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Arctic Patrol Ships to be Ordered

A federal cabinet committee has okayed a plan to build six corvette-sized Arctic patrol vessels, according to a report by The Canadian Press and posted on www.canada.com. The committee approved the plan to build the 100-m, 6,000-ton, according to several sources, The Canadia Press reported. It is anticipated that the ships – which will start construction following a two-year period in which the shipbuilding project will be planned – will cost about $300m per ship.


House Judiciary Committee Approves FY 2008 Coast Guard Bill

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2008 authorization bill for the U.S. Coast Guard. The legislation has already cleared the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Prior to final approval, the Judiciary Committee added language strengthening the Coast Guard’s ability to combat maritime smugglers of illegal immigrants and would rachet up security at ports and liquefied natural gas facilities


"Cruise-to-Nowhere"Legislation Sees Mixed Results

House Bill (H.B.) 19, in North Carolina, was passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill prohibits "cruises to nowhere" and regulates other offshore gaming operations the state doesn't have the authority to ban outright. Vessels that embark and disembark passengers in North Carolina, but make an intervening stop in a neighboring state, would be regulated under the bill. To be considered to have made an intervening stop, a vessel would have to dock at a port in another state


Oil Spill Bill Forwarded

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the Oil Spill Prevention Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that aims to make ships safer and assess and improve vessel tracking procedures.Boxer said, “Californians know all too well the devastation an oil spill can cause to our waters, wildlife and our communities.  Just last fall, 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel poured into the San Francisco Bay after the Cosco


WRDA Passage to End Lakes Dredging Crisis

The end of the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper.  Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be used to dredge the


Container Weight Regulations

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 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.   But now, according to a report in the WSJ, IMO says ‘practical and pragmatic’ three-month grace period would calm exporter fears of widespread backups.  


IMO Conference Addresses Oil Pollution Compensation

A third tier of compensation for oil pollution incidents from tankers, to supplement compensation currently available under IMO's Civil Liability and Fund Conventions, is set to be adopted at an international conference to be held at IMO Headquarters from 12-16 May 2003. The International Conference on the Establishment of a Supplementary Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage is expected to adopt a Protocol to the


Iran Sanction Proposal Targets Oil Companies, Tanker Fleet

A U.S. proposal to sanction Iran’s state-owned oil company and its main tanker fleet may ensnare any person or business in the world involved in purchasing or shipping Iranian oil, according to a report from Bloomberg. Pressure is mounting on Iran’s nuclear program, as the prospect of an attack from Israel grows beyond rhetoric. In turn, the pressure is rising to force Iran to back down. The Senate Banking Committee unanimously adopted a measure Feb


Carnival Pays Quarterly Dividend, Appoints New Director

Carnival Cruise Liner: Photo credit Wiki CCL Rapidfire

Carnival Corporation appoints new non-exec director to serve on health, environment, safety & security committees At the annual shareholders meeting of Carnival Corporation & plc  held in Miami Beach, Fla., shareholders elected a new member to the company's board of directors – Debra Kelly-Ennis, president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, Inc.  Kelly-Ennis will serve in a non-executive capacity on Carnival Corporation & plc's 14-member board


EU Approves I-Tech Selektope

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  The antifouling biocide Selektope has been approved by the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products for EU-wide use from the 1st of January 2016   On the 8th of July, the European Union Standing Committee on Biocidal Products gave notice that Selektope is approved under the EU Biocidal Products Directive as an antifouling substance for use in both professional and non-professional antifouling products.  


New Subchapter M Towing Vessel Regulations Take Effect

(File photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday new towing vessel regulations establishing new requirements for the design, construction, onboard equipment and operation of towing vessels.   These regulations, which were developed over time with input from the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC)


IAMPE Certifies Port Professionals

The Association maintains standards for its certification programs, benefitting the maritime industry and the people and organizations that comprise it. Photo IAMPE

The International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals (IAMPE) has informed about the Accredited Marine Port Executive Professional Certification. This advanced certification is designed to provide a gold standard for professional education and certification in the international port and


Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Makes Good Progress

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Stakeholders have been updated on progress made by the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project - Phase I.   The project is being executed and implemented by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and funded by the Norwegian Agency


RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards

The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) confirmed at its 96th session held in London from May 11-20, 2016.  


IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks

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At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


Tissot Appointed VP & CFO, Bureau Veritas

Nicolas Tissot, 49, has been the Group Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee  Photo BV

Bureau Veritas announces the appointment of Nicolas Tissot as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. He replaces Sami Badarani, who has decided to leave the company to pursue new professional opportunities. Nicolas Tissot has solid management and finance experience gained in key


SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.  


S.Korea Shipbuilders' Lead creditors back Asset Sale, Cost Cuts

The lead creditors of two of South Korea's biggest shipbuilders have provisionally approved plans by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries to raise up to $4.2 billion in asset sales and cost cuts, people with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday.


Paris MoU Publishes New Performance List

At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016.   The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum


Skytech's BB75 Ka-band Antenna Ready for THOR 7 Services

Telenor Satellite announced that is has approved the BB75 Ka-band antenna, produced by telecommunications company, Skytech, for use with Telenor’s new THOR 7 Ka-band payload.  Skytech is the latest antenna supplier to receive approval from Telenor Satellite for its recently launched


Oman Signs Pacts with Ship Classification Bodies

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 Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has signed agreements with three ship classification societies for small ships that do not abide by international treaties, said a report in Times of Oman.   The agreements were signed with the British (Lloyds Register of


Houston International Seafarers Centers to honor Aalund in September

Niels Aalund, SVP, West Gulf Maritime Association (image: WGMA)

On September 24, 2016 the Houston International Seafarers Centers will host their Annual Maritime Gala . Niels Aalund, Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association, will be honored as the " Bronze Anchor Award” recipient.


Industry Unprepared for New Container Weighing Rules, says IUMI

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 Helle Hammer, Managing Director Cefor & Chair of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Political Forum discuss about Container Weighing Rules.   As of 1 July 2016, only containers with a verified gross mass will be allowed to be loaded on board a vessel (although IMO


Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management Approved

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The  Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation at its ninety sixth session (11 to 20 May 2016), having considered the urgent need to raise awareness on cyber risk threats and vulnerabilities, approved the Interim guidelines on maritime cyber risk management.






 
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