2013 July

Senator introduces legislation for safety in cruise industry-The Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013

On July 31st, 2013

Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act (S. 1340) to improve passenger vessel security and safety. Senator introduced legislation, The Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013, that would improve consumer protections for cruise passengers and close gaps in cruise crime reporting requirements. The Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013 would: Give consumers a clear..

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Launch of Joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery-From September 1 to November 30, 2013

On July 31st, 2013

The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1. The scope of the CIC is the safety of propulsion and auxiliary machinery, especially the working order and maintenance of the main engines, auxiliary engines,..

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EMSA publishes Annual Report 2012

On July 31st, 2013

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has issued its Annual Report for 2012. This report in an account of the work undertaken by EMSA in 2012 to enhance the quality of shipping, strengthen maritime safety and achieve cleaner oceans. It measures the added value of EMSA's activities and services for the EU in general and its principal stakeholders..

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Standing Orders established for the MLC, 2006-Standing Orders of the Special Tripartite Committee

On July 30th, 2013

The establishment of the Special Tripartite Committee is necessary to give effect to Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. These Standing Orders and the Introductory Note were adopted by the Governing Body at its 313th Session (March 2012) based on a proposal from the Office (GB.313/LILS/3). Their drafts were discussed in two meetings..

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Accident Investigations Thwarted-BIMCO article

On July 30th, 2013

Another fire on a containership will have given fresh impetus to demands for answers, but waiting for the metaphorical smoke to clear could take a long time. Accident investigators hoping to discover the cause of the blaze on the Liberian-flag Hansa Brandenburg, abandoned by its crew last week after a fire is reported to have broken..

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The Merchant Shipping Regulations 2013

On July 30th, 2013

Maritime Labour Convention - Survey and Certification First UK regulation has been issued and coming into force on 15th August 2013 for the Maritime Labor Convention as follows: The Secretary of State is a Minister designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 in relation to measures relating to the safety of..

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World's biggest ships

On July 30th, 2013

When the world's biggest container ship was launched at South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard on June 14, a new era began in the competitive container trade. The MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the first of 20 "Triple-E" class container vessels ordered for the Asia-Europe route by Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Everything about..

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Adoption of IACS UI SC191

On July 29th, 2013

ClassNK has issued Technical Information (TEC-0961) regarding the adoption of IACS UI SC 191. Unified Interpretations on the technical provisions for permanent means of access for inspections required by SOLAS II-1/3-6 were approved as MSC.1/Circ.1464 (the amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1176 and MSC.1/Circ.1197) at the 92nd session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC92) held from 12..

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Panama Canal Expansion Reaches Important Milestones-The first four new lock gates will be the arriving in August

On July 26th, 2013

The Panama Canal Expansion is moving forward to achieve its goal of enhancing the waterway's capacity in order to provide a better service to customers. To date, the Program registers a 60.4% progress. The Expansion Program has achieved many important milestones. Both entrances of the Panama Canal are ready for bigger ships, since the deepening..

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Crew repatriated after nine months-ITF helped the repatriation of five Sri Lankan seafarers from Panama

On July 26th, 2013

The ITF in Sri Lanka has helped the repatriation of five Sri Lankan seafarers from Panama, where they had been stranded for nine months. The seafarers had boarded  a Nicaraguan-flagged vessel in Panama, where it remained anchored for more than nine months after it was abandoned by its Sri Lankan owner. The crew, who never..

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