2015 November

Chairman’s Message – Celebrating Tenth Anniversary

On November 24th, 2015

NTERMARITIME Certification Services (ICS Class) was officially established on November 25th, 2005 by Eng. Santiago Torrijos together with a group of experienced collaborators creating a leading class organization. ICS Class, is a Recognized Organization (RO), Recognized Security Organization (RSO) and Classification Society (CS) authorized to offering statutory/class certification and services on behalf of flag states..

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IMO Assembly opens for 29th session

On November 24th, 2015

The 29th session of the IMO Assembly opened this morning (23 November) at IMO Headquarters in London. More than 1,000 delegates from IMO Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organizations were present to hear Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu outline some of the Organization's major achievements during 2014 and 2015 in his opening address. He singled out..

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BV completed the renewal audit supervision to ICS

On November 23rd, 2015

Bureau Veritas (BV) already completed the renewal audit supervision to ICS Class-Head Office during November 18th-19th, 2015. In this time the renewal audit was focused on the following regulations established by the Code for Recognized Organizations (RO Code): General requirements for recognized organizations Management and organization Resources Statutory certification and services process Quality management system..

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Changes of Amendment 03-15 to the IMSBC Code

On November 20th, 2015

The IMSBC Code is subject to updates every two years to reflect changes in the nature and variety of solid bulk cargoes presented for shipment, and advances in expert understanding regarding the safest ways to carry established solid bulk cargoes. In June 2015 IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted Resolution MSC.393(95) specifying forthcoming amendments to the..

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DNV GL issues guidance on offshore structures

On November 20th, 2015

DNVGL says that the guidance will save operational costs by using a risk-based approach to identify the ‘hot spots’ requiring inspection. The cost of inspections of marine structures such as jackets, semi-submersibles and floating production vessels can put a strain on already challenged operational budgets, driving the need to develop inspection programs only addressing critical areas...

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IRClass releases new software for Common Structural Rules

On November 20th, 2015

The Common Structural Rules applies to all relevant vessels contracted for construction on or after 1st July 2015. The IR-CSR software has been designed to analyse ships for prescriptive, direct strength and fatigue requirements complying with IACS rules. The Finite Element Analysis in IR-CSR is based on PATRAN/NASTRAN, one of the most commonly used platforms..

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New UK Insurance Act enters into force on August 2016

On November 20th, 2015

The new Act will change English insurance contract law currently codified in the Marine Insurance Act 1906 (“MIA 1906”).  When being drafted it was recognised that the new Act might not be required in sophisticated markets, with the marine insurance sector named as one such market.  Rather, it was anticipated that some insurers would contract..

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Participation of ICS Class at the 13th meeting of the TSCI R&D Group (Moscow November 24-26, 2015)

On November 19th, 2015

The thirteenth meeting of the Research & Development Working Group (R&D Working Group) of members of the International Association of Technical Survey & Classification Institutions (TSCI) will be held in Moscow from November 24 to 26, 2015 with the participation of ICS Class. The proposed agenda for this meeting is detailed as follows: Opening meeting and..

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Black Sea MOU is launching a new ship inspection regime as of January 1st 2016

On November 17th, 2015

At the 16th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in Batumi, Georgia, April 2015, the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MOU) decided to introduce a New Inspection Regime for selection of ships from 1st January 2016 to harmonize further its risk based targeting and inspection system..

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The People’s Republic of China ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

On November 16th, 2015

On 12 November 2015, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China deposited with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) . China is the 68th ILO member State to have ratified this landmark Convention. As the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime, complementing..

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