The meeting of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) was this time organized by CERONAV which is the national maritime safety training provider in Romania. There were members present from all over the world (Canada, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, France, Nigeria, Latvia, Finland, Romania, Taiwan and The Netherlands). The meeting started on Saturday in Constanta, this is the residence of CERONAV. After the official meeting the training facilities of the Romanian host were visited. On Monday the seminar took place at the House of Parliament in the capital of Romania, Bucharest. During this seminar presentations were held by several representatives of Romanian governmental bodies (coastguard, search and rescue organization). Also the manager of the certification service department of NK Class Capt. Naoki Saito made a presentation on the value of quality systems used on Safety training centers, not only to validate the quality of their courses but also the quality of their instructors. Finally mr Milhar Fuazudeen (head of Maritime Training and Human Element Section and Maritime Safety Division of the IMO) made a presentation with a few very good "take home messages" for all the present IASST members.
After the presentations, the IASST chairman announced that the IASST members had decided that Mr Fuazudeen would be offered the honorary membership of the IASST, because of all his efforts he made for a long time to improve the safety on board, in his position at the IMO.
The IASST chairman Dimitrijs Semjonovs gave to Mr Fuazudeen the silver medal that comes with the honorary membership.
The IASST is an association of safety and survival training organizations whose mission is: To facilitate the exchange of information on matters relating to safety in the maritime environment and to promote continuous improvement in safety and survival training internationally. The IASST aims to improve safety and survival training by sharing of best practice information between its members. Within the Association there is a wide variety of expertise, which encompasses universities, nautical colleges and scientific institutions, as well as both privately and publicly owned safety training schools, professional organizations and manufacturers of all types of safety equipment. The majority of the members are drawn from the nautical profession; including shipmasters, deck and engineering officers, marine pilots and coastguards, as well as staff from rescue co-ordination centers. In addition, there is also representation from firefighting, medical, aviation and offshore oil occupations This broad spectrum of accumulated maritime knowledge allows the IASST to offer unrivalled expertise in the following areas: Sea survival, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Emergency communications, Medical care, Damage control, Marine crisis management, Offshore emergency control, Fast rescue craft handling, Environmental protection and pollution control.