Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

June 14, 2007

RTM STAR Center certified to SIGTTO LNG standards

ABS Consulting has certified RTM STAR Center's Tankship Liquefied Gases course as meeting all the requirements of the Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators, Ltd. (SIGTTO), LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards.

This makes RTM STAR Center the first and only training organization in the U.S.A., and one of only eight organizations in the world, thus far accredited or certified as meeting the SIGTTO standards.

The certification process by ABS Consulting included a gap analysis and in-depth review of all student and instructor training materials followed by a rigorous two-day onsite audit by a team of ABS auditors and LNG experts.

RTM STAR Center, with locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Toledo, Ohio is internationally recognized as a premier maritime training and simulation center.

RTM STAR Center is the primary training provider to American Maritime Officers (AMO) union members.

AMO members who successfully complete the USCG approved 60-Hour Tank Ship Liquefied Gases Course and ABS approved SIGTTO LNG Addendum will meet all requirements of the SIGTTO LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards-Guidance and Suggested Best Practices for the LNG Industry in the 21st Century, SIGTTO, First Edition, November 2005. The STAR Center program is certified by ABS as meeting the SIGTTO LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards for all officer ratings.

Officers with SIGTTO certified training will meet stringent industry guidelines and standards as well as owner, operator and charterer requirements in the LNG sector.

In addition to ABS SIGTTO certification, RTM STAR Center's Tankship Liquefied Gases Course is approved by the USCG and meets the requirements of 46 CFR part 13 for all Tankerman endorsements including Person in Charge (Liquefied Gases) and Section A-V/1,1-7 and 22-34 of the STCW code.