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Coordinating Committee

SCC Meeting

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on February 19 to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Standards for Training and Watchkeeping. Topics on the agenda include safe manning levels of ships and unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency. 73 Fed. Reg. 6547 (HK Law).


SCC to Meet

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on March 23, 2004 to prepare for the upcoming meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). Items on the agenda include harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; recycling of ships; prevention of air pollution from ships; and anti-fouling systems. 69 Fed. Reg. 9675 (HK Law)


Shipping Coordinating Committee Meetings

The U.S. Department of State issued Notices announcing three meetings of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. On May 20, the committee will meet in Washington, DC to discuss and decide upon possible changes to the subcommittee structure. Changes under consideration include disestablishment of the subcommittees on tonnage and measurement and on UNCTAD and establishment of subcommittees on IMO administration and budget; IMO


IMO’s “No Red Tape” Committee

The International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee, the focus for IMO’s work in eliminating unnecessary formalities and “red tape” in international shipping, has opened its first session as a formally institutionalized Committee of the Organization.  The Committee now has full standing, reflecting the importance of its work and the issues it addresses, following the entry into force, on 7 December 2008


Posidonia 2012 Opens

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The Greek Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikramenos presided today, Monday June 4th over the official opening ceremony of the international shipping exhibition Posidonia 2012.   Many government officials, foreign diplomats and representatives of Greek and international maritime organizations attended the inauguration ceremony of Posidonia, the premier event of the global shipping industry. In his address, the Greek Premier said: “The participation of so many exhibitors at this


Coast Guard and Partners to Conduct Security Exercise

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine Emergency Team-WMD, the Cities of Portland and South Portland, Portland Pipeline and many other area agencies and industry partners will be participating in a full-scale maritime security exercise in the port of Portland May 9 through May 12


Rand Makes Corporate Governance Changes

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that Laurence Levy has been appointed as Executive Chairman, with responsibilities that include overseeing corporate strategy including growth and acquisition initiatives, corporate culture, and organization building. Mr. Levy formerly served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rand. Rand's Chief Executive Officer position will remain unfilled. "Today's announcement reflects the collective view of our independent directors and management team as to


Singapore Adopts Standard for Bunker Mass Flow Metering

The world’s first National Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48 : 2015) was launched in support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s and industry’s initiative to use the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore with effect from January 1, 2017. MPA said the TR sets out clear requirements for measurement and system integrity that provides a fair basis for custody transfer between the bunker supplier and


National Academies: Marine Debris to Worsen

Current measures to prevent and reduce marine debris are inadequate, and the problem will likely worsen, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council.  The and the international maritime community should adopt a goal of "zero discharge" of waste into the marine environment, and a system to assess the effectiveness of existing and future marine debris prevention and reduction actions should be implemented


Massport Names Hadden Port Director

Deborah Hadden

Deborah Hadden has been appointed Port Director by Thomas P. Glynn, CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). In her new role, Hadden will be responsible for directing the planning, development, marketing, operation, security, financial management, administration and maintenance of Massport’s non-aviation properties in the Port of Boston. Hadden had been Acting Port Director since October, 2012, and was instrumental in achieving many successes in directing the Port of Boston


Custom Fireboat Delivered in Texas

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed into service a 28-foot fireboat with the City of Conroe Fire Department in Conroe, Texas. The craft was delivered in mid-May.   Assistant fire chief for the City of Conroe Fire Department


Vietnamese Boat Collides with Hong Kong Cargo Ship

Vietnam Coast Guard. Photo courtesy: Global Security

Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, Rich Better, collided with and sank Vietnamese squid boat BD 96660 in the East Vietnam Sea on August 2, 2016.   According to Tuoi Tre News, six Vietnamese sailors are safe and being taken to mainland China to await pick-up by Vietnam’s authorities.


Op/Ed: Fix the HMTF Now … or in 2027

Shane Skelton

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) has been misused and underutilized for years, leaving U.S. ports and harbors in subpar conditions and disadvantaging the very shippers that pay to modernize and maintain them – to the tune of nearly $2 billion per year. In May, the U.S


Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Straits to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for chemical spill incidents and the communication linkages between the


Jakarta to Boost Security of Small Vessels

Indonesias Maritime Security. Photo: US Embassy in Indonesia

 Jakarta will boost security of small vessels after hijackings 15 July, says a report in Protection Vessels International Ltd (PVI).   Indonesia is currently discussing with the International Maritime Organisation the rules for deployment of naval and coast guard vessels to escort


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling


Maritime Lawyer Dr. Frank Wiswall Gets 2015 International Maritime Prize

Image: International Maritime Organization

 The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honoris Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI)


FAST Act Grant Awards Announced

Image DOT of USA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 18 proposed grant awards for projects under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program. The program, also known as the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National


Italy Rescues 4,500 Migrants in Mediterranean in one day

In the Mediterranean Sea in 2014, Lt. Kathleen Kostka, from Memphis, Tenn., and Lt. John Yosay, from Boardman, Ohio, both attached to Fleet Surgical Team 4, provide medical attention to migrants aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie Matyascik/Released)

ROME, July 5 (Reuters) - Some 4,500 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies and a wooden boat in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said, as the sea calmed after a rough weekend.   More than 67,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea so far this year


Spill Response Tackled In New Contract

Photo: Office of Response and Restoration, NOAAs Ocean Service,  US Govt.

 The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and BIMCO are working together to develop a standard contract for spill response services. The contract is expected to be published by the end of the year.   The Spill Response Services and Equipment Contract is designed for


Search Vessel Recovers Human Remains at EgyptAir MS804 Crash Site

EGYPTAIR FLIGHT MS 804 PARIS CAIRO PHOTO EGYPTAIR

 A search vessel contracted by the Egyptian government has recovered all mapped human remains under water at the crash site of EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Mediterranean, Egypt's aircraft accident investigation committee said on Sunday.


OOI Community Workshop: Cabled, Endurance, and Station Papa

Credit OOI Cabled Array program and the Center for Environmental Visualization, University of Washington

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) infrastructure is operational and ocean scientists can now integrate OOI observations into their research proposals and projects. The UNOLS Ocean Observing Science Committee (OOSC) along with OOI’s Science Oversight Committee (SOC) are organizing a


Senate Confirms Three to Serve on Federal Maritime Commission

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of three individuals to serve as Federal Maritime Commissioners: Rebecca F. Dye, Michael A. Khouri and Daniel B. Maffei.   Dye and Khouri, both of whom currently serve as Commissioners, were renominated by the President to serve in terms that


Boon, Non-executive Director of ST Engineering Resigns

Quek Tong Boon Photo ST Engineering

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced the resignation of Mr Quek Tong Boon as non-executive Director with effect from 1 July 2016. Mr Quek has been with the Board since 1 March 2008 and has been the Chairman of its Research, Development and Technology Committee


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.  






 
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