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 →

How shipping industry addresses GHG: Targets set, what’s next?

How shipping industry addresses GHG: Targets set, what’s next? There have been critical debates on potential solutions for reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in all sectors. As part of the Paris Agreement, adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015, long-term goals have been set by several countries around the globe to limit the increase in global average temperature… Read more →

BWMC implementation: The time for delays and denial is over

Mr. Mark Riggio, President of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) talks about the current challenges toward BWMC implementation, highlighting that the deadline for a BWTS installation expires, thus the sooner they start planning, the better. As explained, more than 80% of the world’s fleet by tonnage flies the flag of an Administration signatory to the Convention. That means for… Read more →

Nautical Institute launches new edition of The Principles of Navigation

Nautical Institute launches new edition of The Principles of Navigation The Nautical Institute launched the 11th edition of The Admiralty Manual of Navigation, Volume 1: The Principles of Navigation. This edition is the first to be digital by design and is based on the assumption that the readers’ vessel will be sailed using IMO type-approved ECDIS. As the Nautical Institute… Read more →