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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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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:  

CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355)

Weapons Bound for Yemen Seized on Iranian Boat

Saudi-led coalition forces said on Wednesday they had seized an Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons on its way to deliver them to Houthi fighters in Yemen.   The announcement came a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from

IRS Scores High with US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has placed the International Register of Shipping (IRS) in the top bracket of those recognized organizations (RO) that consistently achieve zero detentions for its registered vessels for the third time in just six years.   

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India    Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from

USS Porter Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78), provides remarks during a distinguished visitor visit while anchored off the coast of Albania Sept. 26, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship September 26. The reception was an expression of Porter’s appreciation for hosting the ship and its crew in Vlore

World Court Hears Boliva-Chile Dispute Over Sea Access

The International Court of Justice said on Thursday it will continue to hear a case brought by Bolivia against Chile seeking to force its neighbour to enter negotiations to grant Bolivia unfettered access to the Pacific Ocean. Chile had asked the court, also known as the World Court

ADF Tests Amphibious Capability

The Amphibious Ready Element on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Sea Series 2015

  The Australian Defence Force is testing its newest amphibious capability ahead of the upcoming cyclone season. Exercise SEA RAIDER in Far North Queensland involves some 1400 troops embarked in HMAS Canberra with medium lift helicopters, landing craft and small boats, trucks

10 Optimarin BWT system for Asian Shipowner

Tore Andersen, CEO Optimarin

  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a fleet agreement for the installation of 10 of its flexible, reliable and environmentally friendly systems with an unnamed Asian shipowner. The contract, covering a group of 6,700 TEU container vessels

ECSA, ICS and BIMCO urge EU to ratify the 2010 protocol

The chemical tanker IevoliSun, with styrene and other hazardous and noxious substances on board, sinks off the coast of France in 2000. Photo by HNS Convention

 In a joint position paper submitted by ECSA, ICS and BIMCO to EU member States’ maritime attachés, member States have been urged to ratify or accede to the Protocol of 2010 to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage

Wah Kwong Adopts ShipManager

The signing ceremony. (DNV GL)

Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL's ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting.   Wah Kwong is a provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier, tanker and LPG segments

WWII Catalina Aircraft Wreckage Confirmed

An engine mount from Catalina 24-25. The aircraft was discovered in waters off Cairns in far North Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25 that crashed on 28 February 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board.   Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

Gener8 Maritime Acquires ECO VLCC

ECO VLCC of Gener8 Maritime

Gener8 Maritime, Inc. involved in international seaborne crude oil transportation services, today announced that it took delivery of the ECO VLCC Gener8 Neptune from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on September 11, 2015. 

Oman Navy Receives New Patrol Vessel

Photo courtesy ST Marine

 Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) delivered the second Patrol Vessel RNOV Shinas to the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Company also held the Naming Ceremony for the third PV RNOV Sadh built for the Navy.   The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman

Law Maker Attacks Korean Shipbuilders

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Lee Jin-bok, a lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party in Korea says that the government has given an "incentive for mutual growth" to Korea's major shipbuilders while they are accused of an unfair business practice.   The three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy Industries

Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks


  Collective effort by maritime industry and naval forces keep pirate attacks suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE   At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander

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