2016 July

ClassNK makes breakthrough finding for ULCV

On July 27th, 2016

ClassNK has announced that it has concluded that the minimum required brittle crack arrest toughness for extremely thick brittle crack arrest steel plates of 100mm used in ultra-large container ships is 8,000 N/mm3/2. The technical expertise is a world-first and is based on verification tests carried out as part of a joint R&D project in..

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ILO confirm MLC amendments re protection of seafarers

On July 26th, 2016

ILO member States have confirmed the amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention ensuring better protection to seafarers and their families in case of abandonment, death, and long-term disability. Two years after an overwhelming approval at the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC), it has been confirmed that the Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour..

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AMSA: Trends on PSC for 2015

On July 25th, 2016

AMSA has released its Annual Report on Port State Control for 2015. The changes to the shipping industry’s safety regulatory framework by the Navigation Act 2012 and the adoption of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 had their second full year in effect in 2015. In 2015, Australia’s response to ships and operators who perform poorly..

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NAPA chooses AutoCAD OEM

On July 21st, 2016

NAPA and Tech Soft 3D have announced that NAPA Drafting software has been developed using the AutoCAD OEM platform from Autodesk. This allows NAPA Drafting to deliver the market standard in 2D drawing functionality automatically from NAPA 3D databases, enhancing productivity for yards and speeding compliance processes. NAPA Drafting is also able to automatically generate..

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Japan Club: Condition Surveys overview during 2015

On July 20th, 2016

The Japan P&I Club has issued a special circular referring to the condition surveys carried out during 2015 with the aim to prevent various types of incidents by checking risk factors, regardless of the impact they may have, that could eventually lead to claims. During the survey, surveyors check items listed in the Condition Survey report..

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Sub-Committee on implementation meets

On July 19th, 2016

The Sub-Committee recently conducted the third session meeting on the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) which was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The agenda included the regular casualty analysis work to review marine safety investigation report and produce lessons learned from marine casualties; the review of port State control procedures and the updates to..

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ClassNK: Setting maritime standards for safer Big Data

On July 18th, 2016

The following article focuses on how ClassNK is supporting the maritime community at its transition into  a “Big Data” industry. The classification society provides platforms to reap the benefits, while at the same time protects data security. Big Data has been called “the oil of 21st century” to emphasize the wide spread of data flows brought about by..

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Portugal ratifies ILO MLC Convention

On July 14th, 2016

On 12 May 2016, the Government of Portugal deposited with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) . With the ratification of Portugal, 78th ILO member States have now committed themselves to the decent work standards of the Convention. As the fourth pillar of the..

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Best practice guide for cargo securing CIC

On July 13th, 2016

SAFETY4SEA recommends best practice guide for the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on Cargo Securing Arrangements which is scheduled from September 1st to November 30rd, 2016. The campaign will be conducted simultaneously with the Tokyo MoU,  the Black Sea MOU and the India Ocean MOU The purpose of this CIC is to verify that there is compliance with the procedures..

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LR defines ‘autonomy levels’ for ship design and operation

On July 12th, 2016

LR’s new guidance provides the route to classification with six levels for autonomous ships. With autonomous ships likely to enter service soon, LR has set out the ‘how’ of marine autonomous operations in a new ShipRight procedure guidance. The guidance describes autonomy levels (AL) ranging from ‘AL 1’ through to ‘AL 6’ denoting a fully autonomous..

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