ISM Code: Latest Updates

The purpose of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. The Code’s origins go back to the late 1980s, when there was mounting concern about poor management standards in shipping. The catastrophic capsizing of the passenger/car ferry Herald of Free Enterprise in March 1987  as well… Read more →

MEPC 74 media information

Preview for Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 74th session, 13-17 May 2019 General information and media accreditation ​Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 74thsession Chair: Mr. Hideaki Saito (Japan) When and where? 13-17 May 2019, at IMO Headquarters in London. Accreditation and media access ​Media wishing to attend plenary sessions but who do not have current and valid IMO media accreditation… Read more →

Remote inspection techniques on the rise

Remote inspection techniques on the rise New technologies – such as drones, climbers and robot arms – are rapidly entering the inspection era, adhering to the contextually digital transformation trends. And, in turn, major classification societies are embracing the so-called Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) for their class surveys prosecution. For those wondering the reasons why, safer and less intrusive surveys… Read more →

IACS launches its 2018 Annual Review

Credit: Shutterstock IACS launches its 2018 Annual Review The IACS published its Annual Review addressing activities it undertook the past year, including articles about key areas such as sulphur 2020, autonomous ships and cyber safety, as well as a ‘Class Report’ with data on the IACS fleet. Shipping | 23/04/19 Jeong-kie Lee, IACS Council Chair and Chairman, and CEO of… Read more →

USCG implements NTSB training recommendations after El Faro sinking

The USCG Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published Change 1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 03-14, ‘Guidelines for Approval of Training Courses and Programs’, in response to the recommendations made after the sinking of El Faro. On 1st October 2015, the SS El Faro, a 40-year-old cargo ship owned by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and operated by TOTE Services, Inc…. Read more →

Port State Control – Reducing the risk of Deficiencies and Detentions

Port State Control detentions due to ISM failures are becoming more common as the authorities are grouping deficiencies together to justify detaining the ship. The objectives of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code are to ensure safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment and property. The objectives of the… Read more →

USCG alerts on confined space entry after three fatalities

Credit: Shutterstock USCG alerts on confined space entry after three fatalities The USCG has issued a Safety Alert on the dangers of confined space entry , in light of a recent casualty where three people were asphyxiated on a drilling rig (MODU). The Coast Guard says that Studies have shown that people often miss the obvious cues of a situation… Read more →

ClassNK Releases Cyber Security System

Classification Society ClassNK has released its Cyber Security Management System for Ships. As part of the ClassNK Cyber Security Series, ClassNK regularly releases guidelines and standards that outline cyber security measures based on the recently-released ClassNK Cyber Security Approach that outlines ClassNK’s basic approach to ensuring onboard cyber security for ships. The Cyber Security Management System for Ships provides guidance… Read more →

IRClass: IACS priorities heading into a new decade

April 11th, 2019 Arun Sharma, executive chairman the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), intends to pack as much into his one-year tenure as chair of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) as possible. He is set to take over the position in July and has a raft of plans readied, which he shares today with Maritime CEO. IACS will… Read more →

First Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea published

The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea‘ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. The Declaration was first announced to students in Malta on 4 April at the IMO International Maritime… Read more →