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Human Element, Training & Watchkeeping (HTW)

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Under the direct instruction of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and as may be requested by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the Sub-Committee on the Human Element, Training & Watchkeeping (HTW), formerly the STW Sub-Committee, considers matters related to the following subjects: Additional details regarding the Sub-Committee's work program can be found in the Terms of Reference document.

The United States is represented on the HTW Sub-Committee by the Coast Guard. The Head of Delegation for HTW is the Coast Guard's Marine Personnel and Qualifications Division Chief, Ms. Mayte Medina. Ms. Medina is supported by the Alternate Head of Delegation, Mr. Emanuel Terminella, the Administrative Program Manager, Mr. Davis Breyer, and the various delegation advisors.

Next Session: 3rd Session of the Sub-Committee on the Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 3)

IMO Meeting

Provisional Agenda: A summary of the items to be considered
Meeting Date: February 1-5, 2016
Meeting Location: IMO Headquarters, London, England

U.S. Public Meeting

The U.S. delegation holds a public meeting several weeks prior to the IMO meeting. The purpose of the public meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to interface with the Coast Guard and comment on the U.S. position for each agenda item. Members of the public interested in attending must contact the meeting coordinator at least 7 days prior to the public meeting. The meeting details are below however, additional details can be provided by contacting the meeting coordinator.
Meeting Date: January 26, 2016 at 9:30 am
Meeting Location: Department of Transportation Conference Center
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590
Meeting Coordinator: Mr. E.J. Terminella

* If U.S. Government Offices are closed on January 26th, the public meeting announced in the Federal Register (80 FR 76057) will be conducted virtually by calling :

202-475-4000 or 1-855-475-2447
 Participant Code: 887 809 72

The operating status of government offices can be found on the OPM website.


If this is the case, the "in-person" meeting will not take place and attendees should not travel to the DOT conference center.  Any questions you may have should be sent to the meeting coordinator.

Previous Sessions

At the end of each HTW meeting, a final report is prepared for submission to the Maritime Safety Committee. The final report provides a record of the issues discussed and actions taken by the Sub-Committee. The final reports of the most recent HTW meetings are provided for your reference:

Additional Documentation

Additional HTW meeting documents can be made available by the Coast Guard for U.S. citizens only. Please contact Mr. E.J. Terminella if you would like to obtain additional HTW or STW documents.

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