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Update nr. 105

In this ISM News Update:

  • Office Rood Boven Groen
  • Refresher courses
  • Medical certificates
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Office Rood Boven Groen

The year 2019 was very unsettled at Rood Boven Groen. With two leaders away on Sick leave from the beginning of the year and an unexpected departure of two employees mid-year, we had to come up with emergency solutions. We offer our apologies to all customers who have been affected by this and / or reduction in quality.

The new composition of the RBG team is as follows: Lisa Westra has been working at RBG since 1 December 2019. She is responsible for accounting, invoicing and marketing. Dominique Kooistra remains in place as a training coordinator and ISO manager. Maaike de Man has transferred her duties to Lisa and is trained by Deike Meijer as DPA and auditor sailing ships. Stephan Kramer supports the team and continues to focus primarily on compliance systems in merchant shipping and conducting STCW training. Sjoerd van der Berg and Rutger van Eijden continue to complement the RBG team as freelancers.

We are convinced that with this occupation we are once again involved, committed, and transparent for our customers.


Refresher STCW training BT, PSCRB, FRB and/or AFF

This information relates to;

  • Students who want to follow a Basic Safety Training (BT), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB), Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF) and/or Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (FRB) Refresher course shortly before the expiry of one or more certificates (Certificate of Proficiency).
  • Students who want to follow a BT, PSCRB, AFF, and/or FRB refresher course but one or more of the relevant certificates have expired (CoP).

Before the complete change of STCW from 1 January 2017, the rule was that retention of the BT, PSCRB, FRB, and AFF skills could be demonstrated with sailing time. This regards the requirement of 1 year sailing time in the previous five years.

Due to the lack of possibilities for realistic practice on board, this rule has been abolished (for a large part of the skills). Only the EFA (Elementary First Aid) and PSSR (Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities) components can still be demonstrated with sailing time (1 year sailing time in the previous five years). If you do not meet the sailing time, you can follow the EFA and PSSR training courses for these components every five years.

From now on the BT, PSCRB, FRF, and AFF certificates must be renewed by means of repeat training. The Certificate of Competency (CoC) is no longer proof that the training obligations have been met. This has been decided so that the certificates no longer influence the duration of the CoC.

It is mandatory to be in possession of valid BT, PSCRB, and AFF certificates when signing on and during the entire journey (the period on board) for the holder of a valid Dutch CoC as captain or officer.

For other seafarers, one or more of the aforementioned four certificates must also be valid when signing on and during the entire voyage if they have been assigned relevant duties and responsibilities.

Finally, depending on the authority, one or more of the BT, PSCRB, and AFF certificates must also be valid at the time of the application (both for the first application, the renewal or increase) for a Dutch CoC as captain, officer or companion. On our website at ‘file downloads,’ you find the flow chart of ILT or click here.


Medical certificates

For a Certificate of Competency (CoC) where you need both a Medical First Aid and a Medical Care certificate, you must be able to submit a certificate from both courses. This is especially true when applying for a CoC from the Kiwa register.

At some training institutions, the Medical First Aid is automatically included in the Medical Care training. Ask for two certificates anyway. If you have this in one, there is a chance that you have to prove yourself at Port State Control, training institutes, or applying for your Certificate of Competence, that Medical First Aid was included in the Medical Care training.

Kind Regards,
Team RBG