2012 August

Recent acts of piracy and armed robberies in the Guayaquil channel

On August 31st, 2012

These attacks are increasing in numbers and pose a serious threat Recent acts of piracy and armed robberies in the Guayaquil channel, Ecuador, have been brought to the UK P&I Club's attention. These attacks are increasing in numbers and pose a serious threat to maritime commerce in the area. The pirates' modus operandi is simple. ..

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Amendments to the Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78

On August 31st, 2012

Amendments to the Annex VI of  MARPOL  73/78 enter into force internationally on 1-January-2013. The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding to advise the parties concerned of the amendments to the Annex VI to the MARPOL 73/78 that will enter into force internationally on 1 January 2013. The Marine Environment Protection Committee..

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ATSB issues report re investigation on the grounding of bulk carrier at Queensland last year

On August 31st, 2012

 Investigation revealed linkage between the tiller and the rudder angle indicator The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of tis investigation into the grounding of a bulk carrier at Gladstone, Queensland on 29 April 2011. The ship grounded while departing the port. Prior to the grounding, the steering gear appeared to stop responding..

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Prison for ship surveyor who lied to Coast Guard

On August 30th, 2012

21 months in prison A Miami-based ship surveyor was sentenced today for lying to the Coast Guard and for falsely certifying that inspections had been performed on two ships, which were designed to ensure that the ships were seaworthy and did not pose a threat to the crew or the marine environment. Alejandro Gonzalez, 60,..

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LR Safety Alert: Acceptance of Equipment for Use on Singapore-Registered Ships

On August 29th, 2012

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) has issued Survey Circular No.1/2012 detailing requirements for acceptance of statutory equipment for use on Singapore-registered ships. 'Statutory equipment' means life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention, fire protection, navigation and radiocommunication equipment as required by IMO conventions such as SOLAS, MARPOL and COLREG. The Circular requires that..

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Indonesia ratifies several IMO instruments

On August 28th, 2012

The Republic of Indonesia has formally acceded to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), Annexes III, IV, V and VI, and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention). His Excellency Mr. T. M. Hamzah Thayeb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative..

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A new dimension for maritime employment

On August 28th, 2012

Attention will now be focussed afresh on the Maritime Labour Convention now it has completed its ratification process, with Russia and the Philippines bringing the total up to the 30 member states required to begin the “entry into force” process. With more than 60% of gross tonnage operated by the states which have ratified, MLC..

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Fulfilling Maritime Convention’s Promise

On August 28th, 2012

By Douglas B. Stevenson, Director, Center for Seafarers’ Rights Monday marked a very important day for seafarers and the entire maritime community when the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced it had received the requisite 30th ratification for the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) to come into force. I consider the MLC, 2006 the most..

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Designers Set Sail, Turning to Wind to Help Power Cargo Ships

On August 28th, 2012

By JOHN J. GEOGHEGAN If the world's shipping fleet were a country, it would be the world's sixth leading emitter of greenhouse gases. To reduce those emissions - and, not incidentally, to conserve expensive fossil fuels - cargo ship designers are now turning to the oldest source of power there is: The Wing. The new..

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US Maritime Agency Considers Overhaul of Oil-Spill Regulation

On August 27th, 2012

Review of tankers constructed with double hulls The United States is to consider scrapping one of the most significant pieces of international safety-at-sea regulations, introduced to prevent catastrophic oil spills. More than 20 years ago the US government and the United Nations international maritime organisation (IMO) forced through legislation requiring all oil tankers to be..

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