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STCW: The White List

What is the “White List”? The White List distinguishes the nations that have displayed and established a plan of full compliance with the STCW-95 Convention and Code.  Developed by an unbiased group of “competent persons” at the IMO, the White List was created using criteria such as what system of licensing the administration has, training [...]

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Seagull Releases Bulker Industry Training Standard

Industry leader, Seagull, has just released a new Bulker Industry Training Standard (BITS), which is a pre-defined competence management system designed specifically for the dry bulk industry. According to the company, the BITS is a computer-based tool, designed for officers on board a ship with unique maintenance, cargo handling, and operating practices.  The system can [...]

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UFS Urges Government to Examine Seafarers’ Hardships

Urging the government to examine the hardships of thousands of seafarers whose jobs are in jeopardy following the Philippines’ refusal to comply with the EU’s education and maritime safety requirements, the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) hold the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) responsible for the current state of Filipino seamen. According to UFS president, Nelson Ramirez, [...]

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New Training Program from Videotel Addresses STCW Regulations

Videotel Marine International has introduced a new training program, “Deep Water Handling”, which examines situations that vessels face in deep water, and addresses the best ways to handle those situations. Extreme weather and rough seas often make sailing very dangerous, and having a crew that is trained to minimize the risks and handle their ship [...]

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Philippines Continues to Try to Prevent the Blacklisting of Filipino Officers from European Vessels

In the Philippines, the Department of Transportation and Communication met with the EU to prevent the banning of Filipino officers from European ships. Following an audit last October, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) raised the possibility of blacklisting Filipino officers after they discovered deficiencies by the Maritime Industry Authority with regard to ensuring compliance [...]

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House and Senate Approve Bills Securing Jobs of Filipino Seafarers

On February 11, both houses of Congress approved bills to prevent the potential blacklisting of nearly 80,000 Filipino seafarers from vessels from the EU. Twenty-one senators voted to approve their bill, Senate Bill (S.B.) 2043, designating the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) the sole organization in charge of issuing certificates and training to over 400,000 Filipino [...]

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Videotel Introduces Passenger Crowd Control and Mustering Training

Videotel has introduced a new program highlighting the necessity of psychology in passenger evacuations, which has garnered a lot of attention recently in the industry. “Making the Difference – Passenger Mustering and Crowd Control” examines all aspects of passenger mustering, with particular attention to passenger flow on stairways, and the care of passengers once they [...]

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IMO Approves Guidance on Certification and Training Requirements

The IMO has recently approved guidance on certification and training requirements for seafarers and vessel security officers with designated security duties, in an effort to address practical issues that seafarers have been dealing with to obtain necessary security certification under the Manila Amendments. This new guidance recommends that until July 1, 2015, all relevant training [...]

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Recent Superyacht Fire Highlights Importance of New Training Requirements

A recent fire on Italian superyacht, Callisto, highlights the importance of the new safety training requirements, which are part of the Manila Amendments. Images of the fire show extensive damage of the vessel; however, it is clear looking at the photographs that any external damage was contained.  Said Steve Monk, managing director of safety training [...]

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STCW and the Final Rule

On December 24, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published its Final Rule, “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), as Amended, and Changes to National Endorsements.” The Final Rule incorporates the Manila Amendments to the STCW into U.S. regulations.  In addition, it [...]

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