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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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Korean Register launches new ICT Center

On March 6th, 2017

Korean Register, an IACS member classification society, has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries. The new high-tech facility has been launched in response to demand from the Korean shipbuilding and marine transport industries, keen to be more..

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Tokyo MOU releases CIC results on Cargo Securing Arrangements

On March 6th, 2017

The Member Authorities of the Tokyo MOU carried-out a concentrated inspection campaign on Cargo Securing Arrangements from the 1st September 2016 through the 30th November 2016. The purpose and goal of the CIC was to gain knowledge on the compliance of ships with applicable Cargo Securing requirements and to assess the overall safety of ships..

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ABS provides Subchapter M support to Blessey Marine

On March 6th, 2017

ABS, provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, announced that has been awarded a Third Party Organization contract by Blessey Marine Services, Inc., owner and operator of a fleet of inland towing vessels and tank barges, to support compliance with US Coast Guard Subchapter M requirements. “Owners and operators are..

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DNV GL promotes the analytics platform Lumina

On March 6th, 2017

DNV GL announced that launched platform Lumina, which analyzes 1.6 million findings from management system audits around the world and, in this way, identifies weaknesses and improvement areas for companies, and benchmarks industries as a whole. The company explained that today’s organizations are facing a complex business environment. With increasing demands from stakeholders to operate..

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