2011 September

World Maritime Day 2011 – "Piracy: orchestrating the response"

On September 29th, 2011

Today (29 September 2011) marks the 34th celebration of World Maritime Day. This year’s theme is: "Piracy: orchestrating the response", a theme chosen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to provide the international community and the shipping industry with an opportunity to highlight and reflect upon the efforts made to meet the challenges of modern-day..

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Tanzania-Zanzibar International Register of Shipping (TZIRS) Authorization

On September 28th, 2011

Tanzania-Zanzibar International Register of Shipping (TZIRS) Authorization Official communication received from Tanzania-Zanzibar International Register of Shipping (TZIRS): Intermaritime Certification Services (ICS) is a duly authorized Recognized Organization (RO) & Recognized Security Organization (RSO) to act on behalf of the Tanzania-Zanzibar International Register of Shipping (TZIRS) for the performance of marine statutory services in accordance with..

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IMSBC Code: Direct Reduced Iron (C) with high moisture

On September 26th, 2011

The moisture content is Maximum 0.3 % - a carriage requirement     It has come to the attention of the Association that exemption certificates issued by some load port competent authorities to satisfy the requirements Section 1.5 of the IMSBC Code may not be finding their way to the relevant authority of the vessel's..

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IMO Expected Amendments to SOLAS to Mandate Enclosed Space Entry and Rescue Drills

On September 26th, 2011

IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers       The IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) during meeting earlier this month has set up a Working Group (WG) to develop amendments to SOLAS to mandate Enclosed Space Entry and Rescue Drills. In developing these amendments, the WG agreed..

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Ancient 2nd Century Roman Shipyard Unearthed by UK Archaeologists

On September 24th, 2011

A team of archaeologists led by the Britain-based University of Southampton has announced what they believe to have been the first major shipyard in Ancient Rome to ever be discovered at Portus, Rome’s main trading hub between the 1st and 6th centuries. The structure, which BBC reports to be dated around year 117 AD, was..

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Feature: The Philippines flip-flop

On September 21st, 2011

The apparent disconnect between the European Union and the International Maritime Organization over Filipino seafarers’ standards of competency raises some interesting questions. One the one hand, the Europeans have raised the threat of de-recognising the country’s certificates after an inspection by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) found fault with the standards of training and..

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Luxembourg ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention and the Seafarer's Identity Documents Convention

On September 21st, 2011

Luxembourg becomes the fifth EU member State, after Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain and Latvia, to ratify the MLC, 2006 and the 22nd member to ratify Convention No. 185

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Saudi Arabia gives boost to IMO Djibouti Code Trust Fund to combat piracy

On September 21st, 2011

(Left to right) IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos; His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom, holding cheque; Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Director, Maritime Safety Division, IMO Saudi Arabia has made a significant contribution to the IMO Djibouti Code..

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New AIS Service Uses Google Earth for Accurate Monitoring of Ships

On September 17th, 2011

Applied Weather Technology has come up with a new Automatic Identification System to help fleet managers in closely monitoring their vessels. This brand new service was made effective after a recent convention of International Maritime Organization made IS mandatory for all ship weighing over 300 tons. AIS is an automated tracking system used to identify..

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ICS successfully finished the second surveillance audit against ISO 9001:2008

On September 17th, 2011

The quality system for Intermaritime Certification Services (ICS Class) was audited on September 14 & 15, 2011 with satisfactory results. The scope of the audit was: Class Surveys including plans revision and approval in accordance with the ICS Class Rules for the Classification and Construction of Ships, Statutory Inspections and Certifications on behalf of Flag..

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