Seychelles has to revise the Merchant Shipping Act of 2014.The revision is part of a preliminary report of a week-long inspection by three members of IMO.
Now that the country has been whitelisted, it has to ensure that the standards are maintained and weaknesses identified, rectified promptly. The audit comes a year after Seychelles, was whitelisted by the IMO at the 95th session in London, local media reports. During the audit, nine organisations were assessed including ports, coast guard, environmental organisations and lawmakers.
IMO has identified some areas which Seychelles needs to address to be fully compliant with the STCW Convention. These include improving communication of information to IMO and record-keeping to reflect the organisation’s requirements.
The audit’s final report will be given in two weeks, and Seychelles will have to provide a Corrective Action Plan on how to address its shortcomings.
Seychelles has three months to review all the weaknesses identified in the audit. An IMO team will re-assess Seychelles again in two years.