The Dieselduck wrote:
We aught to be able to figure it out over here.
You realize that we are talking about TC don't you. A one day course will turn out to be six days, then be shortened to three after company outcry, while engineers will not be consulted whatsoever.
Lets not forget the organizations responsible for setting up, funding and running such courses. In Canada, that would be cash strapped Provincial Government departments responsible for "Trades Training & Upgrading", who have much bigger problems than developing a certification upgrading course for a handful seafarers to make them qualified to work on vessels outside Canada and or not under Canadian jurisdiction. It is not news to Canadians that when it comes to specialized training in an established training program, in this case HV Electricity, just about every Province have their own sets of rules and standards for such courses and if your training and experience doesn't meet the set requirements you are ineligible to do the upgrading without taking other courses first. So a One or Six day course in some other jurisdiction somewhere else in the world could potentially turn into a 1 - 2 year training program here, in many cases, at the engineers expense in time, tuition and lost wages with no guarantee of TC approval or recognition.
As expected in situations like this when 2 levels of government are involved and the minefield of jurisdiction for education and training must be crossed. Things move very slowly and a timeline set down for compliance with an international convention for an handful of seafarers doesn't seem to be a high priority for the bureaucracies involved until it is "Crunch" time. For example both TC and the Provincial Government Departments responsible for providing such training have known about the requirements for MED upgrading under the Manila Convention since it was ratified and only in the last 18 months a year has an approved TC Training syllabus been provided and training courses set up in already established training facilities.
Some of the larger the private sector companies are remaining silent on this, as they maintain the policy that "Certification and the training to maintain that certification is responsibility of the Seafarer not the Company", knowing that they are being handed a huge loophole to circumvent Canada's Labour Laws with respect to foreign seafarers on Canadian Registered Vessels, despite the recent court ruling won by the SIU.
Let's face it the majority of Canadian seafarers are coming up on the end of their careers and the companies know this. They also know that once the already dwindling pool of certified seafarers depletes further and or deemed to be non-compliant with new international regulations, they can exert more pressure on the Government for permission to fill positions with Seafarers from other jurisdictions that carry certification that complies with the Convention but may not necessarily meet Canadian Standards.
Troubleshooting 101 "Don't over think it - K.I.S.S. it"