SAFE INLAND NAVIGATION IS COORELATED TO THE QUALIFICATION AND MANNING REQUIREMENTS ON BOARD. RULES FOR PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN SETTLED AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT
AT THE RHINE LEVEL
The CCNR has drawn up safety rules for personnel on board vessels sailing the Rhine. Those rules are gathered since 2011 in one unique CCNR regulation called the ‘Regulation for Rhine navigation personal / staff’ (RPN) and covers:
- qualification of personnal (skills, experience and certificate)
- manning requirements of crews
- safety personnel on passenger vessels.
Since personal/ staff navigating on the Rhine has not necessarily been trained in one of the CCNR’s members states, the CCNR also recognize boatmaster certificates and service records books / navigation time of seven other European countries.
AT EUROPEAN LEVEL
The European Commission has identified skilled workforce and quality jobs as a key area of intervention in its NAIADES II Communication to create the conditions for inland navigation transport to become a quality mode of transport for the period 2014-2020.
On 3 June 2015, the CCNR adopted a Resolution creating a European committee for drawing up common standards in the field of inland navigation (Comité Européen pour l’Élaboration de Standards dans le Domaine de Navigation Intérieure – CESNI). The creation of this new working body is in line with the desire of the CCNR, shared by the European Union, to reinforce governance at the European level, particularly in the field of regulations governing inland navigation. The purpose of the new committee is to bring together experts from the Member States of the European Union and the CCNR and representatives of international organisations with an interest in inland navigation. The various stakeholders and professions in navigation in Europe will be well represented.
The CESNI is involved in drawing up standards for the technical requirements for inland navigation vessels and the demands made of crew members, and in the various implementing measures in the regulatory fields concerned. The regulatory frameworks of the European Union – new directives are currently been discussed – and of the CCNR – the Rhine Vessel Inspection Regulations and the Regulations for Rhine navigation personnel – will in future refer to the standards developed by the CESNI.