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08 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:18 GMT+2

March 19, 2020

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Coronavirus, soon to be taken a measure to extend validity of certifications for seafarers

It will be issued by the General Command of the Captains of Porto

With the aim of addressing the concerns of the maritime transport related to training and certification seafarers following the coronavirus epidemic, The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued the letter Circular No. 4204 of 17 March last year, which notes that actions taken around the world in the wake of the epidemic serious challenge for administrations in enabling continuous training of seafarers, certificate validation, including medical certificates, and validations recognition of certificates in accordance with the International Convention on Training Standards, certification and sealing of the guard for seafarers (Convention STCW). With the circular, the IMO therefore encourages the issuers, in the light of these difficulties, to adopt a pragmatic and practical approach with regard to the extension of certificates and validations and also encourages the authorities Landing State Control to take a equally pragmatic in control procedures.

In Italy, the General Command of the Port Captains, which was activated at the IMO for a possible global solution and harmonised with these problems, announced that the letter Circular 4204 will allow the General Command to publish short-term a measure on extending the validity of Certifications.

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