certification Guidance Reached

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Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by IMO, to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code. The guidance recommends that, until July 1, 2015, relevant training under section 13 (Training, drills and exercises on ship security) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code should be accepted as being equivalent to that required under the STCW Convention and Code. The guidance was agreed by the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), meeting for its first session from February 17-21, 2014, which expressed its concern that large numbers of seafarers were reportedly unable to have access to approved training courses or were unable to be issued certification of security-related training in accordance with the STCW regulations. The Sub-Committee approved an STCW circular on Advice for port State control officers, recognized organizations and recognized security organizations on action to be taken in cases where seafarers do not carry certification required in accordance with regulation VI/6 of the STCW Convention and section A-VI/6, paragraphs four and six of the STCW Code after January 1, 2014

IMO Fishing Boat Protocal Now in Force

The International Convention on Training and Certification for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F 1995) enters into force. The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. The Convention consists of 15 Articles and an annex containing technical regulations. The STCW-F Convention has been ratified by 15 States: Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Kiribati, Latvia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Norway

Six-Month Grace Period For STCW 95 Compliance

IMO has issued advice to port state control officers that, for a period of six months after the February 1, 2002 implementation deadline for the revised Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), ships whose officers do not hold STCW 95 certificates or flag state endorsements need not be detained. The move comes in recognition of the fact that many seafarers have not yet been able to obtain the necessary certification required by the

VMT on IMO’s Recognition of Survival Craft Simulation

Image courtesy Virtual Marine Technology

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved proposed changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW ‘95) Convention at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines. Acceptance of the amended STCW Convention and its associated Codes means simulators have been formally recognized as a suitable tool for survival craft training. Virtual Marine Technology, manufacturer of SurvivalQuestTM

Supplemental Proposed Rule Published on Implementation of the Amendments to STCW

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard today announced the publication in the Federal Register of a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978, and changes to domestic endorsements. This proposed rule enhances maritime safety by ensuring U.S. mariners meet the standards laid out in the STCW Convention

Seagull Steps Up to High Voltage Demands

Roger Ringstad

Maritime training specialist Seagull has plugged a growing gap in shipboard expertise by launching new CBT titles targeted at High Voltage electrical systems operation and maintenance. The wider adoption of electrical propulsion, variable speed drives and cold ironing have combined to make shipboard higher voltage systems (above 1,000V) increasingly commonplace in the maritime industry. Two new Seagull courses, CD#0232 and CD#0233

LA/LB Issues Tug Escort Proposal

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding guidelines for tank vessel escorts for Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors. A public meeting will be held in Long Beach on June 15. Written comments on the NPRM should be submitted by the same date. The Proposed Amendments would, among other things, impose STCW hours of rest requirements on tug crews, even though the STCW does not directly apply to the tugs

Transas Installs ECDIS Simulators at Romanian University

Photo: Constanța Maritime University

Romanian university Constanța Maritime University will provide ECDIS training in accordance with the STCW 2010 requirements    Transas Marine has installed the ECDIS simulator class at the Constanța Maritime University (CMU), one of the first maritime schools in Romania to launch simulator-based courses to train bridge watchkeeping officers and other personnel in safe and efficient use of ECDIS in full compliance with the STCW 2010.  

Videotel Expands Maritime Training Programs


Videotel, an  international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched its latest Videotel on Demand (VOD) release, which includes a total of 59 e-Learning courses – 37 new, 22 updated. Simultaneously, the new print edition of Videotel’s training catalog, STCW Maritime Training Catalog 2015-2017, has been released, detailing the complete Videotel selection of 950 new and updated titles available in a range of formats

Integrated Training, Travel Solution to Meet New STCW, OPITO Regulations

  GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS), the specialist provider of world-class training for maritime personnel, has announced an agreement with ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, one of the leaders in travel solutions for the shipping and energy industries. The agreement will provide the first fully integrated training and travel offering for seafarers and crew seeking mandatory training under the International Convention on Standards of Training

‘Simulation and Training without Boundaries’

Photo: Transas

More than 200 experts from all around the world are expected to attend the global Simulation User Conference (SimUC 2016) “Simulation and Training without boundaries”, which will be hosted by Transas in Singapore on January 28, 2016.  

