The 4th session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW4) met at IMO Headquarters (30 January-3 February).  The meeting was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and chaired by Ms. Mayte Medina.

Revision and update of three model courses, namely Model Course 3.12 on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers, Model Course 6.09 on Training Course for Instructors, and Model Course 1.30 on On-board Assessment, under the collaboration of IMLA-IAMU, meeting the requirements of MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.15, successfully went through the working committee for validation. This is another evidence of IMLA’s positive and active engagement in maritime issues on the international arena. In particular, the Model Course 6.09, solely undertaken by experts from IMLA and Shanghai Maritime University with good comments from the Review Group, has been the result of the last two years’ commitment.

​In addition to validation of a number of IMO model course, items on the agenda include: ways to enhance seafarer training by utilizing lessons learned from marine casualty investigations; update and revision of the Guidelines on Fatigue; the ongoing comprehensive review of the fishing vessel personnel training convention (STCW-F); and implementation of the seafarer training convention (STCW) 2010 amendments.

The IMLA delegation, headed by Honorary Secretary Prof. Clive Cole, include Capt. Leon Govender from South Africa, Prof. Ruan Wei and Prof. Wang Xian from China, and Ms Melany Saramago and Ms Angelica Sogor from USA.

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