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ChartCo Now Has Flag State from Cyprus

U.K. broadcaster of marine information by satellite, ChartCo, has been granted Flag State Approval from Cyprus, thus bringing the number of flag states that have formally approved the ChartCo broadcast service to more than 20. Strategically important to ChartCo, Cyprus is the home base of myriad ship managers and owners. In addition, many vessels choose Cyprus as their flag state, even if they do not originate from the island.

Foreign-flag Ship Detentions in UK

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) detained 9 ships in UK ports during December 2012 after they failed Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports during December 2012 and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of December. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve

Dr. Payer: Flags and Class Must Should Work Closer

Closer cooperation between flag states and class societies will help to minimize casualty damage to people, property and the marine environment and result in better casualty reports, Dr Hans Payer, chief executive of Germanischer Lloyd told top level representatives of the world maritime industry and flag states at the Mare Forum conference on Flag State Quality and Regulatory Governance in Athens on September 20, 2002.

Maitland Addresses Mandatory Data Collection by Flag States

A mandatory system of data collection by flag states is the best way to lift the veil of secrecy from the shipping industry without interfering with the normal process of ship sales, financing, insurance and legitimate commercial secrecy needs, Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries, Inc. (IRI), said at a Conference on Maritime Legislation, Regulation and Policy in Washington, D.C. today . IRI administers the Marshall Islands registry

ICS Publishes New Flag State Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table - see  The Table collates various data available in the public domain. Under the supervision of ICS's member national shipowners' associations, the presentation of the Table for 2011 has been modified slightly in order to address feedback from governments. 

DNV: Need for windfarm construction vessels growing rapidly

photo: courtesy DNV

Dubai: 2013 marks the start of a period of rapid growth in the windfarm construction vessel market and it coincides with new operational demands that require careful consideration, particularly in the design of jack-up systems.   DNV highlights the need for owners and yards to consider both class and flag state requirements when evaluating limited operation designs.    At least 20 new windfarm installation vessels will be required by 2020 only to meet Europe’s

ClassNK Launches MLC Consulting Service


April 12 (Tokyo) – ClassNK has begun offering a new consulting service for the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The launch of this new service comes just as shipowners are beginning to practically address the requirements of the new convention, and as ClassNK moves to expand its services in maritime consulting. The MLC lays out a broad range of new regulations covering the working conditions and living environments of ships crews

USCG to Use Risk-Based Targeting for Foreign MODUs

To complement its existing safety inspection regime for foreign-flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters, the U.S. Coast Guard Friday announced an additional layer of risk-based safety oversight for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) as part of an ongoing review of marine safety policies following the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and subsequent oil spill. Currently, U.S.- and foreign-flagged MODUs operating in U.S

Maritime Safety Committee Releases New Interim Guidance

Gray Page, a maritime intelligence, investigation and crisis management company, advised that the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee’s (MSC) recently-approved interim guidance on the employment of privately-contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) to combat piracy underlines the requirement for independent vetting of private armed maritime security providers (AMSP). The MSC guidance, issued in May, incorporates recommendations for flag States confirming that it is the responsibility of

Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

Photo:  ESG Global Security

The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration. Jaanus Rahumägi, ESC’s founding CEO and President, said, “This is a significant milestone for both ESC and Panama, since it is the first licence to be issued following the Panama government’s review of the

Transas e-Logbook Gets Panama Flag Approval

Courtesy Transas

The Panama Marine Authority has confirmed the Transas Electronic Logbook as equivalent to the paper version for use on board the ships registered under the Panamanian Flag.   Successful approval of the Transas e-Logbook by the largest shipping flag state is an important milestone in

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

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.   

DNV GL Publishes New Classification Rule Set

Remi Eriksen (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL's new rules for classification of ships become publicly available online today following a development and review process involving 250 internal experts and more than 800 customers and maritime stakeholders. The result of the combined experience and expertise of two classification

IRS Introduces Ship Construction Standards

The International Register of Shipping has submitted goal-based new ship construction standards for verification audit by the International Maritime Organisation. IRS is the only Recognized Organisation outside the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to have developed

Seacat Showcases First 24-seater at Seawork

Photo: Seacat Services

Seacat Services, has unveiled its first vessel capable of carrying up to 24 industrial personnel. Seacat Courageous, a 26m high speed catamaran launched in February this year, will be the first of the Seacat Services fleet to benefit from the ability to carry more than 12 persons on board who are

VIKING Saatsea Courses Get Flag Approval

VIKING Saatsea gets flag-state approval for new onboard STCW e-training and certification management system

VIKING Saatsea has achieved flag state approval for its STCW on-board training solution with refresher modules according to new STCW 2010 Manila Amendments. The approval of the company’s 24/7, customizable certification management training (CMT) solutions enables shipowners to keep crew

Ki-tack Lim Elected as IMO Secretary General

Ki-tack Lim (Photo: IMO)

 Ki-tack Lim from the Republic of Korea has been elected as the new Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from January 1, 2016, for an initial term of four years, the IMO announced.   The current president of Busan Port Authority

Simrad Debuts Maris ECDIS900 MK5, MK15

a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems

  The Simrad Professional Series has launched a new lineup of professional-grade Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)– theSimrad MARIS ECDIS900 MK5 and MK15.Available in 19-, 24-, and 26-inch widescreen monitors

Cargo Ship Refused Access to Paris MoU Region

Georgiana H (Photo: Paris MoU)

General cargo ship M/V Georgiana H, IMO number 8911413, was detained in Marina di Carrara, Italy on July 17, tallying as the ship’s third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.    The ship flies the flag of Republic of Togo which is black on the current

Korean Registry Okays Transas ECDIS

Certificate issued by the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute proves the systems compliance with all ECDIS-related regulations

  Transas, one of the world's leading providers of integrated navigation solutions, received ECDIS type-approval from the Korean Registry (Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute), making Transas one of a few companies holding an ECDIS certificate from the South Korean maritime authority

SKANReg Recruits UK Ship Register's Mazumdar as CEO

Debasis Mazumdar (Photo: SKANReg)

After four groundbreaking years as head of the UK Ship Register (UKSR), Debasis Mazumdar is moving on to become CEO of the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg), with a mission to drive further growth for the ambitious ten-year-old Caribbean flag state.

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control


Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on

Offshore Operators Can Simplify Safety Equipment Logistics

(Photo: VIKING)

Safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment said its Offshore Safety Agreements are providing relief for offshore operators seeking to ensure compliance for their safety equipment with minimal in-house administrative overheads in a new, cost-focused paradigm.  

Maersk Orders 9 Tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries

Maersk Tankers, a unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has placed a $300 million order for nine medium-range tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries' Ningbo shipyard in China. The nine vessels, whose flag states have yet to be determined

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