The Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, has participated in the Subcommittee on human factor, training and watchkeeping (HTW) of the important organization. This Subcommittee at IMO deals with the human side of shipping, including training and certification.
Nvono-Ncá, which is placing a lot of importance on maritime safety in its agenda, is very involved in all IMO activities, due to the relevance that this body represents in the panorama of safety and protection of navigation, as well as the prevention of pollution of the sea by ships. In this Subcommittee on the human factor, training and watchkeeping, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea was able to participate in the advancement of such important matters as the 1995 training agreement for fishermen.
Likewise, throughout the Subcommittee at IMO, the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic by seafarers and Member States with regard to certification and training were considered, and established a working group that will be in charge of deal with the adverse effects of the measures taken so far. The focus of this group includes the issuance and renewal of certificates and documents of seafarers and will identify obstacles to the provision of continuous professional competence through refresher courses.