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Getting to grips with lifeboats

On September 21st, 2016

The UK P&I Club  highlighted the potential dangers of lifeboat drills, following an incident during a lifeboat drill, which has left one crewmember dead, and four injured. A study in 2014 by a UK safety group using accumulated data over a ten-year period indicated that incidents involving lifeboats and their launching systems had caused nearly..

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Panama Joins Hong Kong Convention

On September 21st, 2016

IMO meets to discuss the London Protocol Sept. 19 (courtesy IMO) Panama has acceded to the IMO's Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, which guides ship design, operation and end-of-life management in order to reduce the environmental footprint and safety risks of shipbreaking. IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim accepted the accession from Panama's permanent representative..

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Hanjin Ordered to Sell Its Ships

On September 21st, 2016

Hanjin Shipping has to return chartered-in ships to owners and to sell as much of its own fleet as it can, a South Korean bankruptcy judge said Monday. Hanjin is still working on a restructuring plan, and it has already begun returning chartered vessels in an attempt to reduce its overhead; its charter fees amount to millions per..

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ITF welcomes Cambodia flag promise

On September 20th, 2016

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has given a guarded welcome to the Cambodian government’s pledge to turn its maritime flag into a genuine national ship register. ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith stated: “In May the government said it was abolishing the register entirely. Since then they have suggested they will decisively act to transform it..

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Panama Maritime Authority requires correction of deficiencies

On September 20th, 2016

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued circular aiming to require all Masters, Owners/Operators to report to Panama Flag State Section the corrections of deficiencies raised due to an Annual Safety Inspections within the next 30 days, as it is stated on the ASI Form. This procedure shall be included in the vessel’s ISM manual. The certification..

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U.S. Clarifies Ballast Water Convention Stance

On September 14th, 2016

By MarEx 2016-09-13 19:10:41 Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy at the U.S. Coast Guard, has welcomed the news that the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention) has been ratified and will now enter into force in September 2017. It..

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Damen starts operations in the Caribbean area

On September 12th, 2016

On Friday 9 September the government of Curaçao and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company. Damen will establish a new company on Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao. It is expected that Damen will start up its operations in the two graven docks..

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BWMC to enter into force on 8 September 2017

On September 8th, 2016

Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017 Briefing: 22 08/09/2016   Her Excellency Mrs. Päivi Luostarinen Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Finland to IMO, handed over the country’s instrument of acceptance to the Ballast Water Management Convention to IMO Secretary-General Lim on Thursday (8 September 2016). Accession..

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Dubai to be among top 10 world maritime capitals

On September 6th, 2016

Dubai has been recognised by a leading authority to be as one of the top 10 global locations for doing business in the next five years. The emirate’s spectacular rise as one of the world’s maritime capitals has been in no small part responsible, attracting a large number of ship owners and shipping companies to..

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DNV GL launches RP to enhance cyber security

On September 6th, 2016

DNV GL has published a Recommended Practice (RP) on “Cyber Security Resilience Management” to help the industry address potential cyber hazards. Developed in cooperation with customers, the RP provides guidance on risk assessment, general improvements to cyber security, and the verification of security improvements and management systems. “With ships and mobile offshore units becoming increasingly..

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