2016 August

ABS makes it safer to ‘Walk to Work’

On August 29th, 2016

ABS has announced the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers. “As advanced crew transfer options become the norm in the offshore oil and gas industry, more and more companies want to benefit from W2W..

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USCG warns how to avoid auto-pilot induced casualties

On August 19th, 2016

USCG has issued a safety alert to address the safe navigation of vessels with auto-pilot engaged. Auto-pilot systems can reduce the monotony of steering by freeing up the helmsman to step away from the helm in order to perform other minor pilot house tasks and gain different navigational viewpoints. There are also disadvantages that have the potential..

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Panama Canal celebrates 102nd anniversary

On August 18th, 2016

The Panama Canal celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its 100th transit through the Expanded waterway on August 15th. The two milestones punctuate a year for the Canal which has already been marked by a number of notable achievements. Less than two months..

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New EQUASIS MoU signed

On August 17th, 2016

EMSA informs that the Equasis Memorandum of Understanding has been extended to cover environmental data on individual ships and operators at a signing ceremony held at IMO on 6 July which marked the 15 years of promoting ship safety and quality. All IMO member states, Equasis data providers and the nine contributing maritime authorities attended..

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EMSA issues review on Seafarer Statistics

On August 17th, 2016

EMSA has conducted a statistical review providing a snapshot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2014.The review is based on data registered by EU member states and recorded in EMSA’s STCW Information System (STCW IS). The data shows that 161 419 masters and officers..

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Riyadh MOU announced C.I.C on Pilot Transfer Arrangements

On August 16th, 2016

Riyadh MOU has announced it will be launching a concentrated inspection campaign (C.I.C) on pilot transfer arrangements, to run from 1-September-2016, to 30-November- 2016. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that ships comply with the requirements for pilot transfer arrangements detailed in the Annex to IMO Resolution A.1045(27); for example, the condition of..

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Algeria ratifies the MLC

On August 12th, 2016

Algeria has become the 79th state to ratify the the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), which sets out minimum international standards for the working and living conditions of seafarers on board ships. Algeria is estimated to supply 1,137 of the world’s seafarers, and it has a merchant fleet of 138 ships..

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Panama Maritime Authority reissues Minimum Safe Manning Certificates

On August 11th, 2016

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued Merchant Marine Circular on the principles of Minimum Safe Manning Certificate of a ship due to STCW amendments. Specifically, this Merchant Marine Circular supersedes MMC. No. 21, 43, 65 and 73. Taking into account the great volume of Minimum Safe Manning Certificates that are going to be re-issued, Panama Canal Authority strongly..

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IRClass receives recognition from European Union 10 August 2016

On August 10th, 2016

The European Commission has adopted a decision granting recognition to the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 391/2009 of the European Parliament. With this, IRClass joins the elite group of classification societies recognized by the EU. This recognition confirms IRClass as meeting the stringent EU requirements and having a performant..

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Hong Kong promulgates MSC resolutions and SOLAS amendments

On August 9th, 2016

The Hong Kong Shipping Registry has issued Shipping Information Note with the purpose to promulgate IMO MSC resolutions and to advise the parties concerned of the new chapter XIV, the amendments to chapters II-1, II-2 and Appendix of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 and its Protocol 1978 and Protocol 1988 which will enter into..

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