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.
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
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  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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and
China's sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the navy said, days after neighbouring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 nautical miles south of the island amid renewed tension between the two sides.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Defence Force Maritime Element conducted a PNG Government led joint patrol to identify and intercept Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels operating in the vicinity of Budi Budi Island (an Atoll) in Milne Bay.
A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low
Dubai-based Gulf Ship Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf Navigation Holding, announced on Tuesday a recent tie up with Switzerland’s SeaQuest Group to set up a ship management joint venture and expand operations in the region.
The Standard Club introduced the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’) as well as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendments which were adopted in November 2014, in addition to environmental provisions and MARPOL amendments which were adopted in May
Transnet National Ports Authority will undertake its mega project to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban Container Terminal (DCT): Pier 2 has reached a key milestone and the multi-billion rand Main Marine Construction Works package will go out to tender in December 2016.
Financially-strapped Rickmers Maritime has entered into a deed of consent with Commerzbank AG, Singapore Branch, reports Reuters. Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd., the holding Trustee, has entered into a memorandum of agreement for sale of "India Rickmers" vessel
Throwing their hats in the air today marked not only the end of their time at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), but also the start of a new phase in the military careers of 224 officer cadets and midshipmen. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency
Four African migrants drowned and 34 were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Moroccan authorities said. The Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain was a major route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe
Egyptian air and naval forces departed to Greece to participate in the joint Greek-Egyptian military aeronautical exercise, named “Medusa 2016”. Egypt’s Ministry of Defence said that the joint manoeuvres, which was held last year for the first time
Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for its two vessels, the M/V Orleans and the M/V Melite, which are scheduled to start in December 2016. "Diana Shipping, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary
Regulations covering the dumping of wastes at sea are the focus of a national workshop in Aqaba, Jordan (28-30 November). The event is raising awareness of the London Protocol, which entered into force ten years ago and modernized the original London Convention dumping treaty
Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Tanzanite, a 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-coated chemical tanker, from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“STX”), the final 49,000 DWT IMO2 Interline-Coated vessel from the Company’s
Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet (ATF) has entered into contract with Vyborg Shipyard for the construction of a series of fishing trawlers. The shipbuilding contract, signed at the the International Forum "The Fishing Fleet - New Impulse to Development" in Murmansk in March 2016