2016 December

Entry into force of the Polar Code

On December 21st, 2016

The IMO International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) applies to all ships when operating in polar waters. The Polar Code enters into force on 1 January 2017. As the Code includes additional requirements to both SOLAS and MARPOL, the application requirements for different parts of the Code differ. The safety part..

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The Liberian Registry

On December 19th, 2016

The Liberian Registry has said that, in today’s challenging shipping markets, flag states must be proactive in the best interests of shipowners, operators and managers, rather than simply fulfilling their traditional role as certification bodies. Alfonso Castillero, Vice-President of the Liberian Registry, told a recent Liberian Port State Control seminar in Tokyo, “In the current..

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Neopanamax transit

On December 19th, 2016

Less than six months after the inauguration of the Expanded Panama Canal, the waterway welcomed its 500th transit of a Neopanamax ship on Wednesday, highlighting the trust that Canal customers have placed in the route. Performing the 500th transit was the container vessel YM Unity, which first began its passage through the Cocoli Locks in..

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IMO clarifies transitional arrangements for STCW Manila 2010

On December 19th, 2016

Latest IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 97th Session held late November addressing STCW deadline problems. The MSC 97 noted that the transitional arrangements for implementation of the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code end on 1 January 2017. However, there was concern that some Parties may not be in a position to issue STCW certificates..

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IMO and ship survey body strengthen cooperation

On December 9th, 2016

On December 7, IMO signed an agreement with the technical body whose members undertake ship survey and certification duties on behalf of IMO Member States. Under the terms of the agreement, IMO and IACS will exchange technical information on a regular basis and strengthen existing lines of dialogue between the two organizations. The International Association..

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IMO MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE, 70th Session 24 – 28 October 2016

On December 7th, 2016

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 70th Session from Monday 24 through Friday 28 October 2016 under the chairmanship of Mr Arsenio Domingues (PANAMA) and his Vice Chair, Mr H Saito (JAPAN), both of whom were re-elected for 2017.  Two Working Groups (WG), one Drafting Group (DG), one Review Group (RG) and a..

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U.S. Type-Approves First Ballast Water Treatment System

On December 7th, 2016

By MarEx 2016-12-02 15:26:08 One of the main stumbling blocks for the successful implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention is retreating now that the U.S. Coast Guard has issued its first type approval certificate for a ballast water treatment system. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Norway’s Optimarin..

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LR’s emergency response service boosted by Seasafe acquisition

On December 7th, 2016

An unexpected incident, such as a grounding, a collision or an explosion, can result in complex technical challenges, all requiring a fast and effective response. Therefore, LR has added to its portfolio of advanced data, digital and software solutions with the acquisition of Seasafe Marine Software & Computation (Seasafe). LR’s ship emergency response service (SERS),..

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