2013 September

US Coast Guard NTVRPs Final Rule

On September 30th, 2013

Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements The US Coast Guard promulgated a final rule regarding nontank vessel response plans (NTVRPs) and other response plan requirements. The rule requires owners and operators of covered nontank vessels to prepare and submit oil spill response plans. It specifies the content of a response plan and..

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IMO Sub-Committee review and reform – Sub-Committee restructuring process

On September 26th, 2013

At the 109th session of Council, in November, 2012, the IMO Secretary General proposed the reorganization of the sub-committees in an effort to deal more effectively with the technical and operational issues covered by IMO regulation. Following extensive debate on the matter, the sub-committees Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) considered and approved the..

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IACS Chairman calls for evidence-based assessment of ship efficiency

On September 26th, 2013

IACS Press Release - 26 Sept 2013 26/09/2013 IACS Chairman, Mr Cazzulo, speaking at the IMO WORLD MARITIME DAY SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, noted that IMO had recently supported in principle an IACS proposal for establishing an (Energy Efficient Design Index) "EEDI Database" for new ships being constructed in accordance with new IMO..

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USCG posted IMO newsletter

On September 25th, 2013

The US Coast Guard posted the IMO e-Newsletter which summarizes recent activities of the IMO of interest to the United States. It Includes the results of the review and reform of the Subcommittee structure and reports on recent sessions of Committees and Subcommittees. A brief summary of the reorganization can be found in the USCG..

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Shipping Fleet Statistics 2012

On September 25th, 2013

UK Department of Transport has released its statistics for UK and world shipping fleets   The UK Department for Transport has release report presenting shipping fleet statistics of 2012. The statistics include analyses by country of registration, UK ownership, management and parent ownership and vessel type. According to the Statistics: At the end of 2012:..

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Shipowners call for sustainable regulation on IMO World Maritime Day

On September 24th, 2013

The global trade association for the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has called for all future proposals for environmental regulation that impact on ships to be subjected to a full and proper cost benefit analysis before adoption by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). ICS is using the occasion of IMO World Maritime..

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Sampling and Analysis of ballast water in the context of PSC

On September 24th, 2013

BWM  Convention will enter into force 12 months after it has been ratified by 30 states The underlying principle of Port State Control procedures is that sampling and analysis of ballast water treated onboard a vessel will not be more stringent than what is currently required for the scope of type approval. Port State Control..

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IMO's Sub-Committee on DSC Outcome – 18th session, 16-20 September 2013

On September 23rd, 2013

The IMO's Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers(DSC) held its 18th session from Monday 16 through Friday 20 September 2013 under the Chairmanship of Mr Xie Hui (CHINA) and his Vice Chairman, Mr Patrick Van Lancker (BELGIUM). Within the revised sub-committee structure, DSC will become the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers..

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Guidance for navy ship safety

On September 20th, 2013

Lloyds Register has issued guidance for navies and shipbuilders entitled as ''naval ship safety assurance and the role of classification'' The ability of most modern navies to sustain their own naval standards has over the last few years become seriously degraded to the point where they must look for alternatives. These alternatives must not only deliver against..

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Heightened attention to specific survey items

On September 20th, 2013

Surveyors will place heightened attention on the following items to confirm they are being maintained and remain in an effective condition: fire safety, fire detection, fire fighting equipment and appliances (e.g. fire dampers, self-closing doors, fire pumps, emergency fire pumps, means of control) ventilation, quick-closing devices and their means of control lifeboats, liferafts, launching appliances..

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