2016 January

USCG makes decision on use of MPN method for ballast water management systems

On January 25th, 2016

The USCG has declined the use of the MPN method for evaluating the biological efficacy of UV-based treatment technologies for ballast water. As a consequence, DNV GL foresees a delay when the USCG will conclude on the first type approval of any BWM system. On 14 December 2015, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) declined..

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Bahamas to introduce new Inspection Reporting System

On January 25th, 2016

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has developed a new inspection reporting system that is currently undergoing live testing. The new inspection reporting system has been developed with an aim to reduce the administrative burden of the current system and fully integrate inspection reporting with the Bahamas Online Registration and Information System (BORIS). From the perspective of the..

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FAQ about the MLC, 2006

On January 25th, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 Fourth edition, 2015 Type: Publication Date issued: 14 January 2016 Reference: 978-92-2-129758-1 [ISBN] Authors: International Labour Standards Department Format available: 92 p Download: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006‎pdf - 1.1 MB‎   The FAQ is intended to help persons engaged..

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Publication of ECDIS revised standards

On January 19th, 2016

The standards for ECDIS have been revised by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and published as IEC 61174:2015: Maritime Navigation and Radiocommunication Equipment and Systems – Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) – Operational and Performance Requirements, Methods of Testing and Required Test Results. Compliance with International Hydrographic Office (IHO) standards Note that IEC..

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IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction meets this week

On January 19th, 2016

Defining “industrial personnel”, such as workers transported on offshore service vessels, is among the topics on the agenda of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) which is being held from 18-22 January, in London. People travelling on these vessels are likely to have had specific training and abilities and may differ from ordinary..

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IMO ballast water convention will not come into force in 2016

On January 19th, 2016

After nearly two months of uncertainty it is now clear the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will not be coming into force in 2016. The convention requires for ratification by states controlling a combined 35% of the global fleet by tonnage, however, it has now been found that despite Morocco, Indonesia and Ghana ratifying..

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USCG: Top 5 PSC Detention Deficiency Areas in 2015

On January 13th, 2016

The USCG addresses the top five deficiency areas that U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) find on foreign vessels and that have led to detentions in 2015. No.1 Maintenance of Ship and Equipment – ISM Code Numerous minor deficiencies may lead to expanded Coast Guard PSC exams. Within the expanded exam, there is..

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New IMO Sec-Gen highlights key issues of his agenda

On January 12th, 2016

Kitack Lim was elected Secretary-General of the Organization by the 114th session of the IMO Council in June 2015 for a four-year period beginning 1 January 2016. The election was endorsed by the IMO’s Assembly at its 29th session in November 2015. Mr. Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea) is the eighth elected Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization​...

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Beware possible bauxite liquefaction

On January 11th, 2016

New Mars Report by The Nautical Institute refers to an incident involving bauxite liquefaction and cautions always to have the cargo tested for moisture content and to not transport it if moisture is above the transportable moisture limit. A bulk carrier was in port to load ‘raw, unwashed’ bauxite. Over the course of 13 days, loading took place intermittently..

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LR launches new certification framework

On January 11th, 2016

LR has announced a new global certification framework which will help manufacturers and end users of equipment achieve ‘best practice’ in additive manufacturing and a route to certification. Accelerating the use of certified products made by additive manufacturing (AM) techniques at a time of low oil prices will help onshore and offshore companies gain commercial advantage through..

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