2016 June

ABS issues guide for enhanced cargo tank cleaning

On June 30th, 2016

ABS has published its guide for enhanced cargo tank cleaning applicable for vessels intended to carry oil in bulk and vessels intended to carry chemical cargo in bulk. Specifically, this Guide sets forth requirements for the optional notation ECTC (Enhanced Cargo Tank Cleaning).  These cargo tank cleaning systems use permanently-installed and portable tank cleaning machines to..

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NYK vessel first to make transit through Panama Canal

On June 30th, 2016

On June 27, the expanded Panama Canal opened for commercial transit, and Lycaste Peace, a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier operated by NYK, was the first vessel to complete a commercial passage through the new locks. On June 26, the Panama Canal Authority held an inauguration ceremony for the expanded canal. The maximum..

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Best Practice Guide on MLC CIC

On June 30th, 2016

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) came into force in 20 August 2013 and is a “relevant instrument” in the Paris MoU. Following the entry in force of this new Convention, the Paris MoU Committee agreed at its 48th session meeting to organize a CIC for 2016 which is scheduled from September to November this year, to verify the..

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MPA informs on the Merchant Shipping Regulations entering into force

On June 30th, 2016

MPA Singapore has issued shipping circular in order to inform the shipping community of the entering into force of the Merchant Shipping (Safety Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at its ninety-fourth session, had adopted amendments to SOLAS74, as amended, by resolution MSC.380(94).One of the key amendments relates..

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Maersk Line welcomes the expanded Panama Canal

On June 30th, 2016

  Maersk Line welcomes the expansion of the Panama Canal and the advantages it entails for global trade. In 2016, Maersk Line is expecting to perform more than 400 vessel transits through the Canal whilst carrying more than 400,000 containers, increasing use of the Panama Canal. The extension of the Panama Canal will double the waterway’s..

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IG Clubs update on MLC

On June 30th, 2016

IG Clubs update on MLC The MLC entered into force on 20 August 2013. In April 2014, ILO agreed several amendments to the MLC to address abandonment of seafarers and crew claims effective from January 18th, 2017. All International Group of P&I Club have issued circular to announce their proposal for a sustainable financial security solution. Ships..

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RS rules conform to the IMO goal-based standards

On June 30th, 2016

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at its 96th session held in London on 11 to 20 May 2016 confirmed that the rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the IMO goal-based standards (GBS). The amendments in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea..

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Statutory IMO and ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018

On June 22nd, 2016

Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO/ ILO can be a challenge. DNVGL has provided a summary of the most important IMO/ ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018 inclusive to help Owners/Managers with implementation. This information is recommended for Technical, Safety, Quality and Operation departments of shipping..

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IACS Chairman drives industry safety improvements

On June 21st, 2016

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki concludes his term as Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies Ltd. (IACS) encouraging the organization to continue setting high standards for performance and raising the bar of excellence. “We set a clear and aggressive agenda for my term as Chairman, and I am very proud..

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ABS authorized for maritime labor inspection in Japan

On June 16th, 2016

ABS was selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as a Recognized Organization for maritime labor inspection. Maritime Labor Convention comprises sixteen articles, containing general provisions, which consists of five Titles that outline specific provisions grouped by standard. They include minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship; conditions..

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