On October 25th, 2016

             Some 200 representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual 'Tripartite Meeting' on issues of common interest. The meeting, hosted by Class NK, the Japanese Shipowners Association (JSA) and the Shipbuilders' Association of Japan (SAJ), was this year organized by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) a..

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Let the BWM games begin

On October 24th, 2016

With the accession by Finland to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (better known as the Ballast Water Management or BWM Convention), there are now sufficient ratifications for the Convention to enter into force. Entry into force will occur on 8 September 2017. It has been an agonisingly slow process for a..

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Panama accedes to global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species

On October 19th, 2016

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.28%, with 53 Contracting Parties. The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017 and will..

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USCG announces upcoming VHF channel changes

On October 14th, 2016

The USCG Navigation Center informs that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has amended the VHF maritime radio channel numbering scheme which will affect 18 channels used in the U.S. New VHF radios will eventually begin using this scheme.  Changes to U.S. channel numbers are shown on the U.S. VHF Channels page  

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Marshall Islands becomes top flag for tanker fleet

On October 10th, 2016

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has attained the status as the world’s largest tanker fleet. This status was achieved over the summer with additional tonnage joining the RMI Registry from markets in Greece, the United States (US), and Asia.   The RMI flagged tanker fleet stands at 44.6 million gross tons (GT). International Registries, Inc...

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USCG Drug & Alcohol Regulations: Pitfalls for Foreign and US Carriers

On September 30th, 2016

Lee Seham In the aftermath of a serious marine incident, Coast Guard regulations effectively reverse the presumption of innocence by creating a legal obligation for mariners to prove that they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the mishap.   Applicability of 46 CFR Part 4 to International Flag..

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IACS Chairman stresses technical leadership and innovation through continued cooperation.

On September 28th, 2016

The new IACS Chairman, Dr. Sun Licheng (also Chairman and President China Classification Society) has emphasized the need to strengthen relationships with regulators and industry to meet Goalbased Standards in tandem with enhancing IACS’ technical contribution and leadership in the global shipbuilding and shipping industry as goals of his tenure as Chairman of IACS. Having..

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ABS updates Ballast Water treatment guide for maritime industry

On September 27th, 2016

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has updated its ballast water treatment guide in order to help marine and offshore industries in adopting relevant solutions according to new regulatory and operational requirements. The updated ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment also aims to assist in the design and installation of International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new..

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CICs and Inspections of Cargo Securing Arrangements

On September 22nd, 2016

  Simultaneous concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) are being run by a number of port state control (PSC) MOU regions on cargo securing arrangements. A questionnaire is being used by PSC officers in conjunction with the CIC. Two questions in the questionnaire could result in detentions if the ‘no’ box is checked off.   Question 4..

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IMO – energy efficiency guides

On September 22nd, 2016

Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloMEEP Project, paving the way for further work in climate change mitigation by the maritime sector. The GloMEEP training..

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