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ABS Report Reveals Key Insights into BWMS

On August 14th, 2017

Image: ABS ABS published a report providing insights into how industry is progressing with ballast water management (BWM) systems. Based on input provided by owners and operators with BWM systems on board their vessels, the report covers a range of topics, including installation, commissioning and operations of BWM systems. “It is important to share with..

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California – Ballast Water *Update*

On August 11th, 2017

The State of California has adopted new legislation on ballast water management, taking effect on 1 July 2017. The California State Lands Commission (SLC) has adopted new rules on ballast water management and these will take effect in the State of California on 1 July 2017. These rules codify enforcement of the Californian Marine Invasive..

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ICS Class Exclusive Office in Paraguay 🇵🇾

On August 8th, 2017

ICS Class Exclusive Office in Paraguay 🇵🇾 ICS Class continues to expand its worldwide network coverage and professional certification services .New location is based at Asunción and aims to promote and expand our class and statutory certification services within the Paraguay 🇵🇾 market. ICS Class, a leading Non-IACS Panamanian Class Society, provider of  ship certification..

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Paris MoU releases CIC results on MLC

On August 2nd, 2017

Image Credit: Paris MoU The Paris MoU has released a report including the results of its latest CIC which focused on compliance with  MLC requirements. The campaign was carried out between 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2016 where a total of 3,674 inspections were carried out and a  total of 42 ships were detained. Principal..

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CIC Questionnaire on Safety of Navigation is now available

On August 2nd, 2017

Paris MoU has released the  questionnaire for the forthcoming CIC on safety of navigation in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations. The Paris..

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USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs

On July 31st, 2017

  The US Coast Guard has announced that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal. Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each..

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BWM Rules Threaten Small-Sized Ships

On July 25th, 2017

An amended implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 biological standard under the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) was tentatively accepted at the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). The MEPC delayed the implementation schedule for existing ships to comply with the Convention, which aims to stem the transfer..

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Why investment in training is important?

On July 24th, 2017

DNV GL recently performed a survey on maritime safety in four different regions: Greece, Middle East, Norway and Germany. The results reflected the industry’s focus on safety and presented direction on how to improve safety at sea. The main conclusion of the survey is that the crew is the key and that to improve safety..

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USCG updates electronic chart policy

On July 20th, 2017

Image hereabove is used for illustration purposes only The U.S. Coast Guard announced an update to its navigation guidance for the use of electronic charts in lieu of paper charts and publications. The updated version of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16 identifies voluntary acceptable equivalencies to paper charts and publications, as well as position fixing..

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Third ship detained in Paris MoU region in last three years

On July 20th, 2017

Credit: Paris MoU On 6 July 2017, the “ACORUS” vessel was detained in Port of Asprogirpos, Greece, according to Paris MoU. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Moldova Republic, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB (white-grey-black) list. Therefore,..

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