2013 October

New certificates of competency for seafarers

On October 31st, 2013

On 29 September 2012, the STCW-F Convention, i.e. the IMO Convention on the standards of training of persons working on board fishing vessels, entered into force. This means that new certificates of competency for navigating officers are now issued with a reference to the STCW-F Convention. Certificates that have already been issued will be endorsed..

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Clarification of Implementation Date and Notice of Arrival Requirements

On October 29th, 2013

The USCG has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin regarding clarification of implementation date and notice of arrival requirements for Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule. The "Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements" (NTVRP) final rule, requires vessel owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gross tons and above to prepare and submit oil spill response..

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ICS launches new web-based resource

On October 29th, 2013

Are you ready for the ILO MLC? The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August although, in practice for many ships, full certification including the preparation of..

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Seafarers frustrated by administrative burden – study

On October 25th, 2013

A study by the Danish Maritime Authority, supported by InterManager, has found that seafarers believe they are spending too much time on tasks they consider to be “an administrative burden.” A survey of international seafarers revealed that a third of all nationalities are “annoyed or frustrated by administrative burdens” in the maritime sector, stemming from..

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RINA to focus on newbuilding and IACS issues

On October 25th, 2013

RINA's Hellenic Advisory Committee meeting for 2013 took place on October 8, 2013 in Athens and focused on newbuilding and IACS issues. In his opening speech George Youroukos referred to the recent achievements of RINA from the perspective of a shipowner. The fast and accurate service and response to any request and the excellent PSC..

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Marshall Islands Registry Continues Strong Growth

On October 22nd, 2013

RMI Registry is the third largest in the world International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is the third largest in the world surpassing 96 million gross tons and nearly 3,000 vessels at the end..

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UK P&I Club tops Intercargo study on PSC benchmarking

On October 22nd, 2013

Lowest PSC deficiencies number in 'Benchmarking Bulk Carriers' report The UK P&I Club announced that bulk carriers entered in the UK Club have the lowest number of Port State Control deficiencies when inspected according to the latest edition of "Benchmarking Bulk Carriers" published by Intercargo. The dry cargo shipowners association report states that UK Club..

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Costa Crociere secures Concordia wreck transport

On October 22nd, 2013

Dockwise Vanguard available for Concordia wreck transportation (Image Credit: Dockwise)   Contract signed with Dockwise, owner of world's largest semi-submesible ship   Costa Crociere and Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) have signed the contract that secures the availability of the Dockwise Vanguard -  the world's largest semi-submersible ship - as..

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ABS Forms Asset Performance Management Group

On October 21st, 2013

ABS has announced the formation of the Asset Performance Management Group (APMG). The new organization integrates several existing services into a single team focused on complete life cycle performance services that complement traditional classification services. The new APMG will bring together: ABS Operational and Environmental Performance - Responsible for assisting clients with operational performance, energy efficiency and..

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All seafarers to be security trained in accordance with STCW 2010 from 1-January- 2014

On October 18th, 2013

The Manila amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Code (the STCW Code) came into force on 1-January- 2012. The revised Code (known as STCW-2010) introduced new minimum rest hours with immediate effect and a timetable of implementation dates for training and certification arrangements. The key implementation dates are as follows:..

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