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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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DNV GL Approves Kongsberg Engine Room Simulators

Kongsberg Digital - K-Sim ERS DEDF Cruise Ferry  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two of its newest Engine Room Simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DNV GL-ST-033 March 2017 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim Engine models in December 2017. Now commercially available to all K-Sim Engine users…

MITAGS Holds STCW-95 Working Group

The STCW-95 Working Group held a conference at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) on September 4-5, 2002. Attendees included a diverse group of Government, Regulatory and Commercial Industry representatives. This conference was a continuation of work completed at previous sessions in 2001 and 2002. The mission of the STCW Working Group is to assist the United States Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) in developing policies that integrate the new STCW-95 requirements into the existing U.S. licensing system. Agenda items included a review of certification/qualification requirements for U.S. licenses and ratings that meet the STCW Code…

Norsafe Offers Complete Safety Package for Seafarers

Courtesy Norsafe

Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat crew. Gaining STCW approval is very timely for Norsafe as the Manila 2010 Amendments to the STCW-78 Convention stipulates that seafarers, who are qualified in the following areas…

Seafarer Security Certification Guidance Reached

Photo courtesy IMO

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…

ICS Suggests Security Training Grace Period

Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates for security-related training by January 1, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010). In a written submission to IMO, ICS has suggested that IMO Member States might give consideration to the possibility of an…

ISF Launches New on Board Training Book

The International Shipping Federation (ISF) has updated its widely-used On Board Training Record Book for Engine Cadets to meet the latest requirements governing seafarers’ training emanating from the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments. “The competence of engine officers is critical to safety and environmental protection. The updated ISF Book enables cadets and their companies to monitor and evaluate their on board training in a structured manner in accordance with the new STCW Convention requirements.” ISF Director Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw, explained.

U.S. to Adopt Delay in STCW 95 Enforcement

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it has adopted the recommendation of the IMO STW Subcommittee to delay enforcement of STCW 95 vis-à-vis foreign vessels until August 1, 2002. While the United States did not support the delay when it was proposed, neither it nor any other IMO member opposed the measure. The goal is uniformity in the application of STCW 95. Source: HK Law

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, Palau, the Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Spain, the Syrian Arab Republic and Ukraine, and also by Faroes, Denmark. The entry into force of the STCW-F Convention comes just days before a diplomatic conference…

MedLinks Receives USCG Approval for Training Site

The U.S. Coast Guard has approved MedLink to teach STCW-compliant medical training courses at Colonna Yachts’ megayacht refit yard in Norfolk, Va. In order to receive STCW certification, MedLink had to obtain U.S. Coast Guard approval on the courses’ curriculum, instructors and locations. MedLink offers two medical training courses that meet STCW standards: an 8-hour Elementary First Aid and a 21-hour Proficiency in Medical Care course. Colonna Yachts joins several other sites approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for MedLink’s use, with the facility meeting requirements for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers.

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 convention and that Parties to the convention have had difficulties in concluding the arrangements required to process reciprocal recognition endorsements.

USCG Procedure to Monitor Compliance with STCW 95

The US Coast Guard has released Policy Letter No. 02-04 which establishes the agency's policy on enforcement of STCW 95 during inspections of foreign-flag vessels during Port State Control (PSC) examinations. The certificates of officers serving on ships flagged by a state other than the one that issued their license must carry an endorsement from the flag Administration of the ship. Seafarers (other than radio officers or radio operators) may serve in a licensed capacity for a period of three months if they have a properly issued STCW 95 license and satisfactory proof that an application has been submitted to the flag state for an endorsement.

STCW Focus Team Chartered

RADM Robert C. North, the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, has chartered an STCW Implementation Focus and Coordination Team to monitor the progress of an coordinate efforts to implement the provisions of the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW Convention). The team will develop a coordination plan which will explain how the USCG will monitor and coordinate the steps being taken in the U.S. through the implementation period to give the STCW Convention full and complete effect. The team's leader is Capt. Bob Skewes…

STCW Focus Team Chartered

RADM Robert C. North, the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, has chartered an STCW Implementation Focus and Coordination Team to monitor the progress of an coordinate efforts to implement the provisions of the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW Convention). The team will develop a coordination plan which will explain how the USCG will monitor and coordinate the steps being taken in the U.S. through the implementation period to give the STCW Convention full and complete effect. The team's leader is Capt. Bob Skewes…

MedAire Receives Coast Guard Approval for STCW Training Sites

The U.S. Coast Guard has approved MedAire, Inc. to teach STCW-compliant medical training courses at two new locations in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The courses, which provide students with emergency first aid and medical training, can now be scheduled at the American Yacht Institute and the McVey House – a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary building. STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) is a set of standards and requirements set forth by the International Maritime Organization and adopted by many maritime nations. In order to receive STCW certification, MedAire had to obtain U.S. Coast Guard approval on the courses' curriculum, instructors and locations.

