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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 Holds Most Advanced Certificates

On December 18, 2012 Det Norske Veritas (Norway) issued statement of compliance for the Transas navigational and DP simulators.   As a result, the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 holds the most advanced certificates set in the maritime simulator industry; it has been certified as a Bridge Operation Simulator Class A with class notation “Integrated simulator system, NAUT AW (SIM), DYNPOS – AUT (SIM), HSC, TUG, ICE


IMO's STW 44 Committee to Consider ISM Code Amendment

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Standards of Training & Watchkeeping (STW 44) agenda items. The meeting is held from 29 April to 3 May 2013 in London and BIMCO’s Marine Department will be present. The Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping aims through the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), to set the standards of competence for seafarers internationally


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.  


Black Sea MOU Detains 6 Ships for Rest Hours Violation

Rest Hours data under inspection

  Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest 2014 carried out between 1 September 2014 and 30 November 2014 in the Black Sea MOU region shows the following preliminary results of the questions related to the verification both deck and engine room watch-keepers’ hours


Marine Casualties & Fast Ferry Follies

Joseph Keefe is the lead commentator of MaritimeProfessional.com.

Passenger vessel safety isn’t just a third world problem. It’s a worthy challenge to take up in 2015 and at the same time, a completely sobering way to ring in the New Year.   As the clock ticks down on yet another year, I couldn’t help but take note of the new cruise ship


Study Reveals Inadequate Rest Hours Compliance

Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest, carried out between September 1 and November 30, 2014 in the Paris MoU region show that 16 ships (14% of detentions during CIC) were detained over the three-month period as a direct result of the CIC for


Seagull Secures Panama Flag Approval

Cecilia Hernandez, Magdalena Carrera and Victor Almengor from Panama Maritime Authority, during the audit of Seagull Maritime’s training center in Horten, Norway. (Photo courtesy of Seagull)

Seagull Maritime said it has secured training center approval from the Panama Maritime Authority, marking the first time that an overseas company has done so following the PMA’s 2014 change of leadership. The approval process included a two-day inspection of Seagull Maritime’s Horten


Stena, Sonangol Launch Training Facility in Angola

Cadets at the Maritime Training Center

The Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) was officially launched on August 27 by top management from Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company and the Stena Group of Sweden. The CFMA is a world class maritime training facility


VIKING Saatsea Puts Crew Training in its Place

Viking Sattsea Training

VIKING Saatsea will be at SMM 2014 to showcase the revolution it has brought about in crew training – moving everything on board to cut costs, speed up certification, ease administration and create greater on-the-job satisfaction for crew being trained.


VIKING Steps Up Pace of Innovation at SMM

VIKINGs multi-layer flagship immersion suit in hi vis yellow approved without a lifejacke

This year’s SMM in Hamburg will see VIKING release more innovations than at any other point in its 50-year history, including new developments in PPE clothing, safety equipment outsourcing, onboard training solutions, and evacuation systems


Videotel Updates 'Fire Fighting at Sea' Training

Fire-fighting: Image Videotel

Maritime e-Learning provider Videotel, part of KVH Industries, says that it has launched an updated five-part series 'Fire Fighting At Sea', with the support and expertise of marine fire specialists and industry experts. This essential training includes scenes filmed on board the Vectis Osprey


Firefighting at Sea Training Launched

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Fighting a fire at sea is one of the greatest dangers facing seafarers. As a result, Videotel, a provider of maritime e-Learning and part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched an updated five-part series: Firefighting At Sea, with the support and expertise from marine fire specialists and industry


SUNY Maritime to Host Towing Industry Forum

The State University of New York Maritime College's Department of Professional Education and Training will host its 15th annual Towing Industry Forum Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The event’s itinerary is as follows: 0830–0900 Sign-in and continental breakfast


Transas Simulators Boosts Western Shipping Training Center

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Transas Marine Pacific has successfully completed the upgrade of a simulator complex for Western Shipping Pte. Ltd. training center. The simulator class was upgraded to the latest version of the Transas navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 to fully support ECDIS training as per STCW 2010


Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board

Photo: Videotel

Videotel has launched a new edition of its Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board program which supports the IMO requirement for a standardization of training and assessment for all member state countries as part of the revised and updated STCW - the ‘Manila Amendments’.


Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

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Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012. The “Manila Amendments - 2010” were adopted at a diplomatic conference at Manila, in the Philippines in 2010.


NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

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New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices


Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

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IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University   International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme






 
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