Draft amendments to extend emergency training for personnel on passenger ships were agreed by the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), when it met for its third session.
The Sub-Committee agreed draft amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and its related STCW Code, to require personnel serving on board passenger ships to have completed passenger ship emergency familiarization appropriate to their capacity, duties and responsibilities.
They would also require masters, officers, ratings and other personnel designated on the muster list to assist passengers in emergency situations on board passenger ships to undergo passenger ship crowd management training.
The draft amendments to regulation V/2 and section A-V/2 of the STCW Convention and Code, respectively, related to Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on passenger ships, will be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 96) for approval.
The STCW Code new section A-V/2 (Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on passenger ships) covers "Passenger ship emergency familiarization" and "Safety training for personnel providing direct service to passengers in passenger spaces".
The review of the passenger ship training requirements was part of the long-term action plan on passenger ship safety agreed following the Costa Concordia incident in January 2012.
Damage control drills - draft SOLAS amendment agreed
The Sub-Committee agreed the draft of a new SOLAS regulation to require damage control drills to take place on all passenger ships from 2020.
The new regulation II-1/19-1 would require regular damage control drills to take place onboard the ship. Damage control drill scenarios would need to be varied for each drill so that emergency conditions are simulated for different damage conditions and, as far as practicable, they would be conducted as if there were an actual emergency.
The drill would include checking damage control information and the onboard damage stability computer, flood detections systems, communications, watertight doors; operation of bilge pumps and checking of bilge alarms; and damage survey.
Model courses validated
The Sub-Committee validated three revised model courses on: Radar Navigation at Operational Level; Personal safety and social responsibilities; and Advanced Training for Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations.
The Sub-Committee agreed terms of reference to develop 11 draft new or updated model courses:
• Ratings as able seafarer in a manned engine room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine room;
• Ratings forming part of a watch in a manned engine room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine room;
• Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers;
• Training course for Instructors;
• Onboard assessment (model course 1.30);
• Basic training for ships subject to the IGF Code;
• Advanced training for ships subject to the IGF Code;
• Basic training for ships operating in polar waters;
• Advanced training for ships operating in polar waters;
• Ratings as able seafarer deck; and
• The use of Engine-room Simulation for training and assessment of seafarers in the engine department (model course 2.07).
Review of STCW-F initiated
The Sub-Committee endorsed provisional principles and scope for the review of the 1995 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, which entered into force in 2012. The review would aim to update and revise the treaty, taking into account the unique nature of the fishing industry, the fishing working environment and prevention of damage to the marine environment. The MSC will be invited to approve the proposed provisional principles and scope for the review.
The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above.
Revised ISM implementation guidelines agreed
The Sub-Committee agreed draft amendments to the Revised guidelines on the implementation of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code by Administrations (resolution A.1071(28)). The revisions update the guidelines, including a new section on practical training for performing verification, including a requirement for a person authorized to carry out ISM audits to have completed at least four training audits.
Revision of fatigue guidance continued
The review of the Guidelines on fatigue continued. The Sub-Committee established a correspondence group to review proposed amendments and further develop the revised guidelines.
IMO adopted Assembly resolution A.772(18) on fatigue factors in manning and safety, in 1993. This was followed with the development of comprehensive guidance on fatigue mitigation and management, including guidelines on fatigue in nine modules, which was issued in 2001. The MSC in 2014 agreed on the need to review and update the guidelines.
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