STCW 2010 – Manila Amendments: Change or No Change?

Conventions are modified from time to time to cope up with the new technologies, stringent environment and safety policies and for improvement in the current system. On the same line, the STCW 95 convention was amended in manila on 25th June 2010 under the presence of IMO members, ensuring that the global needs for safety and environment policy and standard of training and certification to operate the advanced technology in coming future are achieved.

The Manila conference started on 21st June 2010 and it took five days for associate members to get consensus for amending STCW 95. The Manila amendment STCW 2010 will come in force on 1st January 2012

Major Changes and Amendments

Major changes and amendments were made for engine department followed by other structure of the system. The important changes to each chapter of STCW Convention and Code include:

1)     Revalidation for higher and managerial level officer for certificate of competency (COC) issued by any governing authority.

2)     New and improved training guidance for crews and officer serving onboard.

3)     New requirements for MARPOL awareness which includes training in leadership and teamwork.

4)     Stringent measures for preventing fraudulent certificate of competency (COC) to flow in international market.

5)     Rest hour onboard has been increased from 70 hours to 77 hours per week for decent working of seafarer onboard.

6)     Introduction of Electro-technical officer with approved training and COC.

7)     More facilities and better training for junior engineer and cadets to tackle the problem of shortage of officer.

8)     Updated drugs and alcohol policy and stringent medical examination.

9)     New requirement for Able seaman to have a certificate of competency for boarding vessel.

10) New methods of training in modern technology like electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS).

11) Stringent competency norm for ship staff serving on tanker, gas and chemical carrier.

12) New and improved requirement for ISPS trainings and also trainings to tackle the situation of piracy attack.

13)  Inclusion of modern training methods introducing distance learning and web based learning.

14) New training regulations for ship staff in polar water and personnel operating dynamic positioning system.

15) An initiative is taken by IMO to cope up the shortage of seafarer’s world wide by starting “go to sea campaign”.

The above mentioned points are just a bird’s eye view of the discussion held in Manila conference. More points will be included when the norms come on paper.

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Comments

  1. kram says

    I agree of the new amendments and i suggest here in our country that the training must be put in one certificate.coz we took many training certificate.i suggest the new one should be on focus.

  2. Shashi.. says

    i agree with wat kram says, carryin a bunch crtf were ever we go is a pain n also ppl have lost all the crtfs coz this while travelling. may we all seamen shud b given a electronic card or smart card wch is easy to carry n also has all details n can also b updates easily.

  3. tor says

    The electrical officers should have IMO certificate as all the other engineer officers because they have same technical background and same carrier. ships are not as the TITANIC anymore

  4. Kawawang Marino says

    STCW 2010 as I read is absolutely very very good.

    BUT THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID FOR THIS TRAINING SHOULD BE IN THE OWNERS/PRINCIPAL ACCOUNT NOT FOR THE SEAMANS BLOOD MONEY.

    YOU CAN REVISED EVERY YEAR LET SAY YOU’LL HAVE STCW 2011, 2012 AND SO ON, NO PROBLEM BUT YOU SHOULD CONVINCED ALL THE VESSELS OWNER THAT THIS THINGS SHOULD BE SHOULDERED BY THEM.

    BECAUSE IN THE PHILIPPINES ALL MARITIME AGENCIES HAVE CONNIVANCE TO THE TRAINING CENTERS WITH REGARDS TO THE AMOUNT OF TRAINING WHERE THE SEAMAN IS THE PRIME VICTIM.

  5. Kawawang Marino says

    IN THE REVISED STCW 2010 YOU SHOULD INCLUDE THAT THE CONTRACT OF SEAFARER FOR ALL RANKS MUST BE FOUR [4] MONTHS ONLY, NOT THE BLOODY 9 OR 10 MONTHS CONTRACT, BECAUSE IT IS NOT HEALTHY TO STAY LONGER THAN 4 MONTHS ONBOARD.

  6. Kawawang Marino says

    THIS IS FOR THE VESSELS OWNERS WORLDWIDE.

    THE IMO MUST CHECK AND CERTIFIED THAT ALL VESSELS OWNERS ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NEED AND WELFARE OF THE SEAMAN ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS.
    BECAUSE I OBSERVED THAT ALL VESSELS OWNERS IS BUYING CHEAP HAND GLOVES AND OTHER SAFETY GEARS FOR THE SEAMAN. PLUS THE FOOD ON BOARD THEY MUST BUY GOOD QUALITY FOOD FOR SEAMAN. AND THEY MUST PAY THE SEAMAN ON TIME,
    AND YOU MUST PERSONALLY CHECK THE LOCAL MANNING AGENCIES IN THE PHILIPPINES BECAUSE I EXPERIENCE THAT SOME AGENCIES IN THE PHILIPPINES THEY REMIT THE ALLOTMENT OF SEAMAN’S FAMILY VERY LATE.

    THESE ARE THE COMPANIES WHOM I KNOW THAT SENDING HOME ALLOTMENT OF SEAMAN IN LATER TIME. [KORPIL MANNING AGENCY- YOU HAVE TO CONTACT MR. BUBOY DELOS REYES] [PTC- SEABOARD CONTACT MR. EDWARD OCCENO]

  7. a.k. rewani says

    as convention says,regarding up gradation of gt.and area limitation for ncv certificate holders.should be implement ASAP.

  8. A.R. Jairaj says

    It has become apparent that introduction of university degree holders into shipping, particularly large numbers of female shore staff in manning agencies, maritime “universities” and shipping related government agencies has bureucratized shipping beyond relevance.

    The direct result of this policy of non-requirement for any shipping agency “admin” (read clerical) staff to have shipboard knowledge or shipboard work experience has caused a complete disconnect between shore and sea leaving a very tenuous line of communication between the two, i.e., the overworked, underpaid, exploited and expendable ship master.

    This last straw does not even command a “good day”, “thank you” or “sorry” from the average clerk who is more tuned in to the next holiday or the next pay packet.

    Change the system now or perish forever.

  9. the agent 47 says

    on lighter note …. one more amendment required in current STCW 2010… that is to add one more chapter on “Guidelines for treating mariner as humans in MMD”

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