Tag Archives: inspection

Filipino officers on EU ships: a question of arithmetic

You can perish the thought of the European Commission withdrawing recognition of Philippine ship officers’ certificates. No, it is not because the Filipino seaman factory is now in tip-top shape. The 28 European Union member states represented by the Commission have little or no desire to dump Filipino officers. The fact that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) made another […]

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Filipino ignorance about EMSA inspections

Many Filipinos engaged in manning and training still harbour in their heads some fallacies about the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the inspections it conducts on behalf of the European Commission, which represents the 28 European Union member states. In previous posts, I had written about two major misconceptions. These are so egregious that they bear repeating on the […]

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Far-out ways to vet Filipino maritime schools

I can’t blame inspectors from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for being rather bookish in their audit of Philippine maritime academies. By necessity, they have to go by the specific regulations of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW), 1978, in determining whether quality management systems are in place or training equipment […]

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Tanker safety: the Oceanfile solution

Any tanker owner who hates the thought of figuring in the next oil spill or fire accident should check out Oceanfile. It’s a Web-based suite of applications for planning and managing all aspects of tanker vetting and inspection. After exploring Oceanfile, which is available via a subscription service, we don’t hesitate to recommend it to those looking for a way […]

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EMSA is coming; are the Filipinos ready?

Latest word is that the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) inspection team may come in October to verify the Philippines’ compliance with STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers). Another visit is expected before then. Whatever the final dates agreed, this will be the last round of EMSA checks before the European Commission decides in […]

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New Paris MoU regime: are you ready?

According to the UK P&I Club, many shipowners and their masters remain unsure of what is required from them if they are to meet the requirements of the new Paris MoU inspection regime. Getting it right reduces to the minimum the number of times their ships are selected for inspection. Getting it wrong can lead to detentions and, ultimately, the […]

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