2011 December

This Day in Maritime History: December 27th – January 2nd

On December 31st, 2011

The last week of the year boasts the anniversary of many notable, memorable and important events from the maritime world. From 1600 to 1999 - we take a look at the past: Darwin Departs from England, U.S.S. Monitor Sinks, U.S. Navy Transfers Vessels to Vietnam, East India Company is Granted Charter, Panama Granted Control of..

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How to avoid hazardous weather at sea

On December 29th, 2011

How to avoid hazardous weather at sea-Beware of storms! A terrible storm in the Atlantic might cause terrible carnage One hundred years ago it would not be even remarkable to hear that even well-found ships had been overwhelmed by seasonal storms. A terrible storm in the Atlantic might cause terrible carnage to the fishing fleets..

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Montenegro: Another Ratification for Ballast Water Convention

On December 29th, 2011

But more tonnage needed The IMO Ballast Water Convention has received a further ratification this week by Montenegro. This brings the total number of countries which have ratified the Convention to 31 but still leaves the tonnage percentage below the entry into force requirements. The IMO Ballast Water Convention will enter into force 12 months..

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Amendments to Merchant Shipping Regulations applicable to Singapore Ships

On December 29th, 2011

MPA Singapore issues Circular 21/2011 The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular reminding Singapore shipowners that Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention)(Amendment) Regulations, 2011 come into effect on 1-January-2012. These regulations put into effect recent changes to the SOLAS Convention, primarily addressing goal-based standards for new ship construction; corrosion protection of cargo oil tanks..

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ICS Reminds Shipowners To Comply With STCW In 2012

On December 27th, 2011

ICS Reminds Shipowners To Comply With STCW In 2012 STCW to come into force from January 1st of 2012 ICS is advising shipping companies to ensure they comply with the Manila amendments to STCW, particularly in relation to seafarers' rest hours and the more stringent requirements for preventing drug and alcohol abuse that will apply..

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Chinese Pollution Regulations FAQs and Updated List of SPROs

On December 27th, 2011

The London P&I Club issues Alert The London P&I Club issues Alert regarding Chinese Pollution Regulations FAQs and Updated List of SPROs as follows: Members will be aware of the recent regulations introduced in China in respect of prevention and control of marine pollution from ships. For the Club's circular of 7 December 2011 outlining..

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STCW Manila seafarer training amendments enter into force on 1-January-2012

On December 23rd, 2011

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention), and its associated Code enter into force on 1-January-2012, with a five-year transitional period until 1-January-2017. The “Manila Amendments” were adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, the Philippines, held in June 2010, and are aimed at..

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Surveyors could be alerted when conducting watertight door surveys and tests

On December 22nd, 2011

    Welcome The principal purpose of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) is to determine the circumstances and causes of accidents and incidents with a view to avoiding similar occurrences in future, rather than to ascribe blame to any person. TAIC investigates significant aviation, rail, and marine accidents and incidents. TAIC does not investigate..

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ICS Class admitted as TSCI Observer

On December 20th, 2011

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL SURVEY AND CLASSIFICATION INSTITUTIONS (TSCI)   The Secretariat of the International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions (TSCI) inform that: TSCI Observer Status is granted to INTERMARITIME Certification Services (ICS Class) according to the decision of TSCI Council extraordinary meeting held in Moscow on 14-15 of December, 2011 Having analyzed..

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Action plan adopted for East Asia domestic ferry safety

On December 19th, 2011

A detailed action plan addressing domestic ferry safety in the East Asia sub-region was agreed by participants in a forum on the subject organized by IMO and held in Bali, Indonesia, on 6 and 7 December 2011. Attended by delegates from several governments as well industry organization Interferry, the Regional Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety..

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