This third edition has been fully updated to take account of the
substantial amendments to the STCW Convention, governing seafarers'
training, which were adopted by the IMO in June 2010. As well as
technical developments, these changes to STCW include new training
requirements for leadership and teamwork, enhanced refresher training
for qualified seafarers, new competence standards for tanker personnel
and for the new grade of Able Seafarer (Deck and Engine), and new
requirements for maintaining records of ratings' training. The 2010
amendments also introduce major changes to IMO regulations concerning
seafarers' minimum rest hours which will apply from 2012.
The revised ISF Guidelines should be read by anyone connected with the employment and training of merchant seafarers. They include detailed advice on company obligations and compliance with the amended Convention as well as information about the changes to STCW and when they come into effect.