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The STCW Code Revision

Manila Amendments in 2010

The convention, which has an impact on standards of seafarers’ education and training, has been amended. This is said to affect the competitiveness and employability of seafarers in the global seafaring industry. The changes are major titled as "Manila Changes".

The STCW Code Revision

The conference was held in Manila in 21-25 June 2010 and changes were adopted on 25 June 2010 and amendments are set to enter into force on 1 January 2012 under tacit acceptance. The changes are told to be second major after 1995. Part A of the new Code is mandatory. The minimum standards of competence required for seagoing personnel are amended and identified on the tables. Part B of the Code contains recommended guidance which is intended to help Parties implement the Convention. The measures suggested are not mandatory and the examples given are only intended to illustrate how certain Convention requirements may be complied with. However, the recommendations in general represent an approach that has been harmonized by discussions within IMO and consultation with other international organizations.

The number of changes is adopted affecting the Chapters and the Code including:

  • Improved measures to prevent fraudulent practices associated with certificates of competency and strengthen the evaluation process (monitoring of Parties' compliance with the Convention);
  • Revised requirements on hours of work and rest and new requirements for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as updated standards relating to medical fitness standards for seafarers;
  • New certification requirements for able seafarers;
  • New requirements relating to training in modern technology such as electronic charts and information systems (ECDIS);
  • New requirements for marine environment awareness training and training in leadership and teamwork;
  • New training and certification requirements for electro-technical officers;
  • Updating of competence requirements for personnel serving on board all types of tankers, including new requirements for personnel serving on liquefied gas tankers;
  • New requirements for security training, as well as provisions to ensure that seafarers are properly trained to cope if their ship comes under attack by pirates;
  • Introduction of modern training methodology including distance learning and web-based learning;
  • New training guidance for personnel serving on board ships operating in polar waters; and
  • New training guidance for personnel operating Dynamic Positioning Systems.

The Manila Amendments have been adopted to ensure that the global standards will be maintained to educate, train and certify seafarers to operate the modern and technologically advanced vessels.

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