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NPA Commences Training For Seafarers

MONROVIA, February 13 (LINA) - The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has begun a week-long marine training to equip seafarers of the entity with knowledge in mandatory courses as required by the International Maritime Organization (IOM).

The IOM, known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization until 1982, is a specialized agency of the United Nations comprising of 172 member states responsible for maintaining a comprehensive regulatory framework to govern shipping activities.

The training, which is being conducted jointly by coordinators from the Regional Maritime University of Ghana and the Liberia Red Cross, when concluded, will enhance understanding of seafarers in IOM required courses of Fire Fighting and Survival at Sea Techniques.

The training, which was launched by NPA Managing Director David Williams at a local resort in Thinkers Village outside Monrovia on Monday, will also enhance the understanding of seafarers in Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Elementary First Aid and Security Duties and Awareness.

IOM Mandatory Courses are programs of model training developed in 1978 out of suggestions from a number of IMO member governments following the adoption of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers.

Williams said certificates which will be given the participants at the end of the training are the bare minimum required by the IOM for seafarers to man vessels worldwide.

Williams recalled that the NPA in 2008 conducted similar training for seafarers, adding, "The certificates lasted until 2013 before they expired.”

He noted that it is a matter of urgency for the NPA to conduct the training at this time as many of the participants will be responsible for manning vessels like the Two Thug, one Pilot boat and one Patrol boat obtained recently by the NPA under the auspices of the Kuwaiti Fund loan agreement.

"The next phase of this training will be short courses to upgrade the licenses of our marine personnel, pilots, engineers, deckhands, among others,” he said.

This phase will take months and will be done in segments since we cannot take all of the personnel to training at the same time," he explained.

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