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UN agency unveils training rules for polar seafaring, fatigue regulations

By EDITOR
24 February 2015   |   11:00 pm
THE United Nation’s (UN) International Maritime Organisation  (IMO) has agreed on requirements for the training and certification of seafarers operating in polar waters at the level of IMO sub-committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping. The agreement outlines training and certification requirements for those serving on ships in polar waters, and now goes to the…

THE United Nation’s (UN) International Maritime Organisation  (IMO) has agreed on requirements for the training and certification of seafarers operating in polar waters at the level of IMO sub-committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping.

The agreement outlines training and certification requirements for those serving on ships in polar waters, and now goes to the Maritime Safety Committee for approval and adoption, reports London’s Tanker Operator. 

The Polar Code was adopted in November 2014. The code plus the related SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Marine Pollution) amendments are expected to enter into force in 2017.

A review of IMO guidelines on fatigue was also initiated, with the committee agreeing to take a risk-based approach looking at the impact of fatigue at all stakeholders with outcomes providing fatigue management tools.

IMO adopted Assembly resolution on fatigue in 1993. This was followed with the development of comprehensive guidance on fatigue mitigation and management in nine modules issued in 2001. Last year it was agreed that an update was needed. 

Draft guidelines for Port State Control officers on the ISM Code was endorsed, for submission to the sub-committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) for review and then to MSC 96 and the MEPC for approval.

Already, IMO  has issued the updated and revised Rescue at Sea guide intended for the rescue of refugees and migrants.