2013 August

Brazil – Visas for crew members

On August 31st, 2013

The UK P&I Club issues Loss Prevention Bulletin 908 regarding the Visa requirements in Brazil. There have been a number of recent cases where shipowners have been fined, and crew members repatriated, due to non-compliance with Brazilian visa requirements. Whenever a vessel is trading a Brazilian cargo between two Brazilian ports (cabotage), a Temporary V..

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USA – Notice of Arrival/Departure Changes

On August 31st, 2013

The UK P&I Club issues Loss Prevention Bulletin 907 regarding Notice of Arrival/Departure Changes in USA. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) will no longer be accepting old versions of the electronic Notice of Arrival Departure (NOAD). As of the 13th August 2013, the USCG will no longer accept Notice of Arrival/Departure (NOAD) Workbook (Ver. 6.0) as..

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POEA suspends manning agency of MV A Ladybug stranded seafarers

On August 31st, 2013

21 Filippino seafarers abandoned off Malta seek for help The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has moved to the the suspension of a manning office that conveyed 21 Filipino seafarers who are currently stranded at the Port of Malta. POEA has taken measures to repatriate at least 21 Filipino seafarers abandoned for months aboard the vessel MV..

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Provisions for Medical Certificates required by MLC, 2006-RMI Marine Safety Advisory No.51-13

On August 29th, 2013

Republic of Marshall Islands advises of the new provisions for Medical Certificates required by the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Regulation 1.2, Standard A1.2.1 stipulates that seafarers who work on board ship must be certified as medically fit to perform their duties. Further, in Standard A1.2.2 and subsequent provisions, the Republic of the Marshall..

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MLC enforcement not just for passenger ships and bulkers

On August 29th, 2013

DNV is supporting shipowners and operators through the initial enforcement phase of the Maritime Labour Convention with a range of services and advise that the major port state control bodies will go beyond International Labour Organisation Resolution XVII recommendations to initially just concentrate on passenger ships and bulk carriers. "Paris MoU enforcement will be applied..

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Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) required for older ships

On August 29th, 2013

A new SOLAS Amendment clarifies installation of BNWAS for ships built before 1 July 2002 The Maritime Safety Committee at its 92nd session adopted Resolution MSC.350(92) with amendments to SOLAS coming into force on 1 January 2015. The amendments to SOLAS Chapter V now set a clear time schedule for the implementation of a BNWAS for ships..

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DOLE marks MLC entry into force with better working conditions for seafarers

On August 29th, 2013

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said the Philippines marked the entry into force of the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 with expressed solid commitments from all the maritime stakeholders to ensure compliance with the important Convention in law and practice. Acknowledging the role of ship owners, manning agencies, international organizations, such as the International Labor..

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Report of starving Chinese crew members proves untrue-China Daily reports

On August 29th, 2013

Image Credit: Shipspotting Local media in Belgium had repeatedly reported that 11 Chinese sailors were on the brink of starvation in their "blocked" cargo ship MV C Ladybug in the Antwerp port and their personal freedom had been compromised. However, Fu Jing from China Daily reports that he communicated with the Chinese embassy in Belgium...

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Panama Canal Begins Countdown for Centennial Celebration

On August 29th, 2013

Centennial to highlight present operations and expansion program The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has begun the countdown for the centennial celebration as it commemorates its 99th anniversary. The countdown's events will highlight the waterway's contribution during the past 100 years and the efforts underway to face the challenges of the upcoming decades. The countdown began..

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Another Flag of Convenience Bulk Carrier split in two

On August 29th, 2013

Image Source: Towingline Not long after MOL Comfort sinking Another accident that reminds a lot both the recent MOL Comfort incident, and the Swanland disaster, involved the Panamanian flagged bulk carrier, MV Smart, which split in two August 19, after grounding off Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Richards Bay..

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