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 →

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 →

New guidance available on Arrested and Detained vessels and Abandoned Seafarers

New guidance is now available to assist welfare organizations dealing with incidents of seafarers being abandoned and vessels being arrested or detained. The booklet, entitled Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers, has been produced by ISWAN in partnership with InterManager, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). Arrested… Read more →

IMO: Electronic information exchange mandatory for ports from 8 April

A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into effect from 8 April 2019, as the IMO’s Facilitation Committee meets for its 43rd session, on 8-12 April. The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient. The requirement, mandatory under IMO’s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic… Read more →

IMO 2020 Impact on Fuel Bunker

Graph: Rystad Energy When new International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) bunker fuel regulations come into effect on January 1, 2020, there remains uncertainty regarding the availability and pricing for all marine fuel, as owners grapple with technical solutions for compliance. The sulfur content limits in bunker fuels used outside the designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will be reduced to 0.5% (from… Read more →

IMO to clamp down on fake ship registrations

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is preparing to crack down on substandard ship registries and the issue of illegal ship registration. The IMO agreed on a series of measures after a legal committee session last week which included the creation of a comprehensive database of registries and ways to improve information on the illegal registration of ships. Other recommendations included… Read more →