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INTERMANAGER CALLS FOR CALM OVER POSSIBLE FILIPINO OFFICER BAN
Ship managers should put in place sensible contingency plans to guard against a worst-case scenario should Filipino officers potentially find themselves banned from working on EU-flagged vessels. This follows concerns raised by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) over the ability of the Philippine Maritime Administration to fully and effectively implement all provisions of the STCW Convention.
This call by InterManager is intended to put perspective on anxieties about what the EU may ultimately decide with regard to the results of EMSA’s most recent audit of the Philippines in October 2013. Meantime, the Philippine Government and industry representatives are working hand-in-hand to rectify original EMSA findings and Philippine sources are confident this continuing effort and work in progress will achieve the desired results for all stakeholders.
To mitigate the immediate impact of any possible ban that may be promulgated by the EU, InterManager is calling on all ship managers to ensure their Filipino officers have extended the validity of their CoCs prior to any ban coming into force. The EU has indicated that, if ever a ban were to take effect, this would not be levied against valid and active CoCs. By extending the validity of their CoCs, the Filipino officers are able to gain a maximum five year period of grace. Should the EU ever implement a ban, a subsequent resolution may likely be found within the five year grace period. Georgia, which has recently been subjected to a similar ban, resolved its shortcomings within two years.
Owners and managers should also look to hold discussions with various Port State Control MOUs to extend this five year window to Filipino officers serving on non-EU flagged vessels which may call on EU ports.
Industry discussions are currently underway with a number of countries such as the UK, Norway, The Netherlands and Belgium, to allow their recognised schools to assess cadets for their CoC, so allowing those cadets to qualify onboard EU-flagged ships.
InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo said: “The message we are giving out as responsible ship managers is that our primary duty is to ensure that ships continue to sail safely and efficiently, which means we will put the right people onboard these ships and, in the case of Filipinos, we will work with the right crewing institutions and entities to ensure these officers are properly trained and certificated.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Elaborate Communications, Debra Munford (UK) Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356
Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General (Mob) Tel: +44 (0) 7624 498226
03-07 February – IMO – LONDON – Pollution and Prevention Response – Paddy McKnight attending
04 February – Videotel – London – Social Media Project – Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager
05th February – London – InterManager Executive Committee Meeting
06th February – London – Shipping KPI Association Board of Directors Meeting – Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager – delete ‘the’
06-07 February – Esbjerg – Martha Project – Paddy McKnight attending
11 February – Professor Neil Greenberg of the March on Stress organisation presentation at Intertanko / Intercargo – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending on behalf of InterManager
17-21 February – Human Element Training and Watchkeeping – Session No. 1 – Capt. Paddy McKnight, Prof. Mike Barnett and Prof. Claire Pekcan attaneting on behalf of InterManager
10-14 March – IMO – London – SSE (Ship Systems and Equipment) – Capt. Paddy McKnight attending
11-12 March – Bermuda – TKF BoD meeting – Kuba Szymanski attending
27-28 March – BWM Conference – IMAREST – Kuba Szymanski speaking on behalf of InterManager
02 April – Navigator Gas – Officers seminar – Poland – Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager
05- 12 April – Superintendency Course – IOM – Kuba Szymanski representing InterManager
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22 February – Oxford Golf Course – Pune – India – Founders of Maritime Awareness Programme Society (MAPS) – First Meeting
The main objective of this society is to create positive public awareness of our Industry which has contributed tremendously not only to the world Trade & Economy
If you would like to participate please get in touch with Kuba Szymanski – [email protected]
4-6 March 2013, 4th edition of Transport Week 2014, Gdansk, Poland Transport Week is one of the biggest platforms of communication created for key European transport market representatives (+350participants). It consists of several conferences, including: Clean Shipping Conference, Baltic Container Conference, Intermodal Conference and many more. Register only € 250/conference. More information on: www.transportweek.eu
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5-13 April 2014. Ship Superintendents’ Training ISLE OF MAN
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23-24th of April 2014 the 2nd International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing (ETC-2014) in Odessa, which contains Conference and Exhibition. This year there will be a special guest Mr. Koji Sekimizu the Secretary-General of IMO with a keynote speech.
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Lloyd’s Register has issued a new short film entitled Safe Boat Transfers to help provide marine surveyors with comprehensive instructions on how to safely transfer between two vessels at sea. Working over water and, in particular, boat transfers, during which surveyors switch from a transfer vessel to the boat they are surveying, is a very high-risk activity. The film, originally developed for Lloyd’s Register employees, aims to raise awareness about the associated risks and hazards, and to provide instruction for every stage of the transfer. It is hoped that Safe Boat Transfers will help to significantly reduce the accidents associated with boat transfers. The DVD can be ordered from the Lloyd’s Register webstore: http://www.webstore.lr.org.
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General InterManager +44 7624 498 266