2012 March

MCA issues safety alert re prohibited fire extinguishers

On March 30th, 2012

EXTINGUISHERS, type MFZ/ABC6 and MPZ9L are prohibited under MED   UK MCA issues Safety Alert regarding FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, type MFZ/ABC6 and MPZ9L which are prohibited under Article 13 of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) as follows: The French Maritime Administration has informed the European Commission and EU Member States that they have prohibited Fire extinguishers type..

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Bahamas, Liberia, Marshall Islands & Panama signed The Washington Declaration

On March 30th, 2012

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas joined the Republics of Liberia, the Marshall Islands and Panama by signing a Declaration Condemning Acts of Violence Against Seafarers – also known as The Washington Declaration. The event took place during the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) at the Connecticut Maritime Association on March 19. Officiated by..

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Listing of Double Hull Tanker during Cargo Operation

On March 29th, 2012

While loading at a terminal, the ship listed heavily to port during shifting of ballast. She finally became stable at about 16 degrees list whilst touching the bottom. At the time of the accident, the ship was approximately at even keel with a draft of about 9m. The owner's office and DNV ERS (Emergency Response..

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Chinese Pollution Regulations

On March 29th, 2012

Updated FAQs and Lists of SPROs, Consortia & MSA Approved Agents Operators will be aware of previous Circulars and News Alerts concerning the recent Regulations introduced in China in respect of prevention and control of marine pollution from ships, including FAQs and lists of Consortia and SPROs (translated into English) produced by the Pollution Sub-Committee..

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Join Maritime Leaders in May at Revitalizing the Maritime Industry: A Maritime Forum

On March 28th, 2012

The Maritime Executive is hosting Revitalizing the Maritime Industry: A Maritime Forum at CCMIT in Linthicum Heights, Maryland May 7th & 8th. This timely conference is focused on jumpstarting the U.S. maritime sector and creating much needed jobs for America. Many of the leading maritime companies and industry leaders will be in attendance to explore..

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New proposals on respect for Maritime Labour Convention

On March 28th, 2012

By Isabelle Smets The European Commission has proposed new rules to ensure that ships entering EU ports respect the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). This convention, established by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), sets minimum standards on working conditions for sailors, particularly regarding hours of work and rest, lodgings, food, health protection and health care. Its..

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New United States Requirements for Ballast Water Treatment

On March 27th, 2012

United States ballast water management regulations will be superseded by new requirements for ballast water treatment. Ships calling at US ports and intending to discharge ballast will be required to use an approved ballast water treatment system that meets the US discharge standard (which is the same as the IMO D-2 standard) in accordance with..

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New Blended Learning Approach to ECDIS

On March 27th, 2012

Videotel, Safebridge and MSG join forces to offer a blended learning approach to ECDIS Author: Videotel VIDEOTEL, SAFEBRIDGE & MSG JOIN FORCES TO OFFER A BLENDED LEARNING APPROACH TO ECDIS – ONE OF THE MARINE INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST TRAINING AND EDUCATION CHALLENGES TO DATE Videotel, the world’s largest multi-media producer of high-quality maritime safety training software..

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ITF Seafarers' Trust celebrates 30 years

On March 26th, 2012

The ITF Seafarers' Trust marked 30 years of work for seafarers' welfare with an international seminar in London, England on 22 March. The seminar had two main themes – the importance of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 (the seafarers' "bill of rights"), and the provision of welfare services that meet the needs..

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LR unveils an ECA calculator

On March 23rd, 2012

A tool to assist with strategic planning for SOX compliance with MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14 Lloyd's Register (LR) recently introduced an ECA Calculator, a tool which is claimed to assist with strategic planning for SOX compliance with MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14. At present, the majority of vessels choose to comply with the current..

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