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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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