2016 September

USCG Drug & Alcohol Regulations: Pitfalls for Foreign and US Carriers

On September 30th, 2016

Lee Seham In the aftermath of a serious marine incident, Coast Guard regulations effectively reverse the presumption of innocence by creating a legal obligation for mariners to prove that they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the mishap.   Applicability of 46 CFR Part 4 to International Flag..

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IACS Chairman stresses technical leadership and innovation through continued cooperation.

On September 28th, 2016

The new IACS Chairman, Dr. Sun Licheng (also Chairman and President China Classification Society) has emphasized the need to strengthen relationships with regulators and industry to meet Goalbased Standards in tandem with enhancing IACS’ technical contribution and leadership in the global shipbuilding and shipping industry as goals of his tenure as Chairman of IACS. Having..

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ABS updates Ballast Water treatment guide for maritime industry

On September 27th, 2016

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has updated its ballast water treatment guide in order to help marine and offshore industries in adopting relevant solutions according to new regulatory and operational requirements. The updated ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment also aims to assist in the design and installation of International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new..

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CICs and Inspections of Cargo Securing Arrangements

On September 22nd, 2016

  Simultaneous concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) are being run by a number of port state control (PSC) MOU regions on cargo securing arrangements. A questionnaire is being used by PSC officers in conjunction with the CIC. Two questions in the questionnaire could result in detentions if the ‘no’ box is checked off.   Question 4..

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IMO – energy efficiency guides

On September 22nd, 2016

Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloMEEP Project, paving the way for further work in climate change mitigation by the maritime sector. The GloMEEP training..

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Getting to grips with lifeboats

On September 21st, 2016

The UK P&I Club  highlighted the potential dangers of lifeboat drills, following an incident during a lifeboat drill, which has left one crewmember dead, and four injured. A study in 2014 by a UK safety group using accumulated data over a ten-year period indicated that incidents involving lifeboats and their launching systems had caused nearly..

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Panama Joins Hong Kong Convention

On September 21st, 2016

IMO meets to discuss the London Protocol Sept. 19 (courtesy IMO) Panama has acceded to the IMO's Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, which guides ship design, operation and end-of-life management in order to reduce the environmental footprint and safety risks of shipbreaking. IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim accepted the accession from Panama's permanent representative..

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Hanjin Ordered to Sell Its Ships

On September 21st, 2016

Hanjin Shipping has to return chartered-in ships to owners and to sell as much of its own fleet as it can, a South Korean bankruptcy judge said Monday. Hanjin is still working on a restructuring plan, and it has already begun returning chartered vessels in an attempt to reduce its overhead; its charter fees amount to millions per..

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ITF welcomes Cambodia flag promise

On September 20th, 2016

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has given a guarded welcome to the Cambodian government’s pledge to turn its maritime flag into a genuine national ship register. ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith stated: “In May the government said it was abolishing the register entirely. Since then they have suggested they will decisively act to transform it..

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Panama Maritime Authority requires correction of deficiencies

On September 20th, 2016

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued circular aiming to require all Masters, Owners/Operators to report to Panama Flag State Section the corrections of deficiencies raised due to an Annual Safety Inspections within the next 30 days, as it is stated on the ASI Form. This procedure shall be included in the vessel’s ISM manual. The certification..

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