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Sufficient training must be provided for personnel responsible for the safe on board operation, inspection and maintenance of such systems. Sufficient attention must be given to training the users of this equipment. Training involves
  • identification
  • analysis, and
  • mitigation of hazards,
    before they can affect the safe operation of the vessel.

    The International Safety Management (ISM) Code, section 7, requires the Company to identify key shipboard operations that have an impact on safety and pollution prevention. Procedures covering these operations must be documented and effectively implemented. These procedures include defining and assigning tasks to qualified personnel.

    In accordance with procedures, the training and familiarisation requirements of joining personnel, as regards their responsibilities must be identified and fulfilled as required under the ISM Code and the Code and Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 95). Operation and inspection of equipment by inexperienced and/or personnel having recently joined the vessel should be supervised by personnel currently responsible for these tasks, until such time that the crew member is sufficiently familiar with the operation and/or inspection of the system.

    The Master should ensure that personnel involved in the operation, inspection, repair or maintenance of such systems have a good understanding of any limitations of such systems and are aware of the “distraction” factor, with a special emphasis on the false sense of security that such advanced technological equipment may give.