Training of Trainers and maritime labour inspectors on the application of the ILO MLC 2006

Interview with Captain Luigi Giardino Harbour Master, Port VI, Shipping Security Section, Italian Coast Guard Training Centre, Genoa

Captain Giardino has long  experience of certifying Italian ships and regulating foreign ships that dock in Italian ports.  After heading the Italian Coast Guard Training Centre of Genoa, he is now in charge of the office in Rome that regulates foreign ships which dock in Italian ports and ensures security.

What does the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) mean for maritime workers?

The new Maritime Labour Convention (2006) makes a decisive contribution to improving the overall security of seafarers and, more specifically, living and working conditions on board.

In addition, fundamental rights such as non-discrimination in recruitment and the abolition of child labour are firmly guaranteed.

How is this monitored?

By inspectors, who themselves benefit from the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) coming into force. Naturally, we are talking about both the inspectors responsible for certifying their own country’s ships and those responsible for checking foreign ships. Both categories will be able to use a single, organic instrument. The main advantage will be to harmonize procedures for safeguarding seafarers on all kinds of ships, whatever flag they fly.

And what is the advantage for ship owners?

The need to certify the ship, a stipulation of the Convention, allows the ship to demonstrate that it has a crew-management system in line with the international principles of the sector, witnessed by the flag it flies. This means that they will be under less pressure from inspectors abroad, who, obviously, need to focus mainly on ships that are, or seem likely to be, below standard, such as those that are not certified because they fly the flag of a non-signatory State.

What is the reason for this training of trainers and maritime experts?

Both to certify their own ships and to check foreign ships, the inspectors will be able to use a single, organic working instrument. The main advantage will be to harmonize procedures for safeguarding seafarers aboard all kinds of ships, whatever flag they fly.

What is the reason for this collaboration between the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization and the Italian Coast Guard Training Centre?

The two training centres share the objective of deepening and spreading knowledge of international maritime safety standards, including what they have to say about the safety of work on board. So they are both interested in training staff responsible for applying those standards properly.

Moreover, because they are close to each other, classroom teaching can be combined with practical experience of ship inspection in ports in Liguria, with the cooperation of the Italian Coast Guard Offices of of Genoa and Savona.

For instance, an integral part of the training will be study visits to three different ships – a cargo vessel, an oil tanker and a cruise liner. This will give the course participants the chance to gain experience of the three different types of ship, and of working conditions on board them.

There will be the direct chance of training in applying the standards which the supervising official will follow during a real inspection.


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