Tag Archives: STCW

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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Skewed path to Filipino STCW reform

Forget the babbling critics in Manila. Republic Act No. 10635, which gives the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) sole authority over matters concerning the STCW Convention, is a desirable and necessary piece of legislation. Where in the world can you find several state agencies handling seafarers’ affairs? Unfortunately, the 47-page Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the new law approved last […]

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The irony in World Maritime Day 2014

With more than 50 international protocols now governing the shipping industry, the theme for World Maritime Day 2014 couldn’t have been more appropriate: “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation”. It also couldn’t have been more ironic. Seafarers are still denied free online access to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and other IMO treaties that […]

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Why & wherefore National Maritime Week?

We care about the maritime industry. We like all things nautical. And our hearts are with the seafarers, maritime women and all those who toil at sea. But try hard as we may, we can’t get ourselves to join the celebration in Manila of National Maritime Week (21st-28th September 2014). How can we celebrate when… Total Share: 0000000

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Manila still far from STCW compliance

Have they finally fixed up the Filipino seafarer factory? Sure, progress has been made. Not least significant was the approval last March of Republic Act 10635, which bestows on the Maritime Industry Authority the sole authority to enforce the STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers). At the very least, the new law should help […]

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Cold comfort from Manila’s STCW reform

In normal times, we would have praised the new Philippine law (Republic Act No. 10635) which gives the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) sole authority over seafarer training and certification. Mariners in other countries fall under the aegis of a single agency. The UK has its MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency); the USA, its US Coast Guard; and India, its Directorate […]

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EMSA audits and the sovereignty issue

We wanted to drop for a while the subject of EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) audits. It’s not good to dwell too long on anything, unless it’s Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. But there’s a lingering misconception that really has to be dispelled – namely, that EMSA inspections violate national sovereignty. Why should foreigners inspect a country’s training facilities? It […]

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STCW reforms in the seafarer factory

Maritime Administrator Conti We still have a phobia about maritime conferences, but we’re glad we went to the John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) convention on maritime safety and the STCW 2010 Manila amendments held in Iloilo City south of Manila from 22nd to 23rd January. The Philippines’ maritime administrator, Nicasio (‘Nick’) Conti, spelled out before the local and […]

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Filipino STCW deficiencies in a nutshell

It’s best to get it straight from the horse’s mouth. So we’ve added to our Downloads section a copy of the European Commission communique to EU member states dated 26th November 2012.  The document, which prompted our commentary of 7th December, sums up the remaining deficiencies in the Philippines’ maritime education and training (MET) system and STCW administration. It should […]

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