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ITF launches on-board safety film

Embargoed. Not for use before 00.01 Friday 21st March 2008

ITF launches on-board safety film

The ITF will roll out a new onboard safety film today (Friday 21st March). Made following consultation across the industry, the 20 minute multi-language DVD has been designed to support and equip on-board safety representatives and is being distributed by ITF inspectors as well as being offered to ship operators to show on their vessels, following its successful preview at the latest IMO STW 39 (Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) meeting, where it was well received by maritime administrations.

Called Working Together for Safety on Board, the DVD sets out the safety structure laid out by the ISM Code and ILO Maritime Labour Convention, and the role of the on-vessel safety representative within it. It is aimed at seafarers of all ranks and comes with the following language options as standard: English, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesian.

John Bainbridge, Assistant Secretary of the ITF Seafarers' Section and its representative at the IMO, commented: “This is a new tool, a small addition to the armoury of all those who want to better understand the important role the safety representative plays and support him or her in their mission to build a safety culture.”

He concluded: “We are delighted to have had excellent access for filming provided by V Ships and Frontline, as well as advice from, among others, the IMO, ILO, ICS and ISF.”

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