2015 August

No need for additional draft restrictions at Panama Canal

On August 25th, 2015

Due to recent rainfall the Panama Canal watershed has experienced The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued an updated Advisory to Shipping to alert all Canal shipping agents, owners and operators that water conditions at this time do not warrant the need to institute a second draft restriction, which was tentatively scheduled for September 15,..

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TSCI obtained UN ECOSOC consultative status as a non-governmental organization.

On August 24th, 2015

International Association of Technical Survey an Classification Institutions (TSCI) obtained UN ECOSOC consultative status as a non-governmental organization. ICS Class is member of the International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institutions (TSCI) since May 20th 2015. About ECOSOC The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative..

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Cuban cruise King looks to his homeland

On August 23rd, 2015

Frank de el Río, the King of cruisers, did not have nor seven years when he left Cuba. It was shortly after failing the U.S. invasion at “Bahia de Cochinos”, in 1961. Never again to visit the island for political reasons. Their two children and four grandchildren is not known. Although it says that it..

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ClassNK releases Annual Report on Port State Control

On August 23rd, 2015

Deficiencies found on board ClassNK registered ships from many port states in 2014   ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board..

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Caribbean MoU launches CIC on Safety of Navigation and Hours of Rest

On August 23rd, 2015

Launch of CIC beginning 1 September 2015 on PSC The 17 Maritime Authorities of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) on Port State Control will launch its second Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose of ensuring compliance with Chapter V: Safety of Navigation, of the Annex to the International Convention for the Safety of..

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USCG issues AIS Encoding Guide

On August 14th, 2015

Assisting mariners in the proper entry of AIS data The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued an AIS Encoding Guide to assist mariners in the proper entry of AIS data. AIS is a valuable navigation safety radio communication tool. However, its usefulness is undermined by the broadcast of inaccurate, improper or outdated data. Mariners are reminded..

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LR issues new Guidance Notes on RIsk Based Inspection of hull structures

On August 14th, 2015

Focusing inspection and resource on critical risk elements Lloyd's Register (LR) released Guidance Notes on Risk Based Inspection for Classification and Hull Integrity Management, providing a unique, flexible approach to help operators mitigate risk and unplanned downtime. This guidance note provides operators of floating units, such as FPSO and FLNG units, with information on how..

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Lessons learned: Unintentional CO2 release

On August 14th, 2015

The Nautical Institute has issued a Mars Report as follows: On a towboat, a vessel crew member intended to test the emergency fuel oil shut-off cables. He opened the panel door that contained both the emergency fuel oil shut-off and the CO2 release handles. He activated what he thought was the fuel oil shut-off but..

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Evergreen orders ten 2,800 TEU class vessels

On August 14th, 2015

Evergreen Group signed an agreement with CSBC Corporation Signing representatives and witnesses posed for a photo in the newbuilding signing ceremony. Evergreen Group signed an agreement with CSBC Corporation, Taiwan to build ten 2,800 TEU class B-type vessels. The first ship is planned to be delivered during the second half of 2017 with the completion..

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The American Club issues regulatory compliance guide for China

On August 14th, 2015

Summaries of key regulations included The American Club issued a guide entitled "Welcome to Greater China! A Shipowner's Guide to Regulatory Compliance", highlighting key regulations of which shipowners should be aware when trading to and from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The guide focuses on issues of safety, maritime security and marine..

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