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STCW Maritime Safety for Merchant and Passenger Ships - IMO STCW Courses 14/04/19, 07:42

STCW Maritime Safety for Merchant


and Passenger Ships - IMO STCW
Courses
Maritime Safety Courses & Marine Accident nvestigation
Courses for Seafarers on Ro-Ro, Passenger and Merchant Ships

For a large industry where 90% of


world’s goods are transported,
maritime industry plays a crucial
role in world commerce and
therefore, maritime safety is a
major factor. There are several
regulations and guidance in place by
IMO and national administrations
for safety factor in the industry.
Apart from Basic Safety Training,
there are a number of courses and
programs in place under STCW Convention for seagoing and designated
ashore personnel. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) deals with
all matters related to maritime safety and maritime security which fall
within the scope of IMO, covering both passenger ships and different types
of cargo ships.

One of the main factors concerning shipboard safety is the human element
or human factor. Training plays a crucial role to have greater focus to the
human element and the International Convention on Standards of
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), requires
that seafarers be provided with training which are intended to ensure that
seafarers are aware of the hazards of working on a vessel and can respond
appropriately in an emergency.

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STCW Maritime Safety Courses

Personal Survival Techniques (PST) (1 day course): This


course should be taken by every prospective seafarer. It covers
training in personal survival techniques and is based on the provisions
of table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code. The aim of the course is to
provide seafarers with the basic essential knowledge, understanding
and proficiency to protect and maintain their own and others safety at
sea in accordance with international regulations.
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSST) (5 day
course): This course provides mandatory minimum training in
personal safety and social responsibility and is based on the provisions
of table A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code. The course will provide an
insight into the various elements of a ship and Operating Procedures
onboard so that adjustment can be made to the shipboard
environment, and are better prepared to cope with any unforeseen
circumstances.
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other Than
Fast Rescue Boats) (PSCRB) (5 day course): This course covers
training in the mandatory minimum requirements for the issue of
certificates of proficiency in survival craft as specified in table A-VI/2-
1 of the STCW Code. This course prepares crew for the launching and

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handling of survival craft through a series of practical exercises using


a range of open and enclosed lifeboats and inflatable rescue boats to
build confidence, competence and knowledge of safety procedures.
Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (FRB) (2-3 day course): This
course provides training in fast rescue boats and is based on the
provisions of table A-VI/2-2 of the STCW Code. This course provides
seafarers with the skills and knowledge to perform their role as a
coxswain of a Fast Rescue Boat in case of emergency situations at sea.
Under the new STCW 2010 requirements: See below
Validity (All Certificates): 5 years
Refresher (All Certificates): Every 5 years

Safety Courses for Passenger & Ro-Ro Ships

Crowd Management, Passenger Safety and Safety Training


for Personnel Providing Direct Services to Passengers in
Passenger Spaces: This course covers the mandatory minimum
training requirements for personnel on passenger and Ro-Ro ships
and is based on the provisions of section A-V/2 of the STCW Code.
Proficiency in Crisis Management and Human Behavior
Training Including Passenger Safety, Cargo Safety and Hull
Integrity Training: This course covers the mandatory training
requirements for masters, chief mates, chief engineer officers, second
engineer officers and every person assigned immediate responsibility
for embarking and disembarking passengers, loading, discharging or
securing cargo or closing hull openings on board passenger and Ro-Ro
ships. It is based on the provisions of section A-V/2 and regulation
V/2 of the STCW Code.

Safety Investigation Courses

Safety Investigation into Marine Casualties and Marine


Incidents: The course is essentially balanced between theory (lecture
material) and practical group exercises and case studies. It consists of
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a series of exercises structured around the requirements of the


international legislation, IMO conventions and instruments, and the
required common and homogeneous approach, application of
consistent methodology and no blame culture to adopt in the conduct
of marine safety investigations into marine casualties and marine
incidents; as well as to provide reports to the Organization. The group
exercises and case studies are controlled by an instructor and, initially,
allow the trainees to become familiar with applicable international
legislation and IMO instruments on this matter as well as guidelines
and procedures to be used.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER STCW 2010

For Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR) following


subjects will be added: Communications, Control of Fatigue, and
Teamwork Refresher
Training may take the form of e-learning, shipboard drills and
training or shore based training
Following courses require refresher training every five years: Personal
Survival Techniques (PST), Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
(PSST), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other Than
Fast Rescue Boats), and Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

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