Flag/ ISM News

Bringing you the latest news from Flag and Port State Regs. We are now tracking the latest updates from the MLC, IMO, and the larger Flag states so you don’t have to

MLC amendments Dec16 – From 18th January 2017, ships under MLC must display certificates issued by an insurer confirming that financial security is in place for liabilities in respect of crew repatriation and for compensation for death and disability.

2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Dec16 – Everyone should be aware of the requirements for STCW “Refresher” training came into effect as of the 1st January. Although the IMO has called for Port State Control authorities to “take a pragmatic and practical approach during inspections…” up to 1st July 2017, the MCA and the Cayman Islands do not intend to make any regulations to formally extend the transition period which expired on 31st December 2016. So it will be up to the PSC Inspector to decide whether or not to take action if a seafarer does not hold the required certificates. For those vessels having crew who are affected by this.
• Have a copy of the IMO circular on hand during a Port State Control inspection.
• Have on hand evidence that the required courses have been booked.
• Notify your DPA and your insurers that some crew do not have the required certificates.

The IMO circular can be downloaded here MSC1Circ1560
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Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks Nov16
From 20 February 2017, all Cayman Islands ships of 300 GT and above, as well as non-Cayman Islands ships visiting the Cayman Islands, must have wreck removal insurance in place. These ships must also hold a certificate issued by MACI attesting that the ship has wreck removal insurance. Further guidance is expected to follow.

Marshall Islands MSAdvisory_34-16 Use of new satellite mobile communications services – Any MI flagged vessels that intend to use any new satellite service must have their ship radio station licenses amended to authorize the use of the frequency ranges offered by that service. This includes VSAT (Ku, KA, C), Iridium, Thrurya, INMARSAT and additionally any satellite service that may become available in the near and far future under the GMDSS modernization plan.

Port State Control – Guidance and Concentrated Inspection Regions

ABS Has produced guidance notes to help reduced port state control detentions.

ABS Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detentions
These notes provides Shipowners and ship crews with the latest updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State control regimes in a mobile-friendly and interactive format.
The guide is intended to be used with normal pre-port arrival and departure checks required by international regulations, as well as in conjunction with onboard routine maintenance programs. The items in this guide have been identified as top PSC detention items on data gathered by ABS-classed vessels.

Three Port State Control regions will run a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC). These will run for a period of three months, commencing from 1 September 2016 and ending 30 November 2016.

The regions holding these inspections
Mediterranean – Paris MoU – Will be focusing on the Maritime Labour Convention, (MLC,2006), The ship’s procedures and measures that are in place with respect to MLC,2006 will be checked in detail for compliance with the requirements during a regular Port State Control inspection.

Caribbean – Caribbean MoU – Will be focusing on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry, ensure that there is compliance with the requirements of the SOLAS, STCW, MLC and ILO Conventions as applicable.

Riyadh – Riyadh MOU – will be focusing on pilot transfer arrangements. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that ships comply with the requirements for pilot transfer arrangements detailed in the Annex to IMO Resolution A.1045(27); for example, the condition of the ladder and ropes and the familiarity of the ship’s master and crew with pilot transfer arrangements.

The Paris MOU Report
The Paris MOU have recently published their annual report on the outcome of Port State Control inspections. Detention rates have remained stable but of concern is that the report has highlighted the top categories of deficiencies and the top deficiences as fire safety and safety of navigation. Both of these are areas this company provides a solution for in respect to on board fire training as well as professional navigation management with the provision of navigation related stores.
View Report.

Are your radios up to scratch

This spring there was an incident in Barcelona where a yacht’s radio interfered with a local rail network and resulting in a police investigation.

This example is just one instance of a far larger problem; companies are fitting radio systems on board superyachts that are in direct breach of international law, these breaches are considered criminal offenses and may carry a maximum sentence of eight years in jail, although to date, there have been no convictions within the superyacht world”. Superyacht News See full article

The upshot: Always have your maintenance and commissioning work done by a specialist marine radio company, using specific equipment and training.

