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New guide promotes better conditions for offshore personnel

On January 27th, 2017

ABS has published the ABS Guide for Habitability of Industrial Personnel on Accommodation Vessels, establishing criteria for improving the living environment and ambient environment on board accommodation vessels. “People are the most important resource for any organization,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “This Guide recognizes the importance of personnel living offshore..

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Panama vessels urged to increase security while sailing in the GOG

On January 26th, 2017

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued circular encouraging all Panamanian flagged vessels transiting the Gulf of Guinea, to increase the security measures on board and to comply with any security regulations recommended, in territorial waters, by the Coastal and Port Authorities; taking into consideration the recent piracy attacks occurred in the region (hijacking, kidnapping and..

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Paris MoU detains third vessel within the last 18 months

On January 26th, 2017

The Paris MoU organization detained the cargo vessel  “SORMOVSKIY 54”  in port of Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation) on 4th January 2017. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 18 months. Therefore under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU – which allows access to a specific port and..

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Amendments to the Code of Safe Working Practices issued

On January 24th, 2017

On October 2016, the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers amended to include additional issues the following sections: Entry into enclosed spaces; The operation of watertight doors; Working at height and over the side, in line with new legislation; Scaffolding; Means of access; Mooring, especially small vessels; Handling of chemicals and other substances..

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First amendments to the MLC 2006 come into force

On January 18th, 2017

The first amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) which ensure better protection to seafarers and their families in case of abandonment, death and long-term disability entered into force on 18 January 2017. The amendments were approved by the International Labour Conference in 2014. The 2014 amendments require that a financial security system..

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IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

On January 18th, 2017

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes under the auspices..

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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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