Norwegian Sea HealthConference April 2012 Ron Strathdee Principal Surveyor
What have we done in the last 4 years?• Current legislation• Gap analysis• Policy decisions• Consultation with interested parties• Legislation decision - new or amend?• 12 new sets of regulations• Newsletters/seminar• Training inspectors• Trial inspections
What happens next?• Sent to UK for approval.• Tynwald approval to become IOM law.• Extended to us – needs UK to ratify first.• Ist November 2012 Start inspections and issuing certification.• All inspections by our own Isle of Man surveyors. Merchant Ships >500GRT 433 (including 65 bulk carriers) Commercial Yacht >24m 100
What happens next?• Sent to UK for approval.• Tynwald approval to become IOM law.• Extended to us – needs UK to ratify first.• Ist November 2012 Start inspections and issuing certification.• All inspections by our own Isle of Man surveyors. Merchant Ships >500GRT 433 (including 65 bulk carriers) Commercial Yacht >24m 100•
New style• Current maritime legislation is all prescriptive.• MLC legislation will be goal based using the convention requirements as the baseline.• Isle of Man will produce guidance notes which if followed will be accepted as meeting the IOM requirements.• Shipowners can develop their own method of showing compliance that may differ from our guidelines.• This style will avoid the regulations being outdated by new practices and technology.
Recognition of medical certificates• The Isle of Man Ship Registry does not regulate medical practitioners, or issue seafarer’s medical certificates.• There are MCA registered medical practitioners on the Isle of Man who are authorised to carry out medical examinations and issue medical certificates to seafarers on the Isle of Man.• The Ship Registry will accept medical certificates that have been issued in accordance with one of the following conventions: – Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC); – International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW); – ILO 73 Medical Examination (Seafarers) Convention, 1946;
Preventative occupational health• Close links with 4.1 and 4.3• 4.1 Health promotion and education – posters and leaflets.• 4.3 Occupational safety – prohibition for young persons/risk assessments/health surveillance/physical exposure to agents.• Reporting of occupational diseases and producing annual report.
MLC Definition of a Shipowner“shipowner means the owner of the ship or anotherorganization or person, such as the manager, agent orbareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility forthe operation of the ship from the owner and who, onassuming such responsibility, has agreed to take over theduties and responsibilities imposed on shipowners inaccordance with this Convention, regardless of whetherany other organization or persons fulfil certain ofthe duties or responsibilities on behalf of theshipowner”.
MLC Definition of a Seafarer From MLC, “A seafarer means any person, including the master, who is employed, engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship”. The 94th Maritime Session 2006 of the International Labour Conference, developed Resolution VII concerning occupational groups. The resolution gives flag states further guidance on who may be and who may not be seafarers.
The Isle of Man has used the resolution to further define a seafarer. The Isle of Man proposes that: seafarers are also; Persons who regularly spend more than short periods aboard for example, repair and maintenance squads and specialist ship staff engaged to work at sea on particular ships. For example, riding squads for chipping/painting deck and ballast tanks.
Seafarers are not: Those persons whose work is not part of the routine business of the ship and whose principal place of work is ashore, for example: marine professionals such as harbour pilots, inspectors, superintendents, scientists, researchers, divers and specialist offshore technicians. Those persons working on a seagoing ship on an occasional and short-term basis for example fitters, guest lecturers and entertainers on passenger ships, repair technicians, surveyors or port workers.