2015 January

ECDIS Phase in for Oil Tankers above 30000 GT

On January 29th, 2015

Installation and use of ECDIS on board is no longer an option In order to enchase the navigational safety on board vessels IMO with the MSC 282(86) has adopted the installation and use of ECDIS on board (no longer an option). IMO requires that tankers, constructed before 1 July 2012, engaged on international voyages shall..

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Amendments to the BCH Code and the IBC Code

On January 26th, 2015

The amendments are expected to be entered into force on 1 January 2016 IMO MEPC 66 adopted, by resolutions MEPC.249(66) and MEPC.250(66), the amendments to the BCH Code and IBC Code respectively. The two amendments are expected to be entered into force on 1 January 2016. The amendments to the BCH Code require all ships,..

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First gate installed in Pacific new locks for Panama Canal

On January 21st, 2015

Canal expansion is currently 85% complete Carried to its final destination on self-propelled motorized wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400 wheels each, the first gate for the new locks in the Pacific side was installed, marking another important milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program. Overall, the Canal expansion is currently 85 percent complete...

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Regulatory changes due to US embargo on Cuba

On January 21st, 2015

American P&I Club informs about prohibitions and exceptions The United States has modified the regulations governing the US embargo on Cuba. These result from policy changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014. The regulatory amendments in question facilitate travel to Cuba for authorized purposes, facilitate the provision by travel agents and airlines of..

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SOLAS – Mandatory Enclosed Space Entry and Rescue Drills (Reminder)

On January 21st, 2015

In May 2013 the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to SOLAS Regulation III/19 which added a new requirement for mandatory enclosed space entry and rescue drills. From 1 January 2015 all persons involved in enclosed space entries, and / or assigned enclosed space rescue duties, will be required..

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ISPS Code: The Security Decade (2004-2014)

On January 21st, 2015

The Skuld P&I Club has posted on its website an article referring to ISPS Code which first came into force in 2004. This article examines how ISPS Code has affected maritime security during the last decade. A failure to comply with the ISPS Code can have a severe impact on the safety of the crew, a..

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IMO issues its report on Administrative Requirements

On January 15th, 2015

Reduction of administrative burdens in maritime regulations IMO has published a report containing the main findings and conclusions of the public consultation undertaken by the IMO on the reduction of administrative burdens in maritime regulations. In order to encourage the widest possible participation by everyone with an interest in or relevant knowledge of or work..

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Dr. Doumbia-Henry appointed new WMU President

On January 14th, 2015

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) have announced the appointment of a new President to head the University. Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, who has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality, is currently Director of the International Labour Standards Department, of the International Labour Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO).  She is..

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Maersk Highlights of 2014

On January 13th, 2015

2014 was a busy and productive year for Maersk. In the infographic below, Maersk presents some of the highlights during 2014: Highlights A new business area: APM Shipping Services First oil from Golden Eagle The Panama Canal 100 year anniversary Maersk Line nominated as the ''Sustainable Ship Operator of the Year" SVITZER takes a shipshape..

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Cruise ship passenger drill requirements come into force on 1 January 2015

On January 12th, 2015

New requirements for musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure come into force on 1 January 2015.   Further SOLAS amendments entering into force address enclosed-space entry and rescue drills and the code for recognized organizations. Passenger muster  The amended regulation III/19 in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at..

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