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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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The State Department will conduct an open meeting Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C., to prepare for the fourth session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping, which will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. 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;

- guidance for the implementation of the 2010 Manila Amendments;

- comprehensive review of the 1995 STCW-F Convention;

- role of the human element;

- revision of the guidelines on fatigue;

- draft modernization plan of the GMDSS;

- amendments to the IGF Code and development of guidelines for low-flashpoint fuels;

- revision of requirements for escape route signs and equipment location markings in SOLAS and related instruments; and

- revised SOLAS regulation II-1/3-8 and associated guidelines (MSC.1/Circ. 1175) and new guidelines for safe mooring operations for all ships.

Those planning to attend this meeting should notify the meeting coordinator no later than Jan. 17.

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