2015 December

Additional requirements for vehicle carriers carrying gas-fuelled motor vehicles

On December 30th, 2015

ClassNK has issued Technical Information TEC-1061 to inform about additional requirements of portable gas detectors for existing vehicle carriers carrying motor vehicles with compressed hydrogen or natural gas in their tanks as fuel. Resolution MSC.365 (93) was adopted in ninety-third session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 93) held on May 2014, and requirements for vehicle carriers..

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ClassNK releases amendments to Class Rules and Guides

On December 30th, 2015

On December 25, ClassNK has released amendments to a series of Rules and Guides, such as the Guidance for the Classification and Registry of Ships and Rules for Approval of Manufacturers and Service Suppliers. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life..

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ABS releases new guidance for certifying lifting appliances

On December 30th, 2015

ABS has published a new edition of the ABS Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances that includes construction and operation of modern lifting appliances. The revised ABS Lifting Appliance Guide provides the marine and offshore industry with a clear and precise set of requirements that fully address the existing and new technologies. The input from..

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UK P&I Club issues bulletin re discharging bulk grain in China

On December 29th, 2015

The UK P&I Club has issued Bulletin 1072 regarding discharging bulk grain and ore cargoes in Guangdong Province (mainly Nansha, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Yangjiang, Zhanjiang), China. According to the Club’s correspondents based in China, there has been a noticeable increase in the shortage claims at ports in the Guangdong Province. Local Receivers have been adopting an..

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Mandatory audits and other amendments enter into force on 1 January 2016

On December 23rd, 2015

A number of important amendments to IMO treaties enter into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme. Other amendments entering into force include SOLAS amendments to require inert gas systems on board new oil and chemical tankers of 8,000 dwt..

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More countries ratify the ILO Maritime Labour Convention

On December 22nd, 2015

Romania and Mongolia are the latest countries to ratify the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Currently, 70 countries in total have ratified this Landmark Convention. On 1 September 2015, the Government of Mongolia deposited with the ILO, MLC 2006 . Mongolia, the 69th ILO member State to ratify the Convention, joins the global efforts to ensure comprehensive worldwide..

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UK MCA advises on automatic water mist sprinkler systems

On December 22nd, 2015

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a Safety Bulletin  advising owners and operators of automatic water mist sprinkler systems to consult with their original equipment manufacturer to ensure compliance with the applicable IMO revised guidelines. In recent years there have been several publicised failings of automatic water mist sprinkler systems identified during routine testing...

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ClassNK releases developments for 2015 in annual Technical Bulletin

On December 22nd, 2015

ClassNK has released a summary of the latest industry developments in its annual Technical Bulletin (Vol. 33, 2015). This year’s edition covers a wide variety of topics including marine energy usage, research on fatigue strength and R&D project outcomes. The opening paper explores the possibilities and challenges of tidal power, offshore wind power, and wave..

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Hong Kong address PSC procedures

On December 22nd, 2015

The Hong Kong Marine Department has issued shipping information note to remind shipowners, ship managers and ship masters of their responsibilities to ensure their ships are properly maintained and of the procedures to follow when deficiencies are found or when the ship is detained during a PSC inspection. Background of PSC The impact of Port State..

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Black Sea MOU – New Inspection Regime

On December 21st, 2015

  Quality ship operations will be rewarded with a reduced inspection burden when the Black Sea MOU launches its new inspection regime on 1 January 2016. The Black Sea (BS) MOU had announced that their new inspection regime, BS-IR (2016), will be in force from 1 January 2016. The new regime will apply a risk-based..

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