MANILA AMENDMENTS STCW PDFJune 22, 2020
STCW (Manila Amendments). What is changing? For more information see our guide to the new training requirements under STCW The STCW. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, (STCW Convention), aims to promote safety of life. This guide relates to the STCW Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch.
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Developed in conjunction with Ext-Joom. The IMO has advised that amongst the amendments adopted, the important changes include: Until 1 Januarya Party may continue to renew and revalidate certificates and endorsements in accordance with the provisions of the Convention which applied immediately prior to 1 January These have been harmonised with the requirements of the International Labour Organisation Maritime Labour Convention, which is expected to enter into force during the first half of All persons who are assigned duty as officer in charge of a watch or as a rating forming part of a watch shall be provided with a minimum of 10 hours of rest in any 24 hour period.
STCW – Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code
The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length.
The requirements for rest periods laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2 need not be maintained in the case of an emergency drill or in other overriding operational conditions. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, the minimum period of ten hours may be reduced to not less than 6 consecutive hours provided that any such reduction shall not extend beyond two days and not less than 70 hours of rest are provided each seven day period.
From 1 January seafarers will have to comply with the following regulatory requirements: Administrations shall take account of the danger posed by fatigue of seafarers, especially those whose duties involve the safe and secure operation of a ship.
All persons who are assigned duty as officer in charge of a watch or as a rating forming part of a watch and those whose duties involve designated safety, prevention of pollution and security duties shall be provided with a rest period of not less than: The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length, and the intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
The requirements for rest periods laid down in paragraphs 2 and 3 need not be maintained in the case of an emergency,or in other overriding operational conditions. Musters, fire-fighting and lifeboat drills, and drills prescribed by national laws and regulations and by international instruments, shall be conducted in a manner that minimizes the disturbance of rest periods and does not induce fatigue.
Administrations shall require that watch schedules be posted where they are easily accessible. The schedules shall be established in a standardized format in the working language or languages of the ship and in English.
When a seafarer is on call, such as when a machinery space is unattended, the seafarer shall have an adequate compensatory rest period if the normal period of rest is disturbed by call-outs to work. Administrations shall require that records of daily hours of rest of seafarers be maintained in a standardized format, in the working language or languages of the ship and in English, to allow monitoring and verification of compliance with the provisions of this section.
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The seafarers shall receive a copy of the records pertaining to them, which shall be endorsed by the master or by a person authorized by the master and by the seafarers. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to impair the right of the master of a ship to require a seafarer to perform any hours of work necessary for the immediate safety of the ship, persons on board or cargo, or for the purpose of giving assistance amendmsnts other ships or persons in distress at sea.
Accordingly, the master may suspend the schedule of hours of rest and require a seafarer to perform any hours of work necessary until the normal situation has been restored. As soon as practicable after the normal situation has been restored, the master shall ensure that any seafarers who have performed work in a scheduled rest period are provided with an adequate period of rest.
Parties may allow exceptions from the required hours of rest in paragraphs 2. Exceptions from the weekly rest period provided for in paragraph 2. The interval between two periods of exception on board shall not be less than twice the duration of the exception.
The hours of rest provided for in paragraph 2. The intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
Exceptions shall not extend beyond two 24 hour periods in any 7 day period. Breaches of the STCW Code fitness for duty provisions may lead to deficiencies being raised against a vessel by a Port. State Control Officer, and depending on the severity of the offence, may lead to the detention of a vessel.
Significant violations of the fitness for duty regulations may result in prosecution in some states. Refresher Training for Statutory Short Courses Another significant development in the revised Convention and Code concerns the requirement to undergo refresher training in a number of key areas.
Previously ameendments STCW requirements in respect of refresher training for a number of statutory short courses were interpreted in a number of ways by various Administrations. Any loopholes in the regulations have now been removed and courses concerning the safety and survival of crew and passengers will require refresher training every five years.
The following statutory courses will, under the new STCW Convention and Code require refresher training at least every five years: It is a possibility that such refresher training may be in an abbreviated form of the training scope covered by the initial course; this may be met by web based learning, shipboard training or drills, or the more traditional shore based training. The exact requirements will be determined by individual Administrations. If Members require any further guidance they should contact the Loss Prevention department.