The wide-ranging review of the STCW code is continuing and in STW 39 (Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping) in March a number of different questions were discussed.
The definitions of ”motorman” and ”matros” are in progress and the fact that crew position names are included in the STCW code is new. New titles for the these two will be AB seafarer engine and AB seafarer deck. The reason for this to remove the word ”motorman” and replace it with a more gender neutral title. The title ”seaman” has been replaced by ”seafarer”.
Different competence requirements for crew positions were also introduced. During the meeting a discussion was held about the proposal concerning the need for a new position called ETO (Electro Technician Officer), and these must have specialist knowledge for repairing technical instruments in particular when faults occur.
A proposal from Canada regarding the use of simulators was approved. The proposal means that it will be possible to train the launching of lifeboats in heavy weather with the help of simulators.
Integrated system will be introduced
A number of countries and organisations have proposed that obligatory minimum requirements for Integrated Bridge systems (IBS) and Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) must be included in the convention, and it was agreed to discuss the issue further at the next meeting.
Discussions about safe manning also continued. Among other things, the question of the demand for at least three mariners on all ships was taken up.
A proposal from Norway regarding celestial navigation (navigation with traditional instruments of the sextant type) being removed from the A code was considered to be too early to execute and was postponed until the next meeting.
Changes in the STCW code can be initiated in the STW Sub Committee, and will be finally decided in MSC (Maritime Safety Committee). The work is expected to be completed by 2010.