IRClass: Sulphur cap is currently the main regulatory change

SAFETY4SEA Team met with Mr. Suresh Sinha, Managing Director, and Mr. S. Patil, Business Development, of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) to discuss about industry’s key challenges and their expansion plans in the Greek market. Since opening its Greek office in 2010, based in Piraeus, IRClass has been actively engaged with Greek shipyards and owners to offer its full range of classification services. As explained, currently, IRClass is working on seeking authorisation from Greek maritime authorities to survey and certify all types of Greek flagged vessels.

USA – Tank Vessel Operator Convicted and Sentenced for Oil Discharge Offense, Vessel Captain Indicted

Interorient Marine Services Limited, a vessel operating company, was convicted and sentenced on Feb 13, 2019 in the Western District of Louisiana, for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from the tank vessel Ridgebury Alexandra Z, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Environment and Natural Resources Division and United States Attorney David C. Joseph for the Western District of Louisiana.

Employment of Indian seafarers grows by 35% in 2018

The number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels saw an unprecedented growth of 35% last year, according to data provided by the Indian Ministry of Shipping. The figure rose from 154,349 in 2017 to 208,799 in 2018. Along with this, the number of students placed for onboard training also increased from 14,307 last year to 19,545 this year, showing a jump of nearly 37%.

Ballast Water Management: Critical Elements Revealed

William Burroughs, the Senior Principal Engineer at ABS in his article for Marinelink advises on the necessity of the ballast system with compliance deadlines on the horizon for many shipowners. The study revealed a critical need for owners to start their technology-selection process, and to resist buying BWM systems based on initial price alone.

Costa Rica ratifies FAL Convention

Costa Rica is the latest country to ratify the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention). The IMO treaty enhances communication between ships and ports to help shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently.

USCG receives 23rd application for BWMS type approval

he US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 23rd application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the HK-S(E) Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Japanese Miura Co., Ltd. The Marine Safety Center will review the application for compliance with US Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the… Read more →

Human Rights Charity Reviews the De-Flagging of Aquarius Dignitus

Image courtesy of Human Rights at Sea   y MarEx 2019-02-11 19:31:13   The U.K.-based charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has conducted an independent review of the legal and human rights ramifications of the de-flagging of the Aquarius Dignitus – a rescue vessel chartered by SOS Méditerranée and previously operated in partnership with the Amsterdam-based branch of Médecins Sans… Read more →

EMSA extends its quality management system

Above image is used for illustration purposes only / Credit: EMSA EMSA extends its quality management system EMSA’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements were expanded in order to include the Maritime Security visits to member states and the Horizontal Analysis of the findings after a cycle of visits. The extended V&I QMS was successfully re-certified in December,… Read more →

Greek shipping fleet worth over $100bn

In 2018 the value of the Greek fleet increased by over $5bn to break the $100bn milestone, ensuring Greek shipowners continue to run not only the world largest fleet but also the most valuable. Greece’s pole topping fleet at the beginning of 2019 was worth $105.23bn as the world’s leading cross-traders grew their LNG fleet and the enjoyed a value… Read more →