The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to assist in the training and professional development of maritime professionals in Singapore.
MPA Singapore issued a circular concerning training and certification requirements for seafarers on ships, subject to the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The circular applies to shipowners, ship managers, masters, chief engineer officers, marine engineer officers, deck officers and ratings of Singapore registered ships subject to the IGF code.
Singapore’s MPA has moved to further improvements to its online application for the Certificate of Endorsement (COE). From now on, the Receipt of Acknowledgement (ROA) will be automatically issued upon submission of COE application on the Marinet, instead of two working dates. This will enable companies to sign on officers whom the company has assessed to be competent for the intended shipboard position, while waiting for the processing of COE application or if the COE do not reach the ship in time.
In conjunction with the ‘Day of Seafarer 2018’, Jurong Port, MPA Singapore, PSA, SMOU, and SOS jointly presented 600 gift hampers to ships calling at Singapore. The hampers, containing essential daily items, reached about 9,000 seafarers ‘as an appreciation for their contributions to the maritime industry’.
MPA Singapore signed a MoU with Singapore Associations with a view to develop human capital for the seafaring sector, identifying that new competencies and skills are required to operate the next generation of ships.
In light of the challenges faced by the shipping industry, the MPA Singapore has announced that it will be introducing a“Training Berth Relief Support”. This new scheme aims to help shipping companies sustain their efforts in cadet training by alleviating a part of their training costs.
A new Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 4 Master and Chief Engineer (Special Limit) programmess will be introduced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the National Trades Union Congress’ (NTUC) e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). The new programmes aim to deepen the skills of seafarers so that they could progress in their careers to become Masters and Chief Engineers.
The MPA Singapore has issued circular to provide updates on initiatives promoting seafaring careers. The Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce for Seafarers (TF-Sea) has launched the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for Maritime (Seafaring Deck Officer) and (Seafaring Marine Engineer) and the Employment Enhancement Programme (EEP) on 1 April 2016.
MPA Singapore has issued a circular to highlight that management level officers holding certificates of competency (CoC) issued by foreign maritime administrations must have appropriate knowledge of Singapore’s maritime legislation if they are seeking employment as masters, chief mates, chief engineer officers and second engineer officers on board Singapore-registered ships.
MPA recognises certificates of competency issued by foreign maritime administrations pursuant to Regulation I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW Convention).
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