MARINA chief says new conventions on STCW to make Pinoys more competent, proficient seafarers

September 12, 2010 1:13 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 12 — Newly-appointed Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Emerson Lorenzo said the recently-ratified conventions in the standards of training, certifications, and watchkeeping (STCW), will make Filipino seafarers more competent and proficient mariners.

Lorenzo, in a statement, said the so-called Manila Amendments ratified by the International Maritime Organization and other stakeholders, is pretty easy for Filipino sailors to comply with considering their long experience and training at sea.

The Philippines supplies 28 percent of the 1.2 million strong crews manning the global merchant marine fleet.

He added that the MARINA is now in the process of ensuring that all maritime training centers and institutions in the country will comply with the new provisions.

"With the two-year period before the amendments take effect, we have more than sufficient time to fit these provisions into our training curriculum," Lorenzo pointed out.

Rules agreed upon in this recently-concluded maritime meet include:

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. (PNA)

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