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“Manilsky amendments”


From 21 to 25 June 2010 in Manila at the request of the President of the Philippines and the invitation of the Government of the Philippines under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Diplomatic Conference of the Parties was held the International Convention 2010 of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW- 78). Objective of the conference was the adoption of amendments to the STCW- 78 and the Code of Training and Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The conference was held under the leadership of the President of the Conference Mr. Neil Ferrer.
Conference was opened by IMO Secretary-General Mr. E. Mitropoulos. In his welcoming speech, Vice – President of the Philippines, Mr. Noli de Castro. Was read out a congratulatory message to the UN Secretary General Conference delegates with an expression of sincere gratitude to seafarers for their invaluable contribution to the development of world trade and business. 2010 was declared the ” Year of the Seafarer “. The Conference was attended by representatives of 85 States Parties to the Convention, a State not a Party, three associate members of the IMO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), two intergovernmental organizations and 18 non-governmental organizations.

The Conference adopted the amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, the final act signed by representatives of 82 States Parties to the Convention, including the representatives of the Russian Federation. Conference used the draft text of amendments to the Convention and the STCW Code, prepared by the Subcommittee on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for its 41st session in January 2010 and approved by the Committee on Maritime Safety at its 87th session in May 2010

In fact, the text was adopted by the STCW Convention and the STCW Code as amended.

June 25, 2010 representatives of the Parties to the Convention was signed the Final Act of the Conference, approving the text of amendments:

  • Resolution 1. to the International Convention.
  • Resolution 2. to the STCW Code.

In addition it was decided another 17 other resolutions.

  • Resolution 3. According to the decision of the Conference agreed to the amendment to the Convention and the STCW Code are called Manilsky: «The Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978.”
  • Resolution 4. Transitional provisions and early implementation.
    Parties to the Convention are encouraged to implement the Manila amendments without delay, with a view to their possible use in early national technical knowledge, skills and professionalism of seafarers.
  • Resolution 8. Working out recommendations on the application of international standards for the health of seafarers.
  • Resolution 9. Revision of existing model training courses, published by the International Maritime Organization, and the development of new model courses.
  • Resolution 10. Promotion of technical cooperation.
  • Resolution 11. Mery resolution to ensure the competence of masters and commanders of ships operating in polar waters.
    The Conference recognizes the need to have mandatory requirements concerning preparation for swimming in polar waters, and encourages governments to adopt measures to ensure the passage of such training captains and commanders of ships persons who swim in these waters.
  • Resolution 12. Attract new personnel and preservation of old sailors on Navy personnel.
  • Resolution 13. Providing cadets positions on board. Conference encourages shipping companies and shipowners praktikantskie provide space on existing and under construction ships.
  • Resolution 14. Assistance in participation of women in the maritime industry.
    Conference calls to attract women to work in the maritime industry, keeping them equal rights with men.
  • Resolution 15. Future amendments and revisions to the Convention and the STCW Code. Recommended amend, usually every 5 years (subject to a 5- year cycle), and a comprehensive review of the Convention and Code, in connection with the growth of technology spending in 10 years.
  • Resolution 16. On the contribution of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
  • Conference urges Governments that have not yet ratified the International Convention on Labour 2006 (MLC 2006), do it as quickly as possible.
  • Resolution 17. Role of World Maritime University International Maritime Law Institute and the International Academy of the IMO Maritime Safety, Security and Environmental Protection (IMSSEA) in achieving high standards of maritime training.
  • Resolution 18. God sailor.
    Expressed deep appreciation to seafarers around the world for their unique contribution to international maritime trade. Governments, shipping companies and maritime community organizations are encouraged to take appropriate action for the recognition of this contribution seafarers propaganda service for the navy as a decent selection of young people and encouraged the continuation of the navy those who have chosen this profession.
  • Resolution 19. Day of the seamen. Conference decided to establish June 25 of each year, beginning in 2010, as “Day of the seaman.”
    Governments, shipping organizations and companies, shipowners and all other interested parties are encouraged to provide assistance for a wide celebration of the “Day of the seafarer ” in their countries.

