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IMO Maritime Safety Committee 94th Session Outcome

Held in IMO Headquarters, 17-21 November 2014 IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu opened the 94th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) chaired by Mr Christian Breinholt (Denmark) / Image Credit: IMO FlickrThe IMO's Committee on Maritime Safety (MSC) held its 94th Session (MSC 94) from Monday 17 through Friday 21 November 2014. The meeting was conducted by Chairman, Mr Christian Breinholt (DENMARK) and his Vice-Chair, Captain M Segar (SINGAPORE); both were re-elected for 2015 during the course of the meeting. Three working groups (WG) and one drafting group (DG) were formed and chaired as follows:WG1Polar and IGF Codes, Mrs J Stemre (NORWAY)WG2Goal Based Standards and Formal Safety Assessment, Mr J Sirkar (USA)WG3Amendments to SOLAS and Related Mandatory Instruments, Mr M Tsuchiya (UK)DG1Amendments to Mandatory Instruments, Mr H Tunfors (SWEDEN)The Polar CodeThe committee approved WG1's report in general and, in particular:approved changes to the definitions of the Polar Code and Arctic waters;instructed the Secretariat to inform MEPC 68 of such changes for harmonisation purposes;adopted a new SOLAR chapter XIV and associated MSC resolution;instructed the III Sub-Committee to consider survey and certification matters under the provisions of the Polar Code in its next review of the HSSC Guidelines;adopted the Polar Code and its ...

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IMO Maritime Safety Committee Outcome

The IMO's Committee on Maritime Safety (MSC) held its 93rd Session (MSC 93) from Wednesday 14 through Friday 23 May 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr Christian Breinholt (DENMARK) and his Vice Chair, Captain M Segar of SINGAPORE). 104 Member States attended the meeting during which a drafting group (DG) and two working groups (WG) were subsequently formed and chaired as follows:

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Implementation of certification requirements re security training for seafarers

The IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) at its first session (17 to 21 February 2014), reviewed progress with the implementation of certification requirements related to security-awareness training and training for seafarers with designated security duties, in accordance with regulation VI/6 of the STCW Convention and section A-VI/6, paragraphs 4 and 6 of the STCW Code by Parties.

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Guidance on security certification for seafarers agreed

During IMO Sub- Committee on HTW, Session 1, 17-21 February 2014 Until 1 July 2015, relevant ISPS training can be accepted as equivalent to STCW certification (Image Credit: IMO) Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by IMO, to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code.The guidance recommends that, until 1 July 2015, relevant training under section 13 (Training, drills and exercises on ship security) of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code should be accepted as being equivalent to that required under the STCW Convention and Code.The guidance was agreed by the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), meeting for its first session from 17 to 21 February 2014, which expressed its concern that large numbers of seafarers were reportedly unable to have access to approved training courses or were unable to be issued certification of security-related training in accordance with the STCW regulations.The Sub-Committee approved an STCW circular onAdvice for port State control officers, ...

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IMO Sub- Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping Outcome

1st Session, 17- 21 February 2014, IMO Headquarters The IMO's Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping held its 1st session (HTW1) from Monday 17 through Friday 21 February 2014 under the Chairmanship of Mr Bradley Groves (AUSTRALIA) and his Vice-Chair, Mrs Mayte Medina (USA); both were subsequently re-elected for 2015. This Sub-Committee, acronym HTW, has assumed responsibility for matters formerly dealt with by STW (Standards of Training and Watchkeeping) following this year's rationalisation of the IMO Sub Committee structure.Three working groups (WG) were formed and chaired as follows :WG1 Training Matters (Manila Amendments), Mrs M Angsell (SWEDEN)WG2 Training Matters (Polar waters/ Passenger Ship Safety Training), Mr N Makar (MARSHALL ISLANDS)WG3 Other Issues (Including carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form), Captain M de Gracia (PANAMA)Also, two drafting groups (DG) were formed and chaired as follows:DG1 Validation of model courses, Item 3 (part), Captain G Edenfield (USA)DG2 Validation of model courses, Item 3 (remainder), Captain M Yadav (INDIA)Highlights emerging from the meeting Validation of Model Training CoursesPrior to the formation of DG1 and DG2, discussion in Plenary established :the importance of ensuring that the revised model courses reflect the content of the STCW Code ;the content aligns with the knowledge, ...

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