USCG: IMO Subcommittee on Human Element, Training & Watchkeeping (HTW)

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Under the direct instruction of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and as may be requested by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the Sub-Committee on the Human Element, Training & Watchkeeping (HTW) considers matters related to the following subjects:

  • minimum international standards for training and certification of seafarers
  • principles of safe watchkeeping
  • maritime safety, security, and environmental protection culture in all ship operations
  • review of the principles of safe manning of ships and training issues related to the human element taking into account technological, organizational, and social developments
  • promotion of awareness of lessons learned from the analysis of accident and incident reports and information
  • review, updating and revision of IMO model courses; and
  • co-ordination with relevant UN bodies, IGOs and NGOs on international standards related to the training and certification of seafarers.

Additional details regarding the Assembly can be found using the IMO Official Website.

Previous Sessions

At the end of each HTW meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Maritime Safety Committee. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Sub-Committee. The final reports of the most recent HTW meetings are provided for your reference:

Additional Documentation

Additional HTW meeting documents can be made available by the Coast Guard for U.S. citizens only. Please contact Mr. E.J. Terminella if you would like to obtain additional HTW or STW documents.

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Last Modified: 7/5/2017