How to harmonise de-coupled IOPP Certificates due to BWM

ClassNK has issued latest technical information referring to periodical survey in advance of survey window, explaining that with entry into force of  the BWM Convention, IOPP and/or BWM Certificate (issued by some flag states) may be de-harmonized from Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC). In this case, the ship owners may be required to arrange periodical surveys twice a… Read more →

How to comply with China ECAs scheme

Credit: CSS China Classification Society published a report which summarizes the updated China ECAs Implementation scheme, and focuses on the distinction in emission control requirements among ports of Europe Union, Hong Kong and China. Currently there are three Emission Control Areas are defined, including Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta, Bohai-rim Waters. On 4 December 2015The Chinese Ministry of Transport… Read more →

Liberia, USCG discuss BWM developments

The Liberian Registry recently co-hosted a round-table discussion with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and twelve shipping companies to debate topical issues relating to ballast water. USCG Captain Scott Kelly gave a detailed description of the U.S. ballast water regulations, explaining that the U.S. regulations and type approval ratings differ from those prescribed by the IMO and that there is… Read more →

Port State Control to Move Away from Black, Gray, White Lists

  Port state control regimes globally plan to move away from black, gray and white performance lists. Instead, they will focus on expanding an individual ship risk profile approach. The proposal came with a range of recommendations regarding harmonization and information sharing which were proposed at a recent workshop held at IMO headquarters. The workshop recommended that port state control… Read more →

BIMCO Reflections 2017 – Analysis on Critical Issues of the Shipping Industry

BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with 2,200 members in around 130 countries. The global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. BIMCO’s Reflections is published annually and is a very interesting, short and accessible analysis on the critical issues faced by the shipping industry today and in the coming years. Issues touched in the report: The shipping market in 2016… Read more →

DNVGL rolls out electronic (digital) certificates across entire fleet

For the past few years, DNVGL has been working on pilot projects with several owners and flag administrations, to test and gain acceptance for the use of electronic certificates. This has resulted in more than 45 flag state administrations already having granted DNVGL the authority to issue electronic statutory certificates on their behalf, with more acceptances expected in the near… Read more →

Four big BWM challenges for consideration

Mr Giles Candy, Business Development, Environcleanse, discusses the biggest challenges that industry should pay attention for effective implementation of the BWM Convention which entered into force on September 8th Mr. Candy encourages operators to focus on accurate information, never make plans at last minute, use a successful BWTS which impacts vessel operations as little as possible and choose systems which… Read more →

Paris MoU celebrates 35 years on PSC

Credit: Paris MoU The Paris MoU is pleased to announce that this year marks the 35th anniversary when the Memorandum on Port State Control was signed by 14 countries and has produced an infographic to illustrate major milestones accomplished over these years. The Paris MoU was established in 1982 and since then, the agreement has expanded to 27 members. ”What… Read more →

Fair Game: The competition for new business heats up.

By Wendy Laursen 2017-08-25 16:21:23 (This article was originally published in the 2017 July/August edition) INTERNATIONAL SHIP REGISTRIES have never quite managed to rid themselves of the label “flag of convenience.” The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has worked for over a decade conducting inspections and promoting collective bargaining agreements for seafarers’ wages as part of its “Flag of Convenience”… Read more →

IMO Called on to Develop a Marine Investigation Code (MIC)

Speaking at this week’s IUMI 2017 conference in Tokyo, international marine and engineering consultancy and survey company LOC Group called for greater clarity from the IMO to better manage maritime casualties. Captain Jonathan Walker, a consultant from LOC’s Singapore office, said “We would like to see IMO develop a Marine Investigation Code to govern shipping accidents. It should be completely… Read more →