Introducing TN 02 BWMC, 03 Cyber Risk, 04 Amendments to the MLC & 05 Provisional MLC for Panama flagged ships

By this mean, ICS Class inform that the following technical notes have entered into force: Subject: Handling the Regulation D-1 as a contingency measure for ballast water management after the application date of Regulation D-2 (installation of the Ballast Water Subject: Implementation of Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems Subject: 2018 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC,… Read more →

Technical Instructive and Procedures introduction (checking measuring equipment, safe work environment, of emergency occurrences, suspension, withdrawal and reinstatement of class and Garbage from ships).

To: ICS Class Surveyor, Technical Instructive and Procedures introduction (checking measuring equipment, safe work environment, of emergency occurrences, suspension, withdrawal and reinstatement of class and Garbage from ships). Dear Sirs Please be informed about the last Technical instructive and Procedures entering into force on 1 January 2021, download here. 1-PO02-P02 Procedure for checking measuring equipment (Version 1, 10-2020)A-This Procedure is… Read more →

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 →