Guarantee of Payment needed for vessels PCSOPEP

On March 28th, 2017

The Panama Canal Authority reminds operators that Section 1.4.5 of OP Notice to Shipping No. N-12-2017 “Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP) Requirements” states that vessels in non-compliance with PCSOPEP requirements shall provide a satisfactory guarantee regarding sanctions that may be imposed by ACP, in accordance with Chapter XI “Offenses, Sanctions and Sanctioning Proceedings” of..

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InterTraining – BWM Module

On March 27th, 2017

Welcome to InterTraining First at all we would like to welcome you to our training platform: InterTraining Description ICS Class-Head Office have created a dynamic and friendly distant learning platform to understand the implementation of IMO/National regulations and survey requirements on technical aspects of Ballast Water Management accessible through a learning portal where you..

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Five important things that shipowners of Panamanian flagged vessels must do to get ready for BWMC

On March 24th, 2017

Following the accession of Finland, which brought the combined tonnage of contracting States to the treaty to 35.1441%, with 52 contracting Parties, the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) will enter into force September 8, 2017. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the..

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Liberian Registry passes 150 million gt historic landmark

On March 23rd, 2017

The Liberian Registry announced that has passed the historic milestone of 150 million gross tons, confirming its position as the second largest ship registry in the world, behind Panama, in terms of numbers of ships and gross tonnage. Following registration of the 43,301 gt bulk carrier SBI Jive, owned by the Scorpio Group, the Liberian-flag..

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Greek ship owners turn down their home register

On March 21st, 2017

Despite the fact that the Greek-owned fleet is the world leader in terms of ship numbers and capacity as well, the Greek flag has dropped to third according to the annual report of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee in London. Compared with other registers, the Greek flag is not only expensive but also overloaded with..

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Panama Canal implements new vessel scheduling system

On March 17th, 2017

In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides. “For more than a century, the Panama Canal has enjoyed a..

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IMO Sec-Gen highlights future challenges for shipping

On March 17th, 2017

IMO Secretary General highlighted IMO’s objectives for the year forward during his opening remarks at the Panama Maritime event, an event held to celebrate Panama on the 100th anniversary of its ship registry. Mr Kitack Lim noted that a big challenge for shipping is to remain sustainable, while meeting the demands for enhanced safety and..

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ICS Class Annual Report 2016

On March 9th, 2017

We are pleased to present the ICS Class-Annual Report (2016) We hope that you find in this 2016 annual report a useful resource of information for you and may be reproduced in whole or part subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgement and distribution to ICS Class clients. This annual report summarizes the main activities..

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Panama Canal informs on mooring line requirements

On March 8th, 2017

The Panama Canal has issued advisory in order to inform on Mooring Line Requirements. In particular the ACP states that vessels are required to have six manila or synthetic mooring lines forward and six aft, in good condition prior to commencing transit. In addition, vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks are required to have four of the six..

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IMO reviews GMDSS

On March 6th, 2017

The review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS) continues this week at the fourth session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (6-10 March). The GMDSS requirements in SOLAS Chapter IV were adopted in 1988 and ensure an integrated communications system using satellite and terrestrial radiocommunication systems. The..

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