The purpose of the International Code of Safety for Ship Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels is to provide an international standard for ships, other than vessels covered by the IGC Code, operating with gas or low-flashpoint liquids as fuel.
The two new courses validated concern:
- Advanced training for masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the International Code of Safety for Ship Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code); and
- Basic training for masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code.
Following discussions on the process to develop, revise and validate model courses, the Sub-Committee agreed on the systematic use of the Model Course Trust Fund to hire experts for the development and revision of model courses under its purview, subject to the Secretariat's contracting process.
The Sub-Committee also discussed the possible conversion of IMO model courses to e-learning versions and agreed to advise the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), as the parent body, that this would need further careful consideration.
Converting to e-learning would change the current approach and goals of IMO model courses.
However, the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) could be invited to consider how e-learning material could assist with the implementation of instruments other than the STCW Convention.
IMO model courses assist Member States and other stakeholders to develop detailed training programmes, to effectively implement the provisions of IMO instruments.