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Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, has been re-elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) Sub-Committee on Standards for Training and Watchkeeping.
This is Rear Admiral Brady’s sixth consecutive election as Chairman of the sub-committee.
“I am proud to be representing my country Jamaica and indeed the Caribbean at this level in the IMO,” Rear Admiral Brady said at a meeting of the sub-committee held recently in London, England, where he was re-elected. He further expressed thanks to the group for its continued confidence in his work.
“I will endeavour to guide the proceeding in a balanced way, mindful of the imperatives of completing the revision of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and Code, in time for the Diplomatic Conference in June 2010,” he pledged.
The Brady-led sub-committee is far advanced in its deliberations regarding the second major revision of the International Convention for STCW, which was first revised in the early 1990s, and the amendments accepted at the 1995 Diplomatic Conference.
The STCW Convention is accepted as the international standard for seafarer training and is considered as one of the four pillars of international maritime legislation, along with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), the Pollution Prevention Convention (MARPOL) and the recently adopted Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).
This revision takes into account, among other things, technological developments in shipping in the past 10 years, maritime security training and specialised training for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum (LPG) ships.
The United Nations’ specialised agency for international shipping, the IMO sets the international legislation governing the maritime training standards for nautical and engineer officers up to the Masters and Chief Engineering levels. It also formulates regulations to ensure safe, secure and environmentally sound shipping on the world’s seas and oceans.

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