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We are offering you to have a glance in this short guide that have been worked out and intended to familiarize all seafarers with the "Manila Amendments" to the IMO STCW Convention of 2010. This publication was released by the ISF, standing for the "International Shipping Federation", in collaboration with the ICS, i.e. the "International Chamber of Shipping". These amendments are in force since 1 January 2012. The key new requirements are affecting such important areas as training record books, changes to competence tables, tanker training, plus mandatory security training, leadership and teamwork, refresher training, and new seafarer grades/certification, medical standards etc. This small but quite useful brochure dedicated to the Manila amendments, was produced to coincide with the IMO Seafarer's Day in order to summarize what seafarers could expect from the Convention after is has been amended. No doubt that the professional competence of the seafarers is for sure the most critical factor that is significantly contributing in the safe and efficient operations of the vessels. It should definitely be underlined that the above mentioned competence has a direct and strong impact on the human safety at sea together with the preventing the marine environment from being polluted. We would recommend every seaman to have a close look into the content of this document...