2015 July

UK MAIB issues Annual Report 2014

On July 27th, 2015

1270 accidents were reported to MAIB in 2014 (Image Credit: US Coast Guard) UK MAIB issued its Annual Report highlighting the work of the branch during 2014. In 2014 1270 accidents (casualties and incidents) were reported to MAIB, these involved 1470 vessels. 33 of these accidents involved only non-commercial vessels, 424 were occupational accidents that..

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RS Rules recommended as compliant with IMO GBS

On July 23rd, 2015

Bringing the Rules in compliance with GBS   In July 2015, RS received the final report of Goal-Based Standards verification audit which contained the recommendation to IMO to confirm the compliance of RS rules with IMO Goal-Based Standards (GBS). According to the SOLAS Chapter II-1 Regulation 3-10, oil tankers and bulk carriers above 150 m..

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Economic Incentives for Panamanian Vessels

On July 23rd, 2015

Discounts applicable until the end of 2015 Panama Maritime Authority has issued Merchant Marine Circular to inform all users about discounts applicable to vessels and MODU's to be registered in the National Merchant Marine, until 31 December, 2015. For better reference, please find below a description of these discounts duly summarized by charts according to..

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China MSA announces Ship Routing System and Ship Reporting System at Xiamen Port

On July 21st, 2015

New ship routing and ship reporting measures at Xiamen port have been introduced by the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) effective from July 1st, 2015 In order to regulate navigation order, promote traffic efficiency and ensure navigation safety in Xiamen water area, China MSA has recently issued an announcement on implementation of Ship Routing System..

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Stowaways and Crimes aboard a scofflaw ship

On July 20th, 2015

  CHIOS, Greece — The rickety raft made of empty oil drums and a wooden tabletop rolled and pitched with the waves while tied to the side of the Dona Liberta, a 370-foot cargo ship anchored far from land in the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa. “Go down!” yelled a knife-wielding crew member, forcing two..

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Enclosed Space Entry requirements

On July 20th, 2015

From 1 January 2015, crew is required to take part in enclosed space entry and rescue drills 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..

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NBKB surveys for inland vessels

On July 20th, 2015

Netherlands has the largest inland fleet of Western Europe Jaco Osseweijer of Verweij & Hoebee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is an expert on inland navigation vessels. As Chairman of the technical committee of the Netherlands Bureau for Inspections of inland navigation vessels (NBKB) he is involved in the mandatory inspection regime for these vessels and..

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Seafarers’ labour rights endorsed by EU

On July 20th, 2015

EP's Plenary session adopts agreement reached in trialogue with the Council of EU Yesterday, the European Parliament's Plenary session adopted the agreement reached in trialogue with the Council of the EU last May, on the European Commission´s proposal for a Directive on seafarers. This adoption marks the end of a very long process, which started some..

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Guidelines for the provision of food and fresh water

On July 17th, 2015

For seagoing non-MLC Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency has issued a Marine Guidance Note to provide practical advice on the provision of food and water for seagoing non-Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) Merchant Ships and on Fishing Vessels. Non-Maritime Labour Convention Merchant Ships and all Fishing Vessels should provide free of..

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Survey on women seafarers’ health reveals need for sanitary products on board

On July 17th, 2015

Survey conducted by IMHA, ISWAN, ITF & SHS A health survey of nearly 600 women seafarers conducted by IMHA, ISWAN, ITF & SHS has highlighted a continued issue with access to sanitary bins on board. This was documented as a serious concern for women seafarers over ten years ago by the International Labour Organization (ILO,2003)..

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