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FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General

FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) Joint Manning Group (JMG) honored IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu at a welcome lunch, held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. Attended by stakeholders from the various sectors of the Philippine maritime industry, the event also featured discussions on crucial issues, which include the STCW Manila Amendments, the EMSA report on the country’s compliance to STCW requirements, anti-piracy efforts, and the importance of Filipino seafarers to the world’s merchant fleet.   The Joint Manning Group is composed of the Philippine Maritime Industry’s five leading manning agencies – the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc. (FAME), Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA), International Maritime Association of the Philippines (INTERMAP), Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers Inc. (PAMAS), and Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC).  The FSA, one of the leading and oldest maritime associations in the country, holds a pivotal role in the development of both the local and overseas shipping sector and in the involvement of the Philippines in international maritime affairs.  


New Iranian Ambassador Visits IMO

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Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzedeh, the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO, visited IMO Headquarters January 28.   There,  Habibollahzedeh presented his letter of credentials to IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu.   The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a member of IMO since 1958.  


Indonesia Pledges Support for Ferry Safety

Koji Sekimizu (left) with Ignasius Jonan (Photo: IMO)

The Indonesian Minister for Transportation Ignasius Jonan, visited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) April 28, confirming his country’s support for the IMO’s initiative to establish global safety standards for domestic ferries.   This follows the adoption in Manila, Philippines, last week of guidelines to address the topic.   The minister also told IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu of his country’s plans to expand and modernize its maritime sector


Former IMO Sec-Gen Emeritus Passes Away Aged 93

Dr. C.P. Srivastava: Photo courtesy of IMO

IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritme Organization (IMO),  has died in Italy, aged 93. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s remaining family, and also the condolences of the entire IMO membership and staff. ”It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. C.P


UN Sec. Gen. Supports Anti-Piracy Extension

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos wrote to Mr. Ban last month proposing that the mandate be extended. Mr. Ban has now confirmed that he supports the proposal and will be conveying the same to the Security Council, together with the concerns expressed by IMO and international shipping and seafaring organizations.


IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

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A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Hugo Martinez, signed the Letter of Understanding on technical cooperation between the Government of El Salvador and IMO


Myanmar accedes to CLC Protocol

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 ​Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession to the 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC).    The efforts to bring the legislation into national law followed the participation of Myanmar at a five-day workshop hosted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in November 2015, during which Government officials from Myanmar gained insight into IMO treaties on liability and compensation and the benefits


Japan Gives $1 Million to Gulf of Guinea Fund

The Government of Japan has made a contribution of $1 million (USD) to the IMO West and Central Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund, established by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to implement maritime security projects in the Gulf of Guinea, including the prevention and suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity. The significant contribution by Japan will go towards supporting the implementation of the Code of Conduct concerning the


IMO Newcomer Belarus Accedes to Further Treaties

From left: Kitack Lim and Sergei Aleinik (Photo: IMO)

Just one week after becoming the 172nd member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Belarus has acceded to three IMO treaties covering a variety of ship safety measures, including conventions on load lines and facilitation of maritime traffic.   Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the U.K., Sergei Aleinik, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London on December 5 to deposit the instruments of accession


INTERTANKO Reelects Tsakos as Chairman

Dr. Nikolas Tsakos of Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. was reelected for two further years by the INTERTANKO Council who met this week in London.    The Council members also engaged in dialogue with the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, as well as the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE, Minister of State (Department for Transport).   Lim, who has been Secretary General since January 2016, expressed his positive views about the contribution of INTERTANKO to the regulatory process at IMO:


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

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 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


IMO Secretary-General Speaks Out Against Regional Emission Trading System

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim has written to senior European officials expressing his concern that including shipping in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions


EU Ship Levy Proposal Could Undermine IMO Emissions Work

A European Union proposal to impose a levy on ships over their greenhouse gas emissions risks undermining the sector's global efforts to tackle the issue, the UN shipping agency's chief said on Monday. EU lawmakers voted in December in favour of including shipping in draft reforms of the bloc's


Clean Arctic Alliance Praises Move to Phase out HFO Use

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Responding to the December 20th joint statement from the United States and Canada, regarding development of a strategy to phase out their use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from vessels operating in the Arctic, the Clean Arctic Alliance praised both Arctic nations for their ambitious action to rid the


Shipping Faces Possible EU Levy on Carbon Emissions

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The shipping industry faces the threat of paying a levy to the European Union on its greenhouse gas emissions as lawmakers from the bloc grow increasingly impatient with the slow progress being made by the global effort to tackle the issue.


Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the


Indian Master Receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, received the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for the rescue of severn fishermen during a severe storm. Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job” has received the highest International Maritime Organization (IMO)  bravery recognition for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat during a tumultuous storm in the Bay of Bengal in


Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda

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 Technicians working in the growing offshore alternative energy sector often need to be transferred to their place of work by sea.    This needs to be done safely and efficiently, and this week International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will


DNV GL, RCCL, University of Strathclyde Rolls Out Maritime Research Centre

The opening ceremony. From Left to Right: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Kitak Lim, IMO Secretary General, Professor Dracos Vassalos, Professor of Maritime Safety and acting director at the Maritime Safety Research Centre, and Harri Kulovaara – Executive VP of Maritime and Newbuilding RCCL. Photo: DNV GL

 The Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) is an industry-university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), and DNV GL.    The world’s first centre of its kind


MSRC Opened for Safety

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary General Kitack Lim has officially opened the new Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) at the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom.    In his inaugural address


Maritime Safety Research Center Opens

The opening ceremony. From Left to Right: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Kitak Lim, IMO Secretary General, Professor Dracos Vassalos, Professor of Maritime Safety and acting director at the Maritime Safety Research Center, and Harri Kulovaara – Executive VP of Maritime and Newbuilding RCCL. (Photo: DNV GL)

The Maritime Safety Research Center (MSRC) is an industry-university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), and DNV GL. The world’s first center of its kind


Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic HFO Ban

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Responding to reports that the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) had reconfirmed its support of a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping during its annual general meeting, Clean Arctic Alliance advisor Dr Sian Prior said:  


Turkey’s World Maritime Day Parallel Event

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 Shipping’s unique role in providing most of everything that the world’s people need and want was once again the focus for an international audience, as Turkey hosted the 2016 World Maritime Day Parallel Event (4-6 November).  


Shipping Takes Centre Stage

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 The official World Maritime Day Parallel Event has opened in Istanbul, Turkey (4-6 November) with keynote addresses from International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.   


IMO: New Requirements for International Shipping

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 An important milestone on the road to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has been achieved with the adoption of new mandatory requirements by the industry’s regulatory authority, the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  






 
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