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11.5.3 All companies operating and/or owning MASS of any size must:


n Provide for safe practices in MASS operations and a safe working environment; n Continuously improve safety management skills of personnel operating MASS vessels, including preparing for emergencies related to both safety and environmental protection;


n Comply with all mandatory rules and regulations; n Ensure that applicable code, guidelines and standards recommended by IMO, Flag States, Classification Societies and marine organisations are taken into account.


11.5.4 Therefore, for MASS, the vessel operator, whether owner or charterer, must ensure that their personnel undertake the required initial training and that the operator(s) are completely familiar with the equipment installed on the MASS, both for normal operations and emergency situations.


11.6 Entry Requirements


11.6.1 The MASS Operators should have an appropriate Seafarer certificate of competence applicable to the area category and vessel size. Possible certificates include:


n RYA Certificates for powerboats at all appropriate levels; n MSN 1858 (M+F) Certificates of Competency: Yacht Deck Officers Training and Certification Guidance; n The Safety of Small Workboats and Pilot Boats – a Code of Practice applicable to small workboats operating in commercial use to sea and all pilot boats. (The Merchant Shipping (Small Workboats and Pilot Boats) Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1609), as amended);


n MSN 1853 The Merchant Shipping (Boatmasters’ Qualifications, Crew and Hours of Work) Regulations 2015. Structure and Requirements;


n MGN 280 Small Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure, Workboats and Pilot Boats Appendix 3 – The Manning of Small Vessels;


n MGN 411 (M+F) – “Training and Certification Requirements for the Crew of Fishing Vessels and their Applicability to Small Commercial Vessels and Large Yachts”;


n International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 and Manila 2010 Amendments.


11.7 Experience


11.7.1 It is recognised that MASS are an emerging technology. The approach adopted for this Code recommends starting with current seafarer skills; specific training needs will develop as solutions emerge.


10.8 Training Needs


11.8.1 The following MASS specific training needs, shown at Table 11.2, have been identified. Where possible an equivalent MNTB National Occupational Standard has been identified to provide guidance.


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