Pilot classes are now here, making the Philippines lead in the development of IMO model courses for passengers on STCW Standards of Training, Watchkeeping and Certification, particularly based on amendments in November 2016.

Mariana Academy of Maritime Studies pilot tested May 21-25 two courses at G.E. Antonino building at Kalaw and Bocobo streets, Ermita, Manila. This is part of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) commitment to IMO, more so Filipinos are majority workers in cruise ships.

The Mariana Team facilitated the five-day classes of lectures, practical exercises and assessment.

The crisp but rich pilot class has 20 participants who are captains, chief mates, chief engineers and hotel staffs from passenger ships and maritime training centers.

The STCW Office was represented by Ms. Presca Lee B. Lugo, Maritime Education Training and Standards Supervisor (METSS) and two Research and Development Division (RDD) staff. Participants were awarded with Certificates of Appreciation after completion of the activity.



The class may appear simple but really challenging even if range and topics are compressed, inclusive of emergency procedures on fire, grounding, missing onboard, piracy. Let alone the complete knowledge demanded, the procedure must be clear and specific to crew and passengers who are stressed, often in panic.

This demands 60% management, not so much of technology.



The Mariana classes hammer on:

  • Passenger ship crisis management and human behavior training-

In accordance to Standard of training certification and watch keeping for seafarers STCW 2010 amendments. Section A-V/2 “Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on passenger ships.”

STCW Regulation V2, Chapter V/2, Par. 8 states that masters, chief engineer officers, chief mates, second engineers and any person designated on muster lists of having responsibility for the safety of passengers in emergency situations on board passenger ships shall have completed approved training in crisis management and human behavior as specified in section A-V/2, paragraph 3 of the STCW Code.

  • Passenger safety, cargo safety and hull integrity training-

Tagging STCW Code Section A-V2 as amended in 2010

Par. 9 states that masters, chief engineer officers, chief mates, second engineer officers and every person be assigned immediate responsibility for embarking and disembarking passengers, loading, discharging or securing cargo, or closing hull openings on board ro-ro passenger safety, cargo safety and hull integrity as specified in Section A-V/2, Par 4 of the Code.


New submission.

The courses were originally developed by United Marine Training Center (UMTC). Finalized course packages will be part of MARINA Approved Model Course and will be sent to the Intl Maritime Organization (IMO) to address comments of IMO to Passenger Safety, Cargo Safety and Hull Integrity Training. These pilot classes were co-optation among MARINA and other Maritime Training Institutions (MTIs) that form the Technical Working Group (TWG).

President and CEO Glendalyn Demaria accepts the tedious and expensive preparations. Prior to the conduct of the tests, Mariana complied with the MARINA requirements and was given the Provisional Authority (PA).


Definite roles.

UMTC is more on implementation of emergency procedures; Mariana on planning and communication which demand critical understanding of issues like ship design, stability, IMO regulations on SOLAS and other international Conventions.

The planning includes procedures and communications with zone leaders in all zones or operational segments of the vessel. This involves not just seafarers but also service managers (bar, restaurant, etc) to be in concert with the bridge and central commands.

There is a practicum on passenger safety (specially on minors and the elderly), cargo safety and hull integrity where the ship mocked-up on the rooftop is so essential. These are drills on flooding, on reactions on grounded or sinking ships, when lifeboats cannot be unleashed.

Not all may be absorbed theoretically. But the classes will teach proper and practical responses operational like even hotel manager will know when water tight doors are locked, there will be boundary control. Of course, other reactions are needed on other types of vessels with cargo hulls, some with car decks larger than huge malls.

That is why every hand on board must take dual responsibilities: one, their formal jobs as bosun, oiler or bartender or chef; two, tasks assigned on the specifics of emergencies.



STCW 95 rolled to 2010, with additions and amendments in 2016. Likewise, MARINA acceded in 2010, with major transitions to 2016. Thus, there is a serious need to update given changes in procedures and upgrades in technology and equipment.

In STCW 1995, Crowd and Crisis Management Training were just two courses. With the STCW 2010 amendments, these were separated into four modules. Maritime training institutions should align their courses with the new amendments.

Upon completion, Certificate of Training Completion (CTC) will be provided.

Observers say even domestic shipping should be engaged considering it records a high percentage of sea mishaps. For one, lifeboats used to be for 20 but now for 100 passengers. Some are just lowered, others use tube slides for faster evacuation.

Some principals opt to train officers only on these emergencies to economize. MARINA does not issue them Certificates of Competency (CoP). But worst, ship and seafarers could undergo so much aggravation on inspection at foreign Port States.


Bullish growth.

Established just in 2013, Mariana Academy of Maritime Studies already earned in 2017 the Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence as Best International Technical Maritime Training Center.

It occupies the ground floor, 7th, 8th 14th floors and rooftop of the G.E. Antonino building on Kalaw, Ermita, hub of aspiring merchant mariners. It is strict on trainees’ time to deliver what Mariana promises of quality training.

Mariana is an Independent training Institution offering full technical trainings and assessment for Deck and Engine departments, with hospitality and catering management courses for seafarers and hoteliers.

It is recognized by MARINA, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Dept. of Education (DEPEd); an honorary member of the Intl Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), adept on the specific needs of clients — delivering higher quality education and trainings for maximum results.

It has strong partnership with 2GO, the leading domestic shipping company, which explains Mariana’s excellence in teaching hospitality services.

On top, it starts last week of June two programs for Senior High, the TVL Maritime Specialization and Pre-baccalaureate Maritime Specialization.


Solid ground.

All these are inspired by its Vision:

  • Be a pillar of world-class education, training and assessment center of excellence.
  • Dedicated to educate learners to realize dreams and build their future.


These become the Mission of Mariana:

Be a maritime and technical vocational community rooted to a culture of transformation in learning, teaching, leadership and nationhood — with passion for excellence in service through education, training and assessment.

Mariana nurtures the spirit that promotes and sustains the delivery of quality maritime and technical vocational education for today and beyond.