ICS publishes new personal record book for seafarers

The following is the text of a news release from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS):

(LONDON) — The International Chamber of Shipping has published a new edition of its widely used Personal Training and Service Record Book, to help qualified seafarers and their employers maintain a comprehensive record of training and seagoing service.

“Good record keeping of training and seagoing experience is essential to support a seafarer’s career at sea, and it is vital that shipping companies and seafarers are able to use a standard international book,” said ICS Director of Policy Simon Bennett. 

He added, “This new edition of the ICS record book, which includes a record of participation in drills, will also help during port state control inspections and when seafarers seek to revalidate their certificates, as well as supporting shipping companies’ ISM Code processes.”      

The revision of the ICS book coincides with the end of the transitional period for the 2010 Manila Amendments to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW Convention, and takes full account of the latest STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) requirements as well as developments such as the entry into force of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention.    

This latest ICS book, which is for use by all grades of qualified seafarers, supplements a series of ICS training record books for trainee officers and ratings, in both the deck and engine departments, which have been used by tens of thousands of seafarers worldwide.

For more information, email info@ics-shipping.org.

By Professional Mariner Staff