2016 April

Korean Register releases 14th KR-CON

On April 14th, 2016

Korean Register (KR)  has announced the release of its latest KR-CON software. The essential software tool, now in its 14th edition includes a significantly enhanced and increasingly critical dangerous goods program. KR-CON offers a comprehensive electronic database of IMO (International Maritime Organisation) instruments, providing all of the latest IMO Conventions, Codes, Resolutions and Circulars. By..

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SOLAS Amendment to come into force on July

On April 14th, 2016

  UK P&I Club has issued a briefing to alert operator of the amendment to SOLAS Chapter VI Part A Reg.2 which comes into force on July 1st, 2016. The amendment requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass (‘VGM’). As from..

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New Guidance for Reducing Port State Detentions unveiled by ABS

On April 12th, 2016

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), has released an enhanced version of its Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detention. The new Guidance provides the most updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State Control laws in a mobile-friendly and interactive format. “ABS clients look to us to provide the most current information and advice..

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IMO Sub-Committee on Facilitation Outcome

On April 11th, 2016

The IMO Committee on Facilitation held its 40th Session (FAL 40) from Monday 4 through Friday 8 April 2016 under the Chairmanship of Mr Yury Melenas (Russian Federation) together with his Vice Chair, Mrs Marina Angsell (Sweden) both of whom were re-elected for 2017. Two Working Groups (WG) and one Drafting Group (DG) were formed..

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DMA: Maritime data now publicly available

On April 7th, 2016

Yesterday, parts of the Danish Maritime Authority’s maritime data were made available (in Danish) to the general public through the Authority’s webpage. It is the hope that the data sets made available will contribute to data-driven business development. In the future, a wide number of maritime data sets will be freely available to the general..

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New Zealand ratifies ILO Maritime Labour Convention

On April 7th, 2016

  New Zealand is the latest country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.  The ratification gives to New Zealand jurisdiction to inspect and verify that crews on ships carrying New Zealand goods are treated fairly, in accordance with internationally accepted standards. Also the ratification protects the reputation of New Zealand exports, given that more than 99 percent..

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Court rejects €1.56m claim against marine surveyor accused of poor stowage

On April 5th, 2016

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned that the wording of instructions can potentially widen the scope of liability for marine service providers, citing the recent case of a marine surveyor sued for €1.56m for alleged poor onboard stowage of a cargo. The marine surveyor in Germany was engaged by charterers to attend the loading..

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IMO to adopt mandatory e-data exchange

On April 5th, 2016

The Facilitation Committee, meeting this week (4-8 April), is expected to adopt mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers as part of a revised and modernized annex to the 1965 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL). Important proposed changes in the revised Annex include the introduction of..

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LR releases guidance note for drone inspections

On April 1st, 2016

Lloyd’s Register has issued a new guidance which supports industry in the safe and effective deployment of next generation drone and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology that can significantly improve productivity gains through reducing risk exposure, survey times and in-service inspection costs of offshore, marine and onshore infrastructure The first phase of its guidance notes..

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UK P&I Club identifies risk areas on board ships

On April 1st, 2016

UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention and PEME departments have identified all areas of major risks and compiled them together in a new brochure. These risks include enclosed spaces, master pilot exchange, moorings, loss of power, slips trips and falls as well as mental health. The brochure aims to identify potential hazards and provide recommendations on..

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