2017 April

Troublesome paper certificates and why the maritime industry must embrace e-Certificates

On April 26th, 2017

  As a result of ongoing commercial challenges and regulatory changes in the maritime industry, maritime organisations are undergoing many radical strategic and business model changes, including the drive to modernise outdated business processes. One of the prominent approaches for driving efficiencies, reducing costs and gaining competitive advantages has been through technological innovation. An existing..

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USCG advises shippers on anti-terrorism measures

On April 20th, 2017

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) has mandated that the US Coast Guard evaluate the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports and provides for the imposition of conditions of entry on vessels arriving to the United States from countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures. The Coast Guard has determined that..

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Seafarers’ payment during piracy discussed at ILO meetings

On April 20th, 2017

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) actively participated, on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group, in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC), established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Working Group’s meeting took place in Geneva,..

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USCG’s PSC 2016 Annual Report shows drop in detentions

On April 20th, 2017

The US Coast Guard’s Port State Control 2016 Annual Report has been released by the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Division of the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, mentioning a decrease in detentions from 202 to 103, its lowest through the last five years. The foresaid report provides key statistics related to the enforcement of regulations under..

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World’s largest containership brought into service

On April 20th, 2017

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the MOL Triumph, the world’s largest containership with a carrying capacity of 20,170 TEU, successfully arrived at Yangshan Port in Shanghai on April 10, 2017. MOL took delivery of MOL Triumph, the first of six 20,000 TEU-class containerships from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. on March 27. The ship’s..

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IMO FAL41 Outcome

On April 20th, 2017

The IMO Facilitation Committee held its 42st Session (FAL 41), from Tuesday 4 through Friday 7 April 2017. Mr Y Melanas (RUSSIAN FEDERATION) chaired the meeting together with his Vice Chair, Mrs M Angsell (SWEDEN), both of whom were subsequently re-elected for 2018. Two Working Groups (WG) were formed and chaired as follows: WG1 –..

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ABS: How to qualify new technologies

On April 7th, 2017

ABS has issued Guidance Note to describe the ABS approach for qualification of new technologies in order to confirm their ability to perform intended functions in accordance with defined performance requirements. They also provide details of the required submittals, the ABS review process and the key interaction points with ABS during the new technology development...

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New inspection regime for Isle of Man Ship Registry

On April 4th, 2017

The Isle of Man Ship Registry announced that is plotting a new course, with an overhaul of its ship inspection regime. Since its inception, the Registry has dispatched its own surveyors to conduct inspections on more than 400 vessels in the Manx-flagged fleet. However, the fleet has grown in size and scope, and coverage in limited time windows has become more difficult. From 1..

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Inspection reported three ship detentions in IOMOU region

On April 4th, 2017

Indian Port State Control presented the preliminary results of the concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on cargo securing arrangements, during which three ships were detained in the Indian Ocean MOU region. The campaign was carried out in the Indian Ocean MOU region between 1st September 2016 and 30th November 2016 and was conducted in conjunction with the..

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Indian MoU issues Annual Report for 2016

On April 3rd, 2017

The Indian MOU has issued its Annual Report on the Port State Control in the Indian Ocean region (IOMOU) for 2016. The port State control system aims to verify whether foreign flagged vessels calling at a port of a State, comply with applicable International Maritime Conventions. Each Authority ensures that foreign merchant ships visiting its..

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