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Here is a short guide intended to familiarize seafarers with "Manila Amendments" to the IMO STCW Convention of 2010. The publication was released by the International Shipping Federation together with the International Chamber of Shipping. These amendments are in force since 1 January 2012. The key new requirements affect such areas as training record books, changes to competence tables, tanker training, mandatory security training, leadership and teamwork, refresher training, new seafarer grades and certification, medical standards etc.