STCW: Workshop(s) on Implementation of 2010 Manila Amendments
Roughly coinciding with the unrelated announcement from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that it had cleared the Coast Guard’s draft Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) relating to Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the STCW Convention, the Coast Guard itself is ramping up to ensure compliance with the 2010 so-called “Manila Amendments” with its own Notice of Invitation for STCW Training Providers to Attend a Workshop on the Implementation of the 2010 Manila Amendments. Now, I’m not sure what OMB and the SNPRM have to do with one another, but I do know that the STCW Workshops will probably be “must-see” events for STCW course providers and, perhaps, those who will be impacted by the changes.
Aside from the fact that it is also a nice time of year to visit West Virginia (I recommend the I-81 or Blue Ridge Parkway approach), the implementation of the 2010 Manila amendments arguably represent the most sweeping changes to the STCW code since its inception. The Coast Guard outreach to STCW Training Providers is intended to help identify the Manila Amendments to STCW and any gaps in the provider’s current curriculums that will need to be filled in order to be in compliance with the 2010 Manila Amendments which go into effect on January 1, 2012. According to the notice, the Coast Guard will hold two identical consecutive workshops on a first-come first-serve basis. Additional workshops may be scheduled, if necessary, based on the number of interested attendees.
The first workshop is scheduled Tuesday, June 28, 2011 followed by a second workshop on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Both sessions – set to take place at the U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC), Martinsburg, WV – will run from 0830 to 1600 hours. The Coast Guard recommends that one 1 representative from each department (deck, engine and management) attend, with the caveat that a maximum session capacity of 75 attendees cannot be exceeded. And, the sessions promise good value.
According to the Coast Guard release, the morning session will be for the entire group for a general discussion on the Manila Amendments and curriculums, after which they will break into two groups, one Deck and one Engine, to discuss in more detail the Manila Amendments. Those discussions will focus on, as per NMC, “…what we are looking for in the training provider curriculums in order to meet the requirements of the new amendments.”
Those intending to attend the sessions should forward their names, affiliation, and contact information to CG5434@uscg.mil. This is to identify the number of interested attendees, schedule the attendees for a specific workshop date and enable security access into the building. The Coast Guard will contact all interested attendees to confirm their scheduled workshop date.
For the Coast Guard’s part, they anticipate that the meetings will be “a great opportunity to initiate discussions on the implementation of the Manila amendments” and they are hoping for a robust turnout. For my part, I can’t imagine why anyone involved with this important aspect of the maritime industry wouldn’t attend. January 1, 2012 is, after all, right around the corner.
For more information: contact Mr. Luke Harden at (202) 372-1206 or CG5434@uscg.mil.
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