ICS secretary-general Platten says shipping safety has suffered

The safety of ships has declined as a result of the industry’s focus on certain regulations, according to International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) secretary-general Guy Platten.

Speaking at a chamber event in London, Platten said that ICS would refocus on safety for 2019. It would target seafarer training and jobs with a view to improving the speed with which training regulations keep up with operational demands. He said that ICS would also be lobbying the International Maritime Organization to review the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers. The convention was last amended in 2010 to include clauses to keep training standards in line with new technological and operational requirements that require new shipboard competencies.

However, Platten observed to Lloyd’s List that since then the design, technology and operation of vessels had changed significantly and STCW had failed to keep up, Mr Platten told Lloyd’s List on the sidelines of the event.