2013 April

Shipowners and Unions Raise Concern At Casualty Reporting Failures

On April 30th, 2013

ICS and ITF hope that governments will give consideration at next IMO MSC Shipowners and seafarers' unions have joined forces to express concern at flag states' failure to submit maritime casualty reports as required under international Conventions. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the International Transport..

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Marshall Islands Registry provides useful insight on new maritime regulations

On April 30th, 2013

The Hellenic office of the Marshall Islands Registry hosted an important event this week, in Piraeus, Hellas, informing its members, clients and associates, regarding the latest developments of the new maritime regulations. Among the issues discussed were updates of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention, the case of Piracy, the new US Coast Guard Ballast Water..

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MARPOL Annex V Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships

On April 26th, 2013

Amendments to Annex V were adopted by resolution MEPC.201(62) Annex V of the MARPOL Convention aims to eliminate and reduce the amount of garbage being dumped into the sea from ships.  Its terms include all kinds of food, domestic and operational waste that are likely to be disposed of during the normal operation of the..

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China & Indonesia expected to ratify the MLC, 2006 this year

On April 26th, 2013

L to R: Mr Jim Fitzpatrick MP – former UK Minister of Shipping; Ms Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry - Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the ILO; Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos – former Secretary General IMO; Mr Hennie La Grange – Acting Chair ISWAN; Mr Roger Harris – Executive Director ISWAN. Photo: Chris Sowe ISWAN Launches..

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First Chinese BWMS manufacturer to win Full-Scale AMS Certificate

On April 26th, 2013

Headway Obtained USCG Full-Scale AMS Certificate OceanGuard Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), researched and developed by Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd., successfully obtained the AMS (Alternative Management System) Certificate issued by USCG while Headway became the first BWMS manufacturer to win USCG Full-Scale AMS Certificate in China. It is known that there are more than 50..

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ClassNK certifies Type Specific ECDIS course

On April 26th, 2013

Although the STCW convention now requires masters and deck officers aboard ECDIS-fitted ships to have generic ECDIS equipment training, some oil majors and port state control authorities now request evidence of Type Specific ECDIS training during vetting and PSC inspections, in accordance with the ISM code. To address these new requirements, Iino Marine Service Co.,..

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Bureau Veritas slashes MLC compliance time

On April 26th, 2013

The international classification society Bureau Veritas has set up a web-based system which will help shipowners to cut certification time for the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 dramatically. BV says the system is needed because some shipowners are leaving it until late to seek the necessary MLC certification. An addition to the services available to Bureau..

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ClassNK Releases 2013 Edition of Class Rules

On April 25th, 2013

Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships ClassNK announced that it had released the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of..

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IMO Sub- Committee on STW to be held next week

On April 25th, 2013

STW 44, from 29 April to 3 May 2013 in London The 44th session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW 44) will be held from 29 April to 3 May 2013 in London. BIMCO's Marine Department will be present at the meeting. The Sub-Committee on Standards of..

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2002 Passenger ship liability and compensation treaty set to enter into force in 2014

On April 25th, 2013

The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises the limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship, is set to enter into force on 23 April 2014, after the required 10 ratifications were reached on 23 April..

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