2017 June

The Panama Canal’s Cautionary Tale

On June 29th, 2017

Construction of the Panama Canal, 1913. By Jonathan E. Hillman 2017-06-28 18:52:40 President Trump’s exchange with President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama sparked a social media maelstrom last week. “The Panama Canal is doing quite well. I think we did a good job building it, right?” Trump remarked during a meeting at the White House...

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Interview: Owners Favor Delaying of BWMS Installation

On June 26th, 2017

The fast approaching implementation date of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) has stirred up a number of questions among shipowners who will be required to install approved ballast water treatment systems starting from September 8, 2017. Under the terms of the Convention, which was adopted in 2004 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ships will be required to manage their..

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10 Steps to Plan for Ballast Water Management Compliance

On June 21st, 2017

10 Steps to Plan for Ballast Water Management Compliance By Chris McMenemy - published on  June 15, 2017 With the countdown to entry into force on, it is more important than ever that vessel owners and operators begin to plan for ballast water management compliance. With a myriad of legislation, requirements and seemingly ever-changing obligations, the..

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Port state control – special inspection campaign in China 🇨🇳

On June 21st, 2017

The China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has announced a special inspection campaign for bulk carriers of 10,000 GT or more from 15 June 2017 to 31 December 2017. Due to the recent casualties and structural deficiencies experienced by older bulk carriers, the MSA will target bulk carriers that are over 15 years of age as..

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IMO’s Marine Safety Committee (MSC 98) has adopted amendments to SOLAS 2020

On June 15th, 2017

IMO’s Marine Safety Committee (MSC 98) has adopted amendments to SOLAS 2020 that raise the damage stability requirements for passenger vessels in the event of flooding caused by a collision. These changes used as a basis a series of E.U. and EMSA funded cooperative research projects conducted by academics, shipyards, ship operators, owners, classification societies..

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IMO completes GBS verification

On June 9th, 2017

IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has confirmed completion of the corrective actions requested by IMO to the International Association of Classification Societies’ (IACS) Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC&OT) under the agenda item 6, Goal-Based New Ship Construction Standards (GBS), at its 98th session held on 7 June 2017, ClassNK..

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MLC, 2006 Inspections Yield Positive Results

On June 9th, 2017

Aiming to verify that the minimum standards for working and living conditions have been implemented for crews working on board commercial vessels, as well as generate more awareness, Port State Control Officers in the Paris MoU region have carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006. A total of 3,674..

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ABS Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for On-Deck Cargo Areas of Container Carriers (FOC Guide)

On June 8th, 2017

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore and marine industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for On-Deck Cargo Areas of Container Carriers (FOC Guide), expanding its industry-leading guidance to the existing containership fleet. “ABS is constantly looking at new approaches to expand safety in the industries that..

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ICS Class: The best performance of a Panamanian RO in Black Sea MOU

On June 7th, 2017

We are pleased to present the sixteenth issue of the Annual Report on Port State Control in the Black Sea region which is published under the auspices of the Port State Control Committee of the Black Sea MOU. Port State Control is of particular importance to the BS MOU member Authorities due to the role..

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WMU, DNV GL Maritime Academy join hands on new program

On June 6th, 2017

  The World Maritime University (WMU) and DNV GL Maritime Academy have launched a new Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Safety and Security (MSS) to help people involved in shipping operations, as well as the associated regulatory framework, develop the vital understanding of all aspects of safety and security required in today’s complex maritime industry. “WMU..

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