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Key event of 2010

Key event of 2010
IMO has cited the recent Manila Conference a key event of 2010's "Year of the Seafarer".

IMO has cited the recent Manila Conference a key event of 2010's "Year of the Seafarer".

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has cited the recent Manila Conference a key event of 2010's "Year of the Seafarer" representing the pinnacle of efforts to improve the regulatory regime for seafarers The conference adopted major revisions to both the STCW Convention and Code, thus ensuring that the necessary global standards will be in place to train and certify seafarers to operate technologically advanced ships for some time to come.

The Manila amendments contain provisions on hours of rest for watchkeepers, while the resolutions adopted by the conference include one on the ?Year of the Seafarer? and another establishing 25 June annually as the ?Day of the Seafarer.?

IMO also noted the actions completed or in progress to date, which aim at meeting the three main objectives of the Year of the Seafarer ? increasing awareness among the general public of the role of the seafarer in international trade and civil society; highlighting concern about issues facing seafarers including fair treatment in the event of a maritime accident, piracy, abandonment in foreign ports and denial of shore leave; and making progress in the regulatory arena in matters affecting seafarers.

The participants expressed satisfaction with the positive publicity in favor of seafarers the theme has attracted worldwide so far and undertook to intensify, within their respective areas, their efforts to deliver the action plan so that 2010 would make a difference in all matters concerning seafarers.

The IMO also cited the Philippines program to assist national seafarers who have been held hostage by pirates in Somalia and their families, during the post-release period, to cope with the traumas the captivity has caused them.

IMO said that Philippine initiative was a good example to be followed elsewhere in the world aside from the charity work already being undertaken by shipping companies and organizations, to support seafarers who had been held hostage and their families.

Reverend T. Heffer, Secretary-General of the Mission to Seafarers, underlined the role of the mission"s global network of chaplains and volunteers, who were able to provide assistance to seafarers of all nationalities and faiths, in the event of a piracy attack or any other occurrence that might have a negative impact on them.

Participants welcomed the actions taken so far by the various parties involved and pledged to continue to promote the objectives of the Year of the Seafarer and to use the yearly celebration of the 25th of June as an opportunity to enhance the status, safety and security of seafarers.


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