2015 February

IMO and WCO meet on facilitation and e-business

On February 25th, 2015

  IMO's Julian Abril and Alper Keceli have attended a bilateral meeting with the World Customs Organisation (WCO), in Brussels (24 February). During the meeting both Organizations shared their experiences on implementation of national single window systems and were updated on IMO's maritime single window prototype project. The meeting also discussed the regular updating of..

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ISM Compliance for Tanker Vessels

On February 25th, 2015

The Skuld P&I Club has issued a loss prevention bulletin on the ISM Code and its compliance for tanker vessels. The International Safety Management Code comes with a mandatory compliance requirement by virtue of its adoption in to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Chapter IX, and has come in to force since 1st July..

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ILO’s first comments on MLC implementation

On February 24th, 2015

Formulating comments on the application of the MLC by member States    For the first time this year, the CEACR has reviewed a number of first reports from ILO member States that have ratified the MLC and has formulated comments on the application of the MLC by these member States. The ILO Committee of Experts..

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IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction Outcome

On February 24th, 2015

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction held its 2nd session (SDC2) from Monday 16 through Friday 20 February 2015 under the Chairmanship of Mrs A Jost (GERMANY) and her Vice-Chair, Captain N Campbell (SOUTH AFRICA). Both subsequently declined re-election for 2016 following which Mr Kevin Hunter (UK) was voted in as Chairman and Mrs..

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Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) advises on IACS Harmonized CSR

On February 20th, 2015

Harmonized CSR for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers enforcement effective July 1st, 2015 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has advised of harmonized CSR for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers enforcement on 1 July 2015, which will supersede the current Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers and Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers (Part..

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ISO 9001:2015: Preparing for the Change; By Gurdeep Mahal

On February 20th, 2015

ISO 9001:2015 FAQ's help make the world a safer and more efficient place and help tackle a myriad of societal issues. They also touch almost everything we do. Thesparked interest in the new ISO 9001:2015 revision is significant, given that the draft has notable changes vs. the current 2008 version. The task of understanding the..

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Frequently Asked Questions on ISO 9001:2015

On February 20th, 2015

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is at work on a major revision to its standard ISO 9001; an internationally-recognized standard that outlines the principles for quality management systems. The revision, the first major rewrite since 2000 (a 2008 update included no changes to the technical requirements), is currently scheduled for publication in September 2015, and..

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IACS releases updated Blue Book

On February 20th, 2015

The International Association of Classification Societies is pleased to announce the release of the IACS Blue Book, Version January 2015. The Blue Book is an electronic library of technical resolutions (both past and present) adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and provides an example of how the aims and objectives of..

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ClassNK begins joint research on brittle crack arrest design

On February 19th, 2015

Brittle crack arrest steel on the upper deck and hatch side coaming Need for rule updates in the face of growing container ships ClassNK has announced it will carry out a joint research project aimed at improving safety standards for ultra-large container ships.  As container ships increase in size, so too does the thickness of..

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ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

On February 12th, 2015

A number of smaller flag states still have considerable work to do The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe remarked "The very largest flag states, such as the Bahamas, Liberia and the Marshall Islands, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, Cyprus..

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