Update on maritime training and audits
Wednesday, 04 November 2009
The management and conduct of audits on behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) members, continue to adhere to the requirements of regional and international auditing standards. Fifteen maritime compliance audits in safety and security areas were successfully completed by SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) and the Pacific Islands Maritime Association (PacMA) auditors from January to August 2009. Five more audits have been planned for the remaining months of the year.

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and SPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) uniting in the spirit of close cooperation and working together to ensure PICTs remain compliant with maritime security standards. Consistent with the MOU, SPC RMP will be inviting observers from the USCG’s International Port Security (IPS) Program to attend the security audits conducted by RMP and PacMA for maritime administrations and ports in member countries.

The PacMA Audit Subcommittee met in Suva, Fiji from 30 August to 4 September to review their Terms of Reference (TOR) as well as the SPC Auditing Standards. The subcommittee will also look at the revised auditors log, the division of audit areas, the audit schedule 2009 to 2012, the draft guidelines for trainee auditors, maritime auditors and maritime lead auditors in training.

The 2009  training  programme  progresses  in accordance with the agreed schedule from RMP’s planning meeting with the regional maritime association executives (December 2008) and funding available from donor partners. Training needs of maritime administrations, maritime institutions, ports and shipping agencies that are not scheduled or sought via special request are catered for during RMP’s technical assistance visits to member countries.

We also disseminated, to all maritime training institutions in SPC member countries, the SPC security modules for training purposes and appreciate the feedback  given. Training providers need to customise these modules to suit their respective countries’ obligation under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements.

Maritime institutions in Tonga and Vanuatu have identified some anomalies in the engineering modules sent by RMP in 2008. We assure you that RMP and PacMA’s Maritime Education and Training (MET) Subcommittee are now working to rectify those deficiencies and we will advise you accordingly when results are reached in due course. We urge you all to continue providing us with feedback necessary to ensure our regional training objectives are achieved as planned.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2009 )
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