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New Seafarer ID Regs Enter Force

An international treaty aimed at preventing terrorists from infiltrating shipping crews will enter into force in February 2005, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. The pact, Reuters reported, is aimed at eventually requiring the world's 1.2 million seafarers to carry new identity cards. It will first apply to shipping crews from France and Jordan, the first two countries to ratify it, the United Nations agency said. "The new identity document for seafarers allows for the use of a 'biometric template' to turn two fingerprints of a seafarer into an internationally standardized two-dimensional bar code on the seafarer's document," ILO said in a statement. "In addition to France and Jordan, several countries are also taking steps toward ratification of the new instrument," the ILO added.


Chem Spill Clean Up Protocol to Enter Force

The Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances (OPRC-HNS Protocol), 2000, has now achieved enough ratifications for entry into force on 14 June 2007, twelve months after its accession by Portugal, on 14 June 2006, the 15th State to ratify the treaty. The OPRC-HNS Protocol is aimed at providing a global framework for international co-operation in combating major incidents or threats of marine pollution from ships


U.S. Approval Needed Before Double Hull Requirements Will Apply to Oil Tankers

On February 12, 2002, the U.S. government deposited a declaration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) stating that specific approval of the U.S. government will be necessary before the 2001 Double Hull Amendments to MARPOL 73/78 (the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) would enter into force for the U.S. If the U.S. took no action, the amendments would have entered into force for the U.S


IMO Addresses Prestige Sinking

The Prestige incident has been followed closely by IMO since events began to unfold some days ago. The IMO Secretariat established contact immediately with the authorities of Spain and with the Flag State authorities of the Bahamas. As in any situation such as this, the prime concerns of IMO have been for the safety of human life and the protection of the marine environment. Despite the adverse conditions, no human life has been lost in this incident and the search and rescue authorities of


New Emission Reduction Rules Enter Force

International regulations to control harmful emissions from ships’ exhausts enter into force on 19 May 2005. Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships are contained in Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention [1] and were adopted in the 1997 Protocol to that Convention. The Annex VI regulations set limits on sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from ship exhausts and prohibit deliberate emissions of ozone-depleting substances.


North American Emission Rules for Ships to Enter Force

The author, Dennis Bryant.

On 1 August 2012, enforcement of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) is due to commence.  This third and largest ECA (the other two encompass the North Sea and the Baltic Sea areas) was first proposed by Canada and the United States on 27 March 2009.  France quickly joined in on behalf of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, its territory off the Atlantic coast of Canada.  The proposal was approved by the IMO on 26 March 2010 by means of an amendment to Annex VI (Regulations


INTERTANKO Applauds MEPC Report on Annex V1

The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) welcomed the statements made by Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Panama and Spain that the national process for the ratification of the Protocol of 1997 of MARPOL 73/78 has reached the final stages and that they would be able to ratify Annex VI, some by the end of this year and others by the first half of 2003. The United Kingdom also indicated that the national processes were progressing


International Ship Sewage Regulations Enter into Force

International regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships enter into force on 27 September 2003 - nearly 30 years after their adoption. The regulations are contained in the optional Annex IV of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78). Annex IV contains a set of regulations regarding discharge of sewage into the sea


Lloyd's Register: Adjustment to BWM Convention Implementation Schedule

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Please note: this Class News is a reissue and replaces the version sent on 10 January, 2014. The table has been amended to clarify the implementation dates for Regulation D-2 of the Ballast Water Management Convention. The International Maritime Organization’s governing body, the Assembly, recently adopted Resolution A.1088(22) which adjusts the implementation schedule for the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The major changes are that:  


LR Alert: New SOLAS Requirements

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New SOLAS requirements for enclosed space entry and rescue drills, and draft requirements for portable atmosphere testing.   Because of the serious threat posed to people working in enclosed spaces on board ships, the IMO has introduced new requirements to SOLAS Chapter III, regulation 19, which enter into force on 1 January, 2015. From this date, crew members will be required to participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill on board the ship at least once every two months.


Horizon Lines Terminating Puerto Rico Operations

Horizon Lines announced that it would cease providing liner service between the U.S. and Puerto Rico by the end of 2014 due to continuing losses without the prospect of future profitability. Sea-Land Service, Inc. ("Sea-Land") pioneered the marine container shipping industry and


US Navy Supply Ships Collide in Indian Ocean

USNS Walter S. Diehl (U.S. Navy photo by A.J. Jones)

Two U.S. Navy supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden in the Indian Ocean early on Thursday, but no crew members were injured and initial reports suggested the vessels suffered only minor damage, the force said in a statement. It gave no reason for the collision between the ships which


Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority

Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific


Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments


MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

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Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters has been reached with the approval by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International


IMO’s MEPC Addresses BWM Convention Issues

Sampling to check for invasive species​ in Batumi, Georgia. The resolutions adopted by the MEPC address type-approval of ballast water management systems and port State control. (Phot: Fred Haag/IMO)

IMO’s environmental committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force Measures to assist in accelerating the entry into force and implementation of the key international convention designed to eradicate the global spread of harmful


USCG Reopens Port Allen Post Hurricane Ana

Port Allen Small Boat Harbor - Kauai

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened Port Allen in Kauai Monday morning after surveying crews deemed it  safe for transit. The maritime public is advised to be vigilant when entering ports and harbors and to cooperate with the direction of the Coast Guard and local harbor masters


USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

   The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21


Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention was one of the agenda items at last week’s IMO meeting.

  The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). At last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment


Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Visits Souda Bay

Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, renders a salute to the honor guard at the Hellenic Naval Base Headquarters while accompanied by Vice Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis, chief of the Hellenic Navy. F

  Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, visited U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, his first visit since taking command in July.   Ferguson visited Souda Bay to thank Sailors stationed there for supporting forward deployed naval forces and to


Bosphorus Strait Traffic Suspended as Boat Sinks, At Least 24 Dead

Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa


Propeller Design Software Upgraded

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HydroComp PropCad 2014 released HydroComp PropCad is software for geometric modeling of marine propellers for design and manufacture that provides automatic preparation of 2D design drawings, 3D offsets, thickness classification reports and CAD/CAM data


Australian Army Buys Maritime Simulator

Members of the Australian Defense Force training at one of the 12 NAUTIS desktop stations at the Townsville base

The maritime wing of the Australian Army purchased and installed a VSTEP simulator classroom for landing craft operations and navigation training at its Townsville base in Queensland. According to VSTEP, the simulator purchase was made following an enquiry from the Australian Defense Force


National Security Cutter Munro Keel Authenticated

Roderick P. Funches, a structural welder at Ingalls Shipbuilding, welds the initials of Julie Sheehan on a ceremonial keel plate that will be welded to WMSL 755, the National Security Cutter named in honor of her great uncle, Douglas A. Munro. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). "At this stage of construction, the NSC 6 is more complete and has better cost performance than any previous NSC


SWISSCO Sets Up JV with Union Offshore

  The Board of Directors of Swissco Holdings Limited has entered into a joint venture with Union Offshore Ltd, a company incorporated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The joint venture has secured a charter contract with an approximate value of up to US$115 million to provide an






 
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