2014 March

RINA strengthens cooperation with the HSSA

On March 21st, 2014

RINA Services and the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association (HSSA) have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen their relationships in the fields of ship classification, safety, environmental protection awareness and training of personnel. Charalampos Simantonis, Chairman of the HSSA, says, “The Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association is aiming to increase the quality of services provided and the..

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ICS says: IMO Should Focus on Developing Global CO2 Reporting System Before Looking at Ship Indexing

On March 21st, 2014

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on 31 March, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships.  This is supported by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which has made a detailed submission on the issue to the MEPC..

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First meeting of the ILO MLC Committee

On March 20th, 2014

Meeting will take place from 7 to 11 April, 2014 The first meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee established by the Governing Body in accordance with Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) will take place at the ILO in Geneva from 7 to 11 April, 2014. In accordance with Article XIII of..

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KR launches hull structure analysis software in accordance with CSR-H

On March 20th, 2014

The Korean Register (KR) - an IACS member classification society - announces the release of SeaTrust-HullScan, its ground-breaking software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel's hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H). SeaTrust-HullScan is a brand new ship design support program that enables ship designers and ship builders to..

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Penny Mae receives her MLC 2006 Certificate

On March 20th, 2014

  The captain of superyacht Penny Mae tells us that the yacht has recently been audited and has received her MLC 2006 Certificate, and in doing so has become one of the first Marshall Islands flagged yacht under 500 ton to become certified.   Captain Mike O'Neill says: "All commercial ships and charter yachts are now..

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DNV-GL reduces the impact of variations in ship construction

On March 20th, 2014

  DNV-GL has launched a new service named Build2Design to help shipyards and shipowners improve the fuel economy of their ships by reducing variations in their building process. Significant improvements have been achieved in the design of more fuel-efficient ships in recent years. The performance of these Eco-Ship designs has been documented by both Computational..

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EU supports maritime administrations in Western and Central Africa – Funding with a €1.2 million grant contract

On March 18th, 2014

The European Union is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central Africa, with a view to upgrading the region's maritime administrations and preparing..

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ABS Releases Report on LNG Bunkering Regulations

On March 18th, 2014

ABS released a report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America. The objective of the report is to provide guidance to potential owners and operators of gas-fueled vessels, as well as LNG bunkering vessels and facilities, to help them obtain regulatory approval for projects. "As the potential for LNG fueled vessels in North..

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Update: Adjustment to BWM Convention implementation Schedule

On March 17th, 2014

                The International Maritime Organization's governing body, the Assembly, recently adopted Resolution A.1088(22) which adjusts the implementation schedule for the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.   The major changes are that: all ships that are in service and under construction at the time that the Convention enters into force are..

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IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment Outcome – 1st Session, 10- 14 March 2014

On March 17th, 2014

The IMO's Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 1st session (SSE 1) from Monday 10 through Friday 14 March 2014 under the chairmanship of Dr S Ota (JAPAN) and his Vice-Chair, Mr K Hunter (UK);  both were subsequently re-elected for 2015.  This Sub-Committee, acronym SSE, has assumed responsibility for many matters formerly dealt with by..

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