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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MorphoTrust Earns Highest Security Certification

Just before the holidays, MorphoTrust announced that it has earned the highest possible security certification from NASPO (North American Security Product Organization) for one of the company’s production sites. Reports MorphoTrust, the facility, which produces U.S. Drivers’ Licenses and ID cards for state motor vehicle agencies, is the first in history to achieve the NASPO [...]

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International Chamber of Shipping Concerned About January 1st Deadline

Recently, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has voiced concern to governments regarding the global preparations for granting thousands of seafarers new certificates for their security-related training by January 1st, a requirement of the Manila Amendments to the STCW. The ICS submitted a written request to the IMO, suggesting that member states consider extending the [...]

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Leadership and Teamwork Competencies Required by 2010 Manila Amendments

The deadlines for acquiring the training and competencies needed to comply with the requirements set out by the 2010 Manila Amendments are fast approaching, and one of those requirements is that nautical and technical officers raise their competence level with regard to Leadership and Teamwork. Competence in these skills applies to 2nd and 3rd officers [...]

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Seagull Announces Release of Equipment-Specific Training Module

Seagull, a leading maritime training provider, has just announced the release of its new equipment-specific training module for Japan Radio Company, Ltd. (JRC)’s ECDIS systems. Seagull developed the eLearning module in cooperation with JRC, one of the world’s leading ECDIS manufacturers, and this latest module is designed to give navigators equipment-specific familiarization training for the [...]

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Mandatory Security Awareness Training Requirement Goes into Effect on January 1st

As we head into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that with the new year comes more deadlines for required training under the Manila Amendments.  The STCW-95 Manila Amendments are quickly going into effect around the world, with the next, fast-approaching deadline being the mandatory security awareness training for all seafarers, which you will [...]

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Online Training with Calhoon MEBA Engineering School

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School has recently announced two new National Maritime Center (NMC)-approved online courses for Deck Officer. These online programs are designed to help deck officers upgrade or renew their licenses.  The programs allow self-paced completion, and testing at approximately 340 Prometric testing centers nationwide, offering a convenient option for those constantly travelling [...]

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STCW: General Ratings Requirements

With regard to STCW standards, there are three general ratings categories: Ratings forming part of a watch (engine or deck) Ratings not assigned watch-keeping responsibilities Ratings in training For each category, you must meet the minimum requirements of age, medical fitness, competence, and seagoing service time (if assigned watch-keeping duties). Ratings who do not have [...]

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TradeWinds Event to Examine the Jones Act in Contemporary Use

This week, New York City will host the TradeWinds Jones Act Shipping Forum at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.  Partnering with shipping market experts, TradeWinds will present a forum giving both seasoned maritime professionals and newcomers an opportunity to explore the options made available by the Jones Act. With the boom of shale [...]

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