“Manila rules” make these the most significant changes:
Clarified name and a definition of types of documents issued to seafarers in accordance with the requirements of the Convention. The following group of documents :
· Certificate of competency – cum facial commanders, captains issued, the ship’s officers and GMDSS radio personnel in accordance with the provisions of Chapters II, III, IV or VIII of the Convention.

· Certificate of proficiency (certificate of professional competence) – means a document issued to the seafarer, other than A person command structure, which confirms that the requirements of the Convention in respect of training, competence and experience of swimming performed. This group includes documents on the qualifications of persons enlisted personnel, issued in accordance with the requirements of Regulation II / 4, II / 5, III / 4, III / 5, VII / 2, as well as some training certificates required by the STCW Convention, in particular, the evidence for work on tankers, ship security officer certificate, etc.

· Documentary evidence (documented) – means a document, other than a cum facial command structure or a vocational training certificate, which confirms that the requirements of the Convention are fulfilled. This group, in particular, will treat the training certificate survival personnel on passenger ships, etc.

2. Determined that the documents on the competence (certificates) issued by the captains and commanders of the parties ships in accordance with the requirements of Regulation II / 1, II / 2, II / 3 (skippers), III / 1, III / 2 (mechanics), III / 6 (Electromechanics), IV / I, IV / 2 (radioexperts) or VII / 2 (with integrated skilled occupations) and certificates of professional competence issued in accordance with regulations II / 4, II / 5 (sailors), III / 4, III / 5 (motorists), III / 7 (electricians), VII / 2 ((specialists with integrated professions), as well as the preparation of documents in accordance with the rules V/1-1, V/1-2 (certificate preparation for work on tankers) should only be issued by the Administration.

A list of information to be entered in the certificate of professional competence. Provides that the title of the certificate must match the professionalism of the substance of the rules of the Convention (for example, if the certificate is issued in accordance with the requirements of regulation VI / 3, paragraph 2 ” Mandatory minimum requirements to prepare for combat Advanced Fire “, then the title of the certificate must be “Fighting Advanced Fire » (Advanced Fire Fighting).
Specified requirements documents to the Registry sailors. Provided that, beginning with 01.01.2017, the information about the status of the documents of seafarers should be available in English via electronic means of communication to other Parties and companies to authenticate the validity of these documents and the purpose of their recognition under the requirements of Rule I / 10 of the Convention.
New definitions of some posts Officers and crew of the ship, namely : Electrician (electro-technical officer), a skilled sailor (able seafarer deck), a qualified mechanic (able seafarer engine), electrical (electro-technical rating).
6. Specified requirements to the procedure of medical examinations, the form and content of the medical certificate. Prescribed that each Contracting Party shall develop provisions for recognition of medical institutions or persons medical personnel entitled to conduct medical examinations of seafarers. Existing registry of recognized medical institutions or persons nurses should be established by the Party and made ​​available to other Parties, organizations and seafarers at their request. Provided that the validity of the medical certificate shall not exceed two years. In this case, if the validity of the medical certificate expires in flight, such evidence may be considered valid until the arrival in the port where the seafarer can undergo a medical examination, but this period may not exceed three months. Minimum service standards of refined and made ​​compulsory. Refined recommended minimum standards for assessing physical abilities sailors when taking them to work and beyond. Provided that all activities approved medical institutions to conduct medical examinations of seafarers and issue medical certificates must be continually monitored through a system of quality standards in accordance with Regulation I / 8 ” Quality Standards ” (as today is controlled by activities related to education, training and certification seafarers).

