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New Int’l Convention for Ship Recycling

A new international Convention on ship recycling has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.   The Convention was adopted at a diplomatic conference held in Hong Kong, China, from 11 to 15 May 2009, attended by delegates from 63 countries. The new Convention was developed by IMO, the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution from ships.   Speaking at the close of the successful conference, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos expressed satisfaction that the new Convention, named after the host city, was adopted by consensus in the best traditions of the Organization. He told delegates that the new Convention struck the right balance between the responsibilities and obligations of shipowners, ship recycling facilities, flag and recycling States. He added that the Convention, as adopted, allows for future improvements and provides "a platform and an avenue for better regulation, in due course, of the activity it addresses.  


ICS Issues Shipboard Bullying Guidance

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Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’. The new Guidelines, developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), can be downloaded from the ICS and ITF websites. These Guidelines have been launched in advance of an important International Labour Organization (ILO) Special Tripartite Committee


ISF Disappointment at Slow Implementation of ILO 185

The International Shipping Federation (ISF), which represents maritime employers globally, says that the low level of implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185, concerning the facilitation of shore leave and crew transits, is a continuing source of disappointment.     Speaking in Manila this week, at a seminar organized by the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA), ISF Director of Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw


Mitropoulos Presides, Arab Academy Expansion

"I could not think of a better way to formally start the ‘Year of the Seafarer’ other than by commissioning a new training centre, such as the new branch of the Arab Academy in Port Said,” said IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos on Saturday, 9 January, as he formally opened an extension to the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). The extension is on a new 77-acre site allocated for that purpose by the Governor of Port Said


CSR Promotes Solution to Shore Leave/Security Dilemma

The Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Seafarers' Rights is actively promoting a single internationally developed seafarers' identity card. Currently, seafarers entering U.S. ports need a visa, which is not required in most countries. These U.S. visas recently went up in price from $65 to $100 and do not guarantee shore leave especially at private tanker terminals whose security procedures may deny shore leave to all crew members.


Germany Does 'Pierhead Jump' Aboard MLC

Photo courtesy of ILO

The Government of Germany registered its ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Office days before it becomes effective on 20, August 2013. Germany becomes the 43rd ILO Member State and the 17th European country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) , a landmark convention which constitutes the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime complementing key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization


Seafarer Shore Leave: MLC Business, or Not?

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The Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Seafarer’s Rights conducted its thirteenth annual Seafarer Shore Leave Survey during the week of May 18-24, 2014. Port ministries in 27 U.S. ports visited 416 vessels with 9,184 crewmembers (representing 60 nationalities). A total of 1,030 seafarers on 97 vessels were denied shore leave. An overwhelming majority (86%) of these seafarers were denied shore leave because they did not have visas


Maritime Labor Convention to Commence on August 20

The International Labor Organization (ILO) will mark the coming into force of its historic Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, on August 20, 2013. The ILO Convention, known as “MLC, 2006”, will establish minimum working and living standards for seafarers and be an essential step toward ensuring fair competition and a level-playing field for quality shipowners flying the flags of ratifying countries. To mark the day


Breaking Ships on Tidal Beaches is Illegal

The International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA) is quite clear; Bangladeshi ship breakers who are using tidal beaches are, as ISRA understands the court decision, illegal. The ruling by the Bangladeshi High Court on the petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association to close the ship breaking yards is a logical outcome as beaching practices are against future international law. The court order seems to confirm ISRA’s point that the practice of using a tidal beach


Intermanager and ITF Sign MOU

Global union federation the ITF and international ship managers' association InterManager signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that encourages them to work together on areas such as maritime safety, training, and preventing the criminalization of seafarers. The understanding was signed by InterManager Secretary General Guy Morel and ITF Seafarers' Section Secretary Jon Whitlow. The MOU identifies a significant overlap in the goals and objectives of the two organizations in the field


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


BV Certification adds global UKAS accreditation for ISO 2230

Bureau Veritas Certification (BVC) has achieved accreditation to international management systems ISO 22301: 2012 from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) through Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS, UK Branch. This independent recognition for Business Continuity Management


Shipping Lines CEO Meet at Busan Port to Attract Int’l Passengers

CEOs of Shipping Liners Gather to Attract Int’l Passengers Photo Busan Port

Busan Port Authority (BPA, president WOO Ye-jong) stated that BPA held a meeting for KOR·JPN passenger liners(six companies) and Busan Tourism Organization on the 30th in order to attract more international passengers to the Busan Port.


IRISL led JV for Ship Repair

Agreement for establishing a Joint Venture Company in ship repair sector Photo IRISL

The initial agreement for establishing a Joint Venture Company in ship repair sector, was signed between Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO), Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and ‎ National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).


IRISL, NITC Pact for Ship Repair JV

Photo: IRISL GROUP

 The initial agreement for establishing a Joint Venture Company in ship repair sector, was signed between Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO), Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line(IRISL) and ‎ National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide on Lower Cargo Volumes

File Image: A so-called SuezMax tanker transits the Suez Canal (CREDIT: Suez Canal Authority)

34 VLCC MidEast cargoes fixed for early Jan -Reuters terminal; only nine fixed so far for mid-Jan.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a new nine-month high this week, are on course to soften amid a weaker cargo market as owners wait for more charters to be


Exhibition on Risk of Oil Pollution from Ships

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The International Group is collaborating with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPC) Funds and other industry organisations to produce an exhibition at the IMO to mark the achievements of the international community over the past 50


Six Migrants Die in Mediterranean, 300 Rescued

Rescuers saved around 300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday but recovered six dead bodies during the operations, the Italian coastguard said.   Coastguard and naval ships as well as two privately owned tugs rescued the people from four boats in the


Emission Policies Update

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 An overview of worldwide emission control policies and technologies has been presented at an international workshop in Hong Kong, China (14 to 16 December 2016).    International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Heike Deggim outlined the current regulations and recent work in the


Pacific Islands for Energy Efficiency

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 An energy efficiency workshop for Pacific Island countries and territories has been held in Port Vila, Vanuatu (12-14 December).    The event helped participants gain knowledge and tools to develop national strategies and clear policies to improve energy efficiency in maritime


Nairobi: Understanding Wreck Removal

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A meeting of salvage and wreck professionals in London, United Kingdom has been introduced to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention.   The treaty provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed


Guinea Workshop Plays Through Maritime Security Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Piracy, armed robbery and border security scenarios are being played out in a table top exercise for officials in Conakry, Guinea (6-8 December).    The International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led event is the latest in a long series of exercises held in the West Africa region


Preventing Maritime Traffic Delays

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 Facilitation of maritime traffic is on the agenda at a national seminar being held in Manila, the Philippines (6-8 December), with thirty participants from ministries responsible for clearing ships, cargo, crew and passengers at ports of the Philippines, and private stakeholders. 


Morocco: Four Migrants Drown, 34 Rescued

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


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






 
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