Security Training to Become Mandatory for Seafarers

The Manila amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Code (the STCW Code) came into force on 1 January, 2012. The revised Code (known as STCW 2010) introduced new minimum rest hours with immediate effect and a timetable of implementation dates for training and certification arrangements. July 1, 2013: New entrants commencing training are required to do so according to the standards laid out in STCW 2010. January 1, 2014: Mandatory security training for seafarers in accordance with STCW 2010 is required.

Coast Guard issues New Mariner Certification Form

The Coast Guard began issuing a newly revised U.S. STCW Endorsement, Form CG-5611 (Rev. 01-05), yesterday to qualified licensed and unlicensed merchant mariners. Over 59,000 U.S. merchant mariners hold a valid STCW endorsement. Mariners’ existing endorsements will be replaced at the time of their scheduled expiration or when their qualifications are upgraded. The new document contains significant security and accountability enhancements. The design is based on the U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License (Form CG-2849) and advice by senior intelligence officers at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensics Document Laboratory for cost-effective, fraud-resistant features; and the Production and Design Team of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The revised U.S.

USCG Debuts New Fraud Proof Mariner Forms

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard began issuing a newly revised U.S. STCW Endorsement, Form CG-5611 (Rev. 01-05), yesterday to qualified licensed and unlicensed merchant mariners. Over 59,000 U.S. merchant mariners hold a valid STCW endorsement. Mariners’ existing endorsements will be replaced at the time of their scheduled expiration or when their qualifications are upgraded. The new document contains significant security and accountability enhancements. The design is based on the U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License (Form CG-2849) and advice by senior intelligence officers at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensics Document Laboratory for cost-effective, fraud-resistant features; and the Production and Design Team of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The revised U.S.

VIKING Saatsea Courses Get Flag Approval

VIKING Saatsea gets flag-state approval for new onboard STCW e-training and certification management system

VIKING Saatsea has achieved flag state approval for its STCW on-board training solution with refresher modules according to new STCW 2010 Manila Amendments. The approval of the company’s 24/7, customizable certification management training (CMT) solutions enables shipowners to keep crew certificates up to date while at sea, cutting the number of days needed for land-based training from as many as nine to just one – a major cost and logistics saving – and ensures instant, automatic certification the moment training has been completed.

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, address revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training…

Swedish Club Academy Fears Limited Impact of STCW Revision

Martin Hernqvist at seminar in February 2013

Several years ago, when the IMO declared that resource management training would be given high priority in the revision of the STCW, The Swedish Club Academy was hopeful that a worldwide mandatory application of resource management would be the key factor in significantly reducing the frequency of maritime incidents and accidents. “We have been involved in resource management training for 20 years as a response to the large number of accidents caused by human and organizational errors and shortcomings,” said Martin Hernqvist, The Swedish Club Academy’s Managing Director.

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, including amendments adopted in June 2010. It also increases transparency by reorganizing, clarifying, and updating regulations regarding domestic endorsements. “This proposed rule is a key step in our efforts to update and clarify the requirements of both the U.S.

USCG: Marine Safety Information Bulletin

Notice on Implementation of 2010 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping Published. The Coast Guard will publish in an upcoming Federal Register a notice announcing steps for implementation of the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW) concerning hours of rest and security related training requirements. Because the…

Mozambique Workshop Supports Seafarer Training and Assessment

Photo: International Maritime Organization

An International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led workshop in Maputo, Mozambique is supporting countries in south-eastern Africa in implementing the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping ) Convention, which establishes international standards for training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers. The workshop (25-29 July) is familiarizing maritime administrations and maritime training institutes with all recent amendments to the STCW Convention and Code…

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