VSTEP GMDSS Simulators DNV-GL Certified

A VSTEP NAUTIS GMDSS Simulator Hardware Console (Photo: VSTEP)

Maritime simulator developer VSTEP said it has received DNV-GL accreditation for its recently introduced GMDSS Simulators. This certification is the latest addition to VSTEP’s range of DNV-GL certified NAUTIS maritime simulators as its GMDSS, Dynamic Positioning

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

Transas Launches High Voltage Training Breaker

Photo: Transas

Coming in response to recently introduced STCW requirements, Transas has launched a high voltage training solution for marine engineering and electrical training. The new rules require training to be conducted using real equipment, leading Transas to partner with the power technology specialist

Videotel Secures NMA Approval


  Videotel, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses. Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness

Captain Issued RMI’s First Unlimited Yacht License

Captain Jeff Perlstein, Faculty Coordinator, MPT; Amy Morley-Beavers, Academic Principal and Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, MPT; Captain Roberto Beretta; Captain Scott Field, Simulation Training Manager, MPT; and Captain John Hafner, Vice President, Seafarers’ Manning & Training, IRI.  (Photo: MPT)

Captain Roberto Beretta the first in the world to be issued this specific and highly-esteemed Master (Yachts) - Unlimited license by the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator   Private maritime training school Maritime Professional Training (MPT) announced it recently

Argentinian Center Installs Engine Room Simulator

Engine Room Simulator ERS 5000 TechSim at the Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  Buenos Aires, Argentina. Transas Marine has delivered its leading Engine Room Simulator ERS 5000 TechSim to the Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Center for Marine Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers is the corporate and trade

Ship Handling: Brush up on Maneuvering

Ship Handling, ISBN 978-90-71500-27-5, price €69,50, - €50,00

Ship Handling by Hervé Baudu   Responding to the recommendations arising from the STCW convention on the knowledge of maneuvering required of deck officers, the book Ship Handling analyzes all aspects of a vessel's maneuverability, whether passing through open water or confined waters

Transas Expands ECDIS Training Network in China

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The New Alliance Marine Training Center (NAMTC) has joined the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network (GET-Net), and shipping companies can now benefit from an ECDIS training from the first Transas GET-Net partner in China. The New Alliance Marine Training Center was established in Wuhan

New Simulator for Shipboard Firefighting

Photo: VSTEP

Press release- Following an extensive trial period and pilot sessions with professional AFF instructors and crews, VSTEP has launched its Advanced Fire Fighting Simulator (AFF) for shipboard incidents. The AFF simulator enables participants to experience and train any incident on board a ship

Crowley Offers LNG Training at JaxPort

Crowley Partners with GTI Collaborative for LNG Training at JaxPort

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently participated as one of several Gas Technology Institute (GTI) funding collaborators to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) awareness training to 150 stakeholders and first responders in Jacksonville. GTI

Can Company Strategies Enhance Competence?

Capt Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director QHSE & Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd.

  Capt Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director QHSE & Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd., delivered a theme address at the World Maritime Day symposium on "Shipping's future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?"

Singapore-issued CoCs need Revalidation


  Holders of Singapore-issued certificates of competency (CoCs) need to revalidate their CoCs to meet the requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW2010) and to be able to serve on

Norsafe Introduces Maintenance Agreements

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Norsafe, a  leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy. Called the Norsafe CARE Plan

Kongberg Releases K-SIM Cargo Handling Simulator Model

CCTV view of the manifold in the new K-Sim Cargo model, SCC-II (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Press release- Kongsberg Maritime has released its latest K-Sim Cargo simulator model, SCC-II, based on a Suezmax crude oil carrier with 12 cargo tanks and two slop tanks. Shown for the first time at Kongsberg Maritime’s European Simulator User Conference in Gothenburg this September

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