Training, Manpower and Human Element

Training and Manpower

IMO made a report with reference of "HTW 3/4" on 30 November 2015, providing a summary of reports on fraudulent certificates received from Belize, Honduras, Singapore, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the years 2014 and 2015.

Refer to the enclosed pdf file for details of the report.

7 Dec 2016:-

STCW Convention: International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. Click here for details from the IMO webpage.

MLC: Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Click here for details from the ILO webpage.

1. Compliance with the 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Convention by 1 Jan 2017 – related to PSC inspection and ISM audit

IMO recognized that: some seafarers on board ships may not yet hold their certificates or flag State endorsements, meeting the 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Convention.

In order to assist shipping companies and their fleet in dealing with PSC inspection and ISM audit, IMO just issued a circular “MSC.1/Circ.1560” dated 5 Dec 2016 enclosed herewith, to urge port State control authorities to take the above factors into consideration when taking action under the control.

It is IMO’s position that:

• in cases where a seafarer's documentation complied with the requirements in force immediately before 1 January 2017, but was not in accordance with the requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention, all port State control authorities, until 1 July 2017, have been recommended by this circular to take a pragmatic and practical approach during inspections and to notify the ships, seafarers and Administrations concerned accordingly.
• For Class and other ROs of the flag Administrations, the Administrations should inform them when issuing ISM Code certification under SOLAS 74 that, until 1 July 2017, if a seafarer's documentation was not in accordance with the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention, those ROs should understand that it would be sufficient to inform the Administration when assessing compliance with the provisions of the ISM Code.

2. Compliance with the amendments to MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) by 18 Jan 2017

Members may recall that my “IC1636 - A few crew related issues” on 13 Jul 2016 and its follow-up emails advised members that by 18 Jan 2017, evidence of compliance is required to be carried onboard.

For some details of flag State requirements, please refer to the enclosed circulars from Singapore and Panama on this matter.
We have not got any feedback from ships with P&I insurance from non IG member P&I Clubs ( and if your ships are all under cover by one of IG member P&I Clubs, it should be convenient to get the evidence of compliance. Please refer to the enclosed “IG circular on amendment to MLC2006 MemberCircular_11_2016.pdf” for guidance.

Action requested from INTERCARGO members: feedback, difficulties and comments are invited for us to seek assistance to resolve your difficulties from relevant authorities.

Issue Summary

INTERCARGO is concerned about the numbers of seafarers that may be available to meet the future needs of an expanding bulk carrier fleet and where these professionals might be sourced from. In addition the adequacy of the existing training regime for the modern safety conscious bulk carrier sector is being considered.


INTERCARGO believes that it will be necessary to give far more attention to the quantum and quality of seafarers’ training if the future Bulk Carrier fleet is to be efficiently manned and accidents reduced.

INTERCARGO has commenced the formation of a Training and Manpower Correspondence Group to consider policy with regard to:

  • issues connected with the supply and demand of seafarers for the expanding Bulk Carrier fleet,
  • competency issues vis-à-vis the established STCW Training Regime and
  • issues connected with the human element and how this interacts with Casualties and other Negative Performance Indicators noted in INTERCARGO’s Benchmarking Report.

Intercargo proudly supports the Day of the Seafarer campaign organised by the IMO.

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12 July 2016:-

Some crew related issues are highlighted below with actions suggested for Member's reference. Comments are invited and if you have any other crew issues requiring follow-up from my office, please let us know and we would be pleased to do so.

First of all, congratulations to Captain Radhika Menon - an Indian tanker captain, who is to receive 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea as decided at the IMO Council meeting earlier in Jul 2016 ( The Awards ceremony is expected to take place at IMO Headquarters, on 21 November, at the end of the first day of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

1. New P&I cover to comply with the amended MLC2006 before 18 Jan 2017

The amendments to MLC 2006 will enter into force on 18 Jan 2017. Ships are required to have certificates on board issued by an insurer (P&I Clubs) confirming that insurance is in place for the cost and expense of crew repatriation, and up to four months contractually entitled arrears of wages and entitlements following abandonment (MLC Regulation 2.5.2, as amended). A further certificate will be required for liabilities for contractual claims arising from seafarer personal injury, disability or death (MLC Standard A4.2, as amended). In order to assist owners in complying with these additional financial security requirements, all 13 International Group (IG) P&I Clubs currently propose to provide the necessary MLC certification by way of an extension clause to the P&I rules, and indemnify the seafarers directly, should the requisite MLC event occur, but with a right of indemnity from Members and on the basis that these new MLC liabilities will not fall within the IG’s existing pooling arrangements.