On Parties responsible for the adoption and implementation of appropriate measures to prevent fraud and other illegal practices related to the issuance of competency and professionalism (new rules I / 5 of the Convention).
Clarified the requirements for information sent to Parties IMO Secretary-General on the implementation of all requirements of the Convention and the STCW Code. Specified duties of the competent persons IMO evaluation of such information.
New paragraphs Regulation 1/ 14 of the Convention and part of Section A-I/14 Code shipping companies are responsible for :
– Ensuring the passage of seafarers, which are sent to the court of the company, refresher courses and retraining (refresh and updating training), required by the Convention ;

– The passage of appropriate training captains, commanders and persons other crew members who are imputed specific duties and responsibilities at work on passenger ships ;

– Ensuring effective communication in the working language of crew members at all times during their stay at the company’s ships.

Clarified the definition of ” approved navigational experience. Clarified that with the approval of navigation time required by the Convention, the parties should ensure that the relevant practice or work on the ship were associated with the qualification that develops sailor, bearing in mind that in addition to the primary reference work on ships, the purpose of such practices or work should be to provide opportunities sailor receive instruction and practical experience in performing, under appropriate supervision, those tasks, responsibilities and work that provides position on the ship, which is claimed to be a sailor, and is listed in the diploma or certificate of professional competence.
(Section A -I / 1 to claim 5 of the Code).
Clarified that with the approval of training centers (courses and training programs), the Parties shall take into account compliance with the relevant IMO model courses. (Section A -I / 1 to claim 6 of the Code).
Defined compulsory training, which must have the captain and command staff person (navigators, mechanics and electricians) to obtain the appropriate certificates of competency for work on a ship.
The new rules of the Convention (Regulation II / 5, III / 5, III / 7) introduced requirements for standards of competence for an able seaman, qualified motor mechanic and electrician. Established that each Party to the Convention up to 01.01.2012 is to compare the current standards of competence of these individuals with those provided by sections of part A of the STCW Code new version (A-II / 5, A-III / 5, A-III / 7) and to determine the need for training these individuals.
Clarified Rule III / 1 on the overall length of training workshops and vessels required for graduation watchkeeping engineer. Provided that not less than 6 months time, a vessel shall be on ships, to the duties of the ship’s mechanic, which should be documented in an approved training record book, otherwise – navigational experience should become not less than 30 months.

New Rule III / 5 introduced competency standards for electricians at the operational level and the order of their certification. Provided that the total time of training in workshops and on the ship to get a diploma electrician must be at least 12 months, of which at least 6 months – while sailing ships with performance of duties of electrical engineering, which should be documented in an approved training record book ; otherwise – navigational experience should become not less than 30 months.

In the standards of competence of commanders at levels of management and operation introduced new competencies, knowledge and skills, providing different types of training, due to the introduction of modern ships of new technologies and sophisticated modern equipment.

So, for skippers have mandatory minimum standards of competence in the use of electron cartographic information systems (ECDIS), resource management navigation bridge on the ability to provide leadership sudnovym staff for more efficient use of vessel traffic control systems (VTS); define minimum standards of competence required by nautical Astronomy, light signaling environment.

For marine engineers are additionally provided competency standards for resource management of the engine room, and the ability to provide leadership staff on setting bilge water separator, ship management systems : fuel, lubricants, and other ballast water, environmental protection.

In the standards of competence of commanders at levels of management and operation introduced new competencies, knowledge and skills, providing different types of training, due to the introduction of modern ships of new technologies and sophisticated modern equipment.

Given the level of modern requirements regarding training and certification of personnel working on all types of tankers, and introduced new requirements for the certification of personnel of tankers.
Instead, awareness training and specialized training for the staff of tanker vessels, the new amendments provided :

– Basic training for anyone who may be entrusted with specific duties on oil tankers ;

– Training on the enhanced program for masters, chief mates captains, chief engineers, second engineers and other persons who are directly responsible for cargo operations and cargo.

In this case an applicant for a certificate under the expanded training in cargo operations on tankers shall have not less than three months of work experience in the relevant type of tanker (or 1 month time sailing on the appropriate type of tanker, provided work on this tanker in supernumerary positions and participation in at least three operations of loading and unloading operations for the three respective type of cargo that needs to be validated records in an approved registration book).

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