2013 December

Nicaragua ratifies MLC Convention

On December 23rd, 2013

Nicaragua is the second Central American country after Panama to ratify this landmark Convention The Government of Nicaragua deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). This brings to 54 the total number of ratifications received so far representing approximately 80 per cent of the world..

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LRQA Certifies Diaplous Maritime Services to ISO/PAS 28007

On December 23rd, 2013

First PMSC Certification in Greece and Cyprus Region LRQA Greece has awarded a PMSC related ISO/PAS 28007 certificate to the first Greek private maritime security services client, Diaplous Maritime Services.  Announcing the news, LRQA Greece Business Centre Manager, John Kalafatis commented: "Certification to the ISO/PAS 28007 standard clearly shows that Diaplous Maritime Services has made..

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DMA donation as a helping hand with IMO environmental regulations

On December 23rd, 2013

Denmark has donated DKK 200,000 for the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO). The money is intended to assist all countries in complying with the IMO requirements on ballast water management and CO2 emissions. DKK 200,000 from the Danish Foreign Ministry's programme for developing countries has just been sent to the IMO headquarters in London...

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IACS Council adopts new harmonised Common Structural Rules (CSR)

On December 20th, 2013

IACS has unanimously adopted new harmonised Common Structural Rules (CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers. The new rules will apply to all oil tankers over 150 m and bulk carriers over 90 m in length contracted for construction on or after 1 July 2015 at its 68th session of the IACS Council meeting, held..

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Maritime transport: Progress on safety, but some EU flag states could do better

On December 19th, 2013

EU rules promote maritime safety and set a high standard for EU flag states Some EU Member States are struggling to meet their commitment to ratify international maritime conventions, according to a European Commission report  on compliance with flag state requirements. Vice-President Siim Kallas, EU transport commissioner, said: "I am heartened that most coastal Member..

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USCG updates the Certificate of Compliance

On December 18th, 2013

  CG-CVC recently completed an update to the COC form. The new form clarifies procedural issues for each category of vessel (Passenger, Oil/Chemical Tankers, Gas Carriers, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU's) and Floating Installations (FI's)) and provides additional amendments to include a deficiency report. CG-CVC determined that adding the deficiency report to the COC form..

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Unauthorized modifications of navigation lights

On December 17th, 2013

COLREG requirements and limitations Due to attempts to comply with the Singapore Strait recommendations to show three green all-round lights when crossing the Singapore Strait, therre have been lately unauthorised modifications of navigation lights. DNG GL has issued Technical Newsletter to  to inform/refresh ship owners, managers and their crew about the COLREG requirements and limitations..

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How to install Tier engine after 2016

On December 17th, 2013

Tier level in force on the date of installation Any non-identical replacement engine to which MARPOL ANNEX VI reg. 13 applies has to comply with the Tier level in force on the date of installation. This means Tier II compliance is required for all engines installed after 1-1-2011, and Tier III compliance is required for..

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New unified interpretations in connection with MARPOL Annex VI

On December 17th, 2013

Terms regarding time of the replacement or addition & identical replacement eng During MEPC.65, IMO published two Unified Interpretations pertaining to Regulation 13 Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) of MARPOL ANNEX VI. The first of these, UI MPC 98, describes how to interpret the term "time of the replacement or addition", used to determine the applicable Tier..

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Maersk Line voted Global Ocean Freight Carrier of 2013

On December 17th, 2013

Global forwarder DHL has named Maersk Line carrier of the year for DHL Global Forwarding 2013. The result was clear after DHL conducted a global survey in all their frontline offices in order to obtain feedback on carriers' performance in a host of different areas such as sales and customer service quality, responsiveness, speed to..

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