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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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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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