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State Dept. Shipping Meeting to Cover Human Element and Training Matters

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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The State Department’s Shipping Coordinating Committee will conduct an open meeting Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., to prepare for the second session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping, which will be held Feb. 2-6. The agenda items to be considered at this meeting include the following:

- decisions of other IMO bodies;

- validated model training courses;

- reports on unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency;

- revised guidelines for model course development, updating and validation processes;

- guidance for the implementation of the 2010 Manila Amendments;

- follow-up action to the STCW-F Conference resolutions 6 and 7;

- role of the human element;

- development of guidance for personnel involved with tug-barge operations;

- revision of guidance for model course development, updating and validation processes;

- mandatory code for ships operating in polar waters;

- review of STCW passenger ship specific safety training;

- training in hot work procedures on crude oil tankers;

- first outline of the detailed review of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS);

- E-navigation strategy implementation plan;

- guidelines for shipowners and seafarers for implementation of relevant IMO instruments in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods in packaged form by sea; and

- non-mandatory instrument on regulations for non-convention ships.

Those planning to attend this meeting should notify the meeting coordinator no later than Jan. 9.

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