2014 January

Diebold designs Video Monitoring System for Panama Canal

On January 31st, 2014

All seafaring vessels crossing the Panama Canal are under the watchful eye of maritime traffic controllers who will soon be using equipment installed and implemented by Diebold. Working with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Diebold designed a 20-screen, high-resolution video wall for the canal's Marine Traffic Control Center. Diebold's solution enables controllers to view multiple..

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EMSA: Report on Pollution Preparedness and Response Activities

On January 30th, 2014

  EMSA's 2013 Report on EU Annual Funding The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has been given a Multi-annual Funding envelope for its 'anti-pollution' activities. One of the conditions for receiving this is that the Agency submits a report to the Commission and the Administrative Board, by 31 January each year, concerning the financial execution..

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DNV-GL: Future Alternative Fuel Mix for Global Shipping

On January 28th, 2014

    DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. While LNG is expected to be an early success, the picture becomes more diversified with time, as more than 20 per cent of shipping could adopt hybrid propulsion solutions, featuring batteries or other energy storage technologies. The main drivers..

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Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers of the Joint Maritime Commission (February 2014)

On January 27th, 2014

  Updating of the minimum monthly basic pay or wage figure for able seafarers: Seafarers’ Wages, Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Recommendation, 1996 (No. 187); Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, Guideline B2.2.4 – Minimum monthly basic pay or wage figure for able seafarers Type: Committee When: 26 - 27 February 2014 Where: Geneva,..

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Early Implementation of Recent Changes to the IMSBC Code in Australia and Brazil

On January 27th, 2014

  A new iron ore fines (IOF) Schedule to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code governing the carriage of IOF by sea, and an amended iron ore Schedule, were agreed at the IMO DSC 18 meeting in September 2013. In accordance with the recently issued IMO circular DSC.1/Circ.71, which contains these changes to..

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IMO's 'Polar Code' ignores environmental dangers

On January 27th, 2014

The new draft ‘Polar Code' of safety and environmental rules fails to address the looming danger of having non ice-strengthened and poorly prepared ships in supposedly ‘ice-free' polar waters, environmental organisations have warned. The final draft, drawn up by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), governs ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. Increased shipping activity..

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Maintenance, Inspection and Testing for Fire-Protection Systems onboard Maltese Flagged Vessels

On January 24th, 2014

ClassNK TEC-0980 ClassNK has issued Technical Information TEC - 0980 including a notice from Transport Malta on fire protection systems, appliances and compressed gas cylinders periodic maintenance, inspection and testing on board the Maltese flagged vessels. The requirements of portable fire extinguishers are amended in accordance with IMO MSC.1/ Circ.1432 and Resolution A.951(23). ClassNK confirms that..

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Panama Canal First Quarter Fiscal Year Results Register Record Tonnage

On January 23rd, 2014

A tonnage record of 87.7 million PC/UMS tons The Panama Canal registered a tonnage record of 87.7 million PC/UMS tons (Panama Canal Universal Measurement System) during the first quarter of the fiscal year (FY), a 4.8% increase from what was forecasted. "These results reaffirm Panama Canal's impact on international trade and its role of continuing..

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IMO Secretary-General's New Year Address

On January 21st, 2014

    IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and SDC Chairman (Image Credit: IMO)   Challenges and priorities of the Organization for this year IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization will face this year at the opening of the first sub-committee meeting of..

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IMO Secretary-General visits WMU

On January 21st, 2014

IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor, Mr. Koji  Sekimizu, visited WMU for a full itinerary of activities, accompanied by the Director of the Technical Co-operation Division, Mr. Nicolaos Charalambous, and the Senior Deputy Director, Ms. Pamela Tansey. The visit was hosted by WMU President Professor Björn Kjerfve, and Vice President Academic Professor Neil Bellefontaine. The Secretary-General..

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