Cyprus Flag Administration – Changes to Seafarers’ Identification and Sea Service Record Book

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping has announced a number of changes to the format of the Seafarers’ Identification and Sea Service Record Book (SISSRB), which is issued to seafarers serving on board Cyprus-flagged ships. The most important of these is the removal of any reference to the seafarer’s certificate of maritime competency to avoid…

Maritime Employers Should get Ready for STCW 2010

The transitional period for the STCW 2010 ends on 1st January, 2017, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned. To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’, and potential difficulties during Port State Control inspections next year, it is important that maritime employers liaise closely with maritime administrations, the organisation stressed. With less than a year to…

New training requirements for seafarers in the Arctic finalised by the IMO

The IMO has now agreed on training requirements for seafarers navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters. The requirements are to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas and to ensure that the crew is prepared for the special conditions. More specifically, this means that masters and navigating officers must complete special training in order to navigate…

Paris MOU – Hours of Rest, preliminary results re Concentrated Inspection Campaign

The Paris MOU issued a news release announcing the preliminary results of its Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on hours of rest. Unsatisfactory compliance with hours of rest Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest, carried out between 1 September 2014 and 30 November 2014 in the Paris MoU region show that:…

Endorsements attesting the recognition of non-Cyprus certificates of competency

The Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) has announced changes to the application procedure and application forms for the issue, renewal and replacement of endorsements attesting the recognition of non-Cyprus certificates of competency under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended. The new simplified form of proof of application…

New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

Maritime occupational safety and health experts agree on guidelines to bolster the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Recognizing the special needs of seafarers, experts have agreed on guidelines to assist governments to implement occupational safety and health provisions previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Intended to provide supplementary practical information to…