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CESMA. Council Meeting - AGA 2014

Le Council Meeting et l'AGA de CESMA se sont tenus à Barcelone, Espagne, du 15 au 17 mai 2014.

       Cette année, nos partenaires de l'ACCMM (Associacio Catalana de Capitans de la Marina Merchant) organisaient l'Assemblée générale annuelle de CESMA à Barcelone. Trois jours de réunions et discussions.


       Le 15 mai, à la faculté nautique de Barcelone, il était organisé un workshop sur les simulateurs de navigation et de machine. Tout d'abord la présentation du projet européen Simulation-based model course. Le docteur Marcella Castella a plaidé en la circonstance pour l'introduction du simulateur dans la formation pour re-délivrance des brevets. Ensuite, ont pris la parole Mr Cees Muyskens (Pays-Bas) sur les simulateurs présents et futurs et Mr Boran Keshishyan (Russie) sur la formation dispensée actuellement en Russie. Pour finir la matinée, le représentant des capitaines irlandais au CESMA, également formateur sur simulateur à Cork a lui aussi plaidé pour l'introduction de séances sur simulateur de navigation pour tous les officiers pont, y compris le capitaine, dans un « refresher course ».
L'après-midi fut consacrée à une table ronde sur les équivalences de navigation à donner aux élèves des écoles maritimes qui ont suivis une formation sur simulateur. A ce sujet on peut noter que les pays européens ne donnent pas tous la même équivalence : 6 mois pour la Belgique, 60 jours pour 15 jours de simulation pour les Pays-Bas, rien pour les autres pays. Mais ces données peuvent évoluer rapidement puisque des projets européens d'uniformisation de formation par simulateurs sont en cours d'élaboration.
Pour finir cette journée, nous avons eu droit à une démonstration de navigation sur simulateur, démonstration qui n'a pas vraiment emballé l'assistance, même si on a pu voir tout ce qu'il était possible de simuler, mais la simulation était effectuée sur ordinateur, pas de commandes passerelle, tout se faisait à la souris.

       Le 16 mai, le council meeting eu lieu dans les locaux du Port de Barcelone. 14 associations (pour 11 pays) étaient représentées. Les discussions portèrent sur les points suivants : A noter que le midi nous avons été reçu à la mairie de Barcelone, magnifique endroit lieu chargé d'histoire.

       Le 17 mai l'Assemblée générale se tenait dans la salle de conférence du musée maritime de Barcelone.
Les présentations ont eu pour sujet :

Dans l'après-midi, l'Assemblée a discuté de sujets divers tels que la criminalisation des marins en général et des capitaines en particulier, la gestion de la fatigue, la sécurité des navires à passagers, la navigation au GPS exclusivement, les attaques informatiques sur les navires, l'emploi des marins européens.
Suite aux débats entre les différentes associations, les huit résolutions suivantes ont été adoptées. Elles conduiront les activités de CESMA pendant l'année à venir.
Enfin pour 2015, plusieurs associations se sont portées volontaires pour l'organisation de la prochaine Assemblée générale : Bulgarie, Croatie et Monténégro (par ordre alphabétique).

Resolutions from the General Assembly:

RESOLUTION Nr. 1 : Criminalization of seafarers.
       The 19th Annual General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain, again noted that the problem of criminalization of seafarers and of shipmasters in particular, continues to be a matter of great concern. Co-operation between all parties in the maritime industry is the best solution to tackle the problem of criminalization. CESMA urgently requests ship owners and/or operators to always provide legal protection to masters, serving on their ships, in case of an incident as a consequence of which they are detained by local authorities, until, at least, a verdict has been pronounced. Moreover masters are urgently advised to take a risk insurance, such as the “Master Mariner Protect”, into consideration.
RESOLUTION Nr. 2 : Piracy.
       The Assembly again discussed the problem of piracy against ships in various parts of the world with the attacks on ships in the West Africa area now becoming more frequent and violent. Although CESMA is still critical about the use of fire-arms on board, as it could escalate violence, it maintains its position, as agreed during last year's AGA in Nantes, that it does not oppose, as a temporary measure, the employment of officially certified armed guard teams on board, either military or private, respecting the respective legislation in the various EU member states. It will adopt a practical position in line with European and international organizations on the condition that the authority of the master is efficaciously maintained, even when fire-arms have to be used. CESMA also insists on exact rules of engagement to be observed under all circumstances and internationally respected diplomatic protection of masters against liability at all times.
RESOLUTION Nr. 3 : Fatigue and safe manning.
       The Assembly again discussed the problem of fatigue in the shipping industry. The requirement of a minimum of three certified bridge watch-keepers, including the master, on each seagoing vessel of 500 GT and more, is still supported by CESMA. It still denounces the flexibility clause in the stipulation of hours and rest in the STCW convention, enabling the system of the six on six off watch schedule to be continued, as it affects maritime safety and the health of the seafarers concerned. The introduction of the MLC could have a positive influence on the condition that lists, showing work and rest periods, are correctly completed at all times.
RESOLUTION Nr. 4 : Safety of roro and large passenger ships.
       The Assembly also discussed the safety of roro- and large passenger ships as well as car carriers also with regard to the latest accident in South Korea. Disembarking a great number of passengers and crew in an emergency situation continues to be a concern, view damage stability and availability of sufficient and efficient lifesaving equipment.
RESOLUTION Nr. 5 : Safety of life saving equipments.
       The Assembly again shortly discussed the efficiency of life saving equipment on board seagoing vessels including incidents and accidents during drills. It has noticed that little has been changed on existing vessels. It again urges the IMO and flag states to introduce proper legislation to improve safety and design of life saving equipment in order to avoid fatal accidents.
RESOLUTION Nr. 6 : Employment of EU seafarers.
       Considering the shortage of employment opportunities for young European officers on board EU-flag vessels, CESMA appeals to EU ship-owners to create opportunities for young EU officers to start their careers on board EU flagged vessels on operational level and allow them to obtain managerial level. Also for cadets to create berths on board enabling them to complete their practical education and training and to obtain their certificates. In this way, maritime knowledge and experience within the EU merchant fleet and maritime industry can be maintained. All efforts should be employed to interest European young people to choose for a maritime career.
RESOLUTION Nr. 7 : Cyber security in the maritime industry.
       The Assembly discussed the possibilities of cyber insecurity with regard to ship management. Communication and navigation equipment such as AIS and GPS, are vulnerable to intrusion by hackers. CESMA supports and is involved in EU initiatives to find solutions to eradicate this danger.
RESOLUTION Nr. 8 : Marine Spatial Planning in EU waters.
       The Assembly discussed the necessity of a proper marine spatial planning (MSP), at present topical in the North Sea area, where building of windmill parks and other permanent structures are hampering a proper flow of shipping traffic. Members are urged to give attention to the questionnaire, initiated by NVKK, on the CESMA website, asking for opinions on safe manoeuvring distances in lanes reserved for shipping. CESMA takes part in the EU project ACCSEAS, also covering this issue

Cdt Hubert Ardillon,
Président de l'AFCAN

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