2012 July

ICS Seeks Crucial Changes to IMO Ballast Water Regime in Effort to Avoid Chaos

On July 30th, 2012

ICS believes that a serious discussion is needed at IMO before the Convention enters into force The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address some critical issues concerning the imminent implementation of the..

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IMSBC Code – Draft Amendments and Interim Measures for Early Implementation

On July 26th, 2012

At its ninetieth session in May 2012, IMO's Maritime Safety Committee prepared draft amendments to Sections 4 and 8 of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. If the amendments are adopted in June 2013 as expected, they will not enter into force until 1 January 2015 at the earliest. In the meantime, IMO..

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Cyprus ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

On July 25th, 2012

      Cyprus is the 29th ILO Member and the ninth member of the European Union to ratify this landmark Convention. GENEVA (ILO News) - On 20 July 2012, the Government of Cyprus deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Cyprus is the..

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Sri Lanka: Centre of New Shift in Maritime Industry

On July 24th, 2012

Due to island's location, big port construction projects and plans to expand Sri Lanka is at the centre of the "next great shift" in the shipping and ship building industry that is underway, according Noboru Ueda, chairman and president of ClassNK. Head of the world's largest classification society , Mr Ueda said that the island's..

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Ensuring availability of fuels compliant with MARPOL Annex VI by 2020

On July 24th, 2012

Submitted by International Chamber of Shipping IMO issues circular which highlights the importance of reliably assessing the availability of MARPOL Annex VI compliant fuels and proposes a means to facilitate timely and successful implementation of the requirements of regulation 14 of MARPOL Annex VI. During MEPC 62 the Committee considered paper MEPC 62/4/5 reporting the..

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Marine Garbage Pollution: An International Problem

On July 24th, 2012

For a very long time it was generally believed that the oceans could absorb anything that was thrown into them. Fortunately this attitude has changed, particularly over the last 30 years or so which coincided with the increase in environmental awareness and scientific research observing the effects of various sources of marine pollution. Not to..

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Smart ships can reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent

On July 24th, 2012

ABB is developing a complete suite of software products that can slash ship fuel consumption by an unprecedented 20 percent. The portfolio builds on ABB's unique expertise in marine automation, electrical and propulsion systems to monitor and optimize all energy production and consumption processes during vessel operation. Around 90 percent of world trade is carried..

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India No.1 Ship-Breaking Centre in World

On July 23rd, 2012

India now enjoys the dubious distinction of having emerged as the largest centre of ship-breaking in the world with 415 ships having been broken in the ship-breaking yards of Alang in 2011-12. Another 150 giant behemoths, used to ferry millions of tons of goods across the globe but no longer seaworthy, are waiting there to..

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ICS Presses For Early IMO Study Into Availability Of Low Sulphur Fuel

On July 23rd, 2012

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose 36 member national shipowners' associations represent all sectors and trades and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to accelerate a critical study into the global availability of low sulphur fuel for ships. ICS has been expressing concern for..

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Dubai Maritime City Business Thrive in 2012

On July 23rd, 2012

Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world class maritime cluster built to further maritime activity in the Middle East, saw an increase in business and commercial activity in 2012. The City's Industrial Precinct has tailor-made solutions for maritime industrial, commercial and trading companies and offers facilities such as large and small workshops, warehouses, ship repair plots,..

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