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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


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


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


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:  


IMO SOLAS Briefing

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SOLAS, MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2014. IMO reminds all of immediate implications to shippers, mariners and vessels.   ​Amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the Load Lines protocol entered into force on 1 January 2014: A number of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)  and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol  entered into force or took effect


Novorossiysk: New Tonnage Dues Rates

Photo courtesy Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port

GAC informs that tonnage dues rates in the port of Novorossiysk will be increased about 9% with effect from April 27, 2014. The rate increases are as follows: Tankers - Rates in force: 2.67 RUR - New rates: 2.91 RUR - Formula: 2.91 x Reduced GT x 2 Cont/Ro-Ro


Shell Commited To Russia Expansion Despite Sanctions

Meeting with Shell CEO Ben van Beurden. (Photo: The Presidential Press and Information Office)

Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions imposed on the country after its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.  


NATO to bolster defence of E.European Allies

NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday. Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


Shipowners to Become Liable for Costs of Wreck Removal

Wreck image courtesy of IMO

Shipowner liability is on the horizon as the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter into Force

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Shipowner liability on the horizon as Denmark ratifies international instrument The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on April 14, 2015 following the deposit, on April 14, 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark


Ukraine Sends Forces To Confront Armed Pro-Russian Rebels

 Ukraine's government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern    city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the    Kremlin.  


Protests Close Libya's Western Zawiya Oil Port

Photo courtesy UK Libyan Embassy

Libya's western Zawiya oil terminal has been closed by protesters preventing some oil product tankers from discharging, a government statement said on Friday. Local citizens demonstrating against the General National Council, the country's parliament


Two Refiners to Load Oil at Libya's Hariga Port

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Barely a day after Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) lifted force majeure at Hariga port, two refiners are already preparing to pick up Sarir crude from storage over the next two weeks, trading and shipping sources said on Friday.   The Aegean Dignity is on subjects - meaning final


Ingalls Delivers Amphibious Assault Ship America

George Jones (left), Ingalls Shipbuilding’s LHA 6 program director, welcomes Capt. Robert Hall Jr. aboard the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to sign the DD 250 document officially transferring custody of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Hall, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, will officially take command when the ship is commissioned later this year. Photo by Lance Davis, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to the U.S. Navy today. More than 900 crew members marched through the shipyard for a delivery ceremony on the ship's flight deck


Agreement Reached on Hong Kong Pellet Spill

A volunteer collects plastic pellets washed up on a bank of Lamma Island during a cleanup operation in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Regarding the massive spill of polypropylene plastic pellets into the Hong Kong waters from a cargo ship during typhoon Vicente in July 2012, and following active negotiations amongst the parties concerned, a Hong Kong Marine Department spokesperson said a settlement agreement was reached for a


BWM Convention Problems Need Solutions

The global shipping industry – represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, World Shipping Council (WSC), CLIA and IPTA – has voiced continuing concern about serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Management


Libya's NOC Keeps Force Majeure in Place at Eastern Oil Ports

Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) has yet to lift force majeure at the eastern ports of Zueitina and Hariga following a deal with federalist rebels to reopen them after a nine-month blockade, an oil ministry official said on Tuesday. "Force majeure is still in place, it has not been lifted


 
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