From maritime mentoring to training standards legislation, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:
Standards of training: During the IMO’s most recent meeting of the Sub-Committee on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) new working groups were set up to consider the standards of training in the maritime industry. Specific focus was put on the development of an e-navigation plan. The session, held at the IMO Headquarters, also aimed to highlight the contribution the shipping industry is making to ensure sustainable development of the global economy. More information on the committee session can be read on Safety 4 Sea here.
Oceans of responsibility – Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, recently spoke to Seatrade Asia Week (page 9/10) about his vision for ensuring the sustainability of the world’s oceans. During a recent panel event for shipping leaders which discussed the importance of corporate social responsibility, Sasakawa proposed the setting up of a CSR association for the shipping industry to ensure the standards developed are suitable for companies of all sizes.
Maritime schools must meet international standards – The Filipino president has undertaken measures to designate a single maritime administration for seafarers. This announcement reiterates the country’s dedication to improving safety standards for both shipping lines and seafarers. The agency will be responsible for the implementation of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers. The IMO views training and education of seafarers as indispensable elements of crew competence, Safety 4 Sea reports.
Mentoring in the maritime industry – Could you be a mentor in the maritime industry? Maritime Professional reports on the importance of mentor systems, quoting research that informal learning can account for as much as 70% of the learning done by workers in any industry. An online community of mentors and mentees could give people information and resources to help further their careers.
Have you read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share?