Net Logic in the UK can remotely check that your equipment complies and works efficiently. For more details contact Jack Robinson

STCW Refresher training: Advanced Sea Survival (non-STCW)

For those applying for Yacht Certificates of Competency or revalidation:
Ref: MIN_520

For yacht Certificates of Competency only, Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival may be accepted in lieu of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats. However, your Certificate of Competency will be endorsed with the following limitation: ‘Not for use on ships equipped with davit launched lifeboats’.
Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival must be updated every 5 years in line with Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats.
However it is recommended by the MCA that all seafarers hold an STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Certificate. This is due to potential problems of Port State Control Officers outside of the UK not accepting non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival.
STCW refresher training: update for those with older CoCs
MIN 520 clarifies the requirements for updating courses. Anyone holding a valid UK issued CoC can take refresher STCW training in the current format and will NOT have to complete the full STCW safety courses again, even if the CoC dates back to the time before STCW safety courses became mandatory.

5 Steps to Building an Effective Training Program

In the corporate world, studies show that employers tend to place greater emphasis on training new and entry-level employees. The same is true for training crew in the yachting world. No one would argue, however, that training less-experienced crew is not important. In fact, research reveals that training programs at all levels have a significant impact on employees’ morale, productivity and long-term performance.

The Impact of Training

Beyond the obvious safety and legal flag state requirements, I would like to highlight two other important considerations.
Redundancy –Ensuring that more than one crew member can cover a role in the safe manning document means you have backup in the event of accident or illness.
Improvements in morale –Proper training will have a beneficial effect on the morale of your crew. A well- trained crew will take pride in their abilities and thus gain job satisfaction. Training also provides an excellent opportunity for existing crew to add another string to their bow—not only expanding their personal horizons but also increasing the longevity of the crew as a whole.

1. Assess Your Needs

Before you develop a training program, determine whether or not your crew’s skills and interests align with your requirements.
● Your yacht’s overall goals, strengths and weaknesses. These include cruising plans, employee manuals, orientation guides and HR policies.
● Your crew’s roles and responsibilities. Look at crew members’ job descriptions as a basis for the type of training required.
● Your crew’s performance and behaviour on the job. Performance reviews can highlight skill gaps and the need for refresher training.
● Your safe manning and other flag state requirements.

2. List Your Goals

List the things crew members should be able to do after completing the training. For some training programs this will be clear cut—passing a powerboat Lv 2 for example. However, for others you may need additional information. When putting a steward on a humidor cigar course, you may want to ask the owner if there is any particular brand of cigar he is interested in.
● List your goals and make sure trainees understand that this is what they should be aiming for.

3. Training Agreements

A training agreement ensures that the expectations of both parties are clearly defined. Here are some of the many good reasons for generating a training agreement.
● Clear understanding of how and when the training is being paid. Is the boat paying 100% up front or will the crew member be reimbursed after an additional 6 months of service?
● Is travel, accommodation or subsistence paid by the yacht?
● Is the time spent training regarded as holiday or paid.
● Failure: In addition to outlining the training goals, it’s important to state what will happen if they are not met.
● Audit trail. Finally, a training agreement generates a paper trail to track annual training budgets.

4. Evaluate and Disseminate

It’s easy to train your crew, pat yourself on the back and think you’re done. But if you do, you’ll be missing two large pieces of the puzzle.

If your goal is to deliver effective training that changes your crew members’ skills or behaviour on the job—and this SHOULD be your goal—then you need to confirm that the training has been effective. PLUS you’ll also have the chance to spread that knowledge to other members of the team.
● Evaluate. So your junior deckhand got his PB Lv2, but is he competent enough to drive the owner through a rough sea to the Cannes film festival? You need to evaluate the skills learnt to ensure your goals are met.
● Disseminate. Use this recent influx of knowledge in team building and cross-training exercises. For example, you might ask a junior crew member recently certificated in advanced fire fighting to plan and lead the next fire drill.

5. Rewarding High Achievers

When tracking your employees’ progress and input, remember to recognize and reward them for their continued hard work.

Giving credit where credit’s due helps to create an environment that encourages future achievements and motivates crew members to strive for continued professional development, an important factor in the success and effectiveness of employee training.