IMO to adopt STCW Convention revis
Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention) are set to be adopted at a diplomatic conference to be held in Manila on June 21 to 25, 2010, under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). IMO said the draft amendments to the STCW Convention and the code mark the first major revision of the two instruments since 1995, which completely revised the original 1978 Convention and introduced the Code.
It was expected that once the proposed amendments have been adopted, the necessary global standards will be in place to train and certify seafarers to operate any modern, technologically advanced ships well into the future.
Among the measures due for adoption in Manila are a number of important changes to each chapter of the Convention and Code, including:
? improved measures to prevent fraudulent practices associated with certificates of competency and strengthen the evaluation of Parties' compliance with the convention;
? updated and expanded requirements on hours of work and rest and new requirements for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as updated standards relating to medical fitness for seafarers;
? incorporation of new certification requirements for able seafarers; new requirements relating to training in modern technology such as electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS);
? new requirements for marine environment awareness training and training in leadership and teamwork;
" new training and certification requirements for electro-technical officers and electro-technical ratings;
? updating of competence requirements for personnel serving on board all types of tankers, including new requirements for personnel serving on liquefied gas tankers;
? new requirements for security training, as well as provisions to ensure that seafarers are properly trained to cope in the event of attack by pirates;
? introduction of modern training methods including distance learning and web-based learning; new training guidance for personnel serving on board ships operating in polar waters;
? new training guidance for personnel operating dynamic positioning systems; and new training guidance for personnel serving on board off-shore support vessels.