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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


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.


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


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


Germany Does 'Pierhead Jump' Aboard MLC

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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


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


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


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


Promoting Facilitation in Fiji

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 A National Seminar on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic is being held in Suva, Fiji (13-15 July).    The event aims to assist Fiji to more effectively implement the Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL) and to advise on the recently-adopted amendments


Sub-Committee on III Meets

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 ​The third session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) has been opened by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim.    The agenda includes the regular casualty analysis work to review marine safety investigation report and


IMO Workshop in Morocco Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

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 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.    Participants from Moroccan governmental departments


Can Shipping Nations Act on Global Emissions?

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 Shipping was not included in the global temperature-reduction targets agreed in the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, yet the shipping industry pledged to move forward “in the spirit of Paris,” says a report in the WSJ.  


Hapag-Lloyd Selects INTTRA eVGM Service

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Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA announced an agreement under which Hapag-Lloyd will connect with the INTTRA eVGM Service for facilitating compliance with new International Maritime Organization container weight requirements. 


Promoting National Maritime Transport Policy in Saint Lucia

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 A national workshop in Saint Lucia has brought together participants from various Government bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the development of a national maritime transport policy.    The workshop is aimed at highlighting the promotion and development of such a policy


Winners of International Seafarers' Welfare Awards

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The winners of ISWAN's International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a high-profile ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The ceremony forms part of ISWAN's celebrations in the Philippines for the IMO Day of the Seafarer


Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets

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 Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.   “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the


Netherlands Opts for ‘Flexible’ Container Weighing

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

As of July 1, shippers and freight forwarders are required to verify the weight of a container before the container is loaded onto a ship.   The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment recently published the Dutch interpretation of the international regulations.


Germany Accedes to Treaty Covering Fishing Vessel Safety

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work to enhance fishing vessel safety received a boost today when Germany became the sixth State to accede to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement.    The Agreement involves a basic set of safety measures for larger high seas fishing vessels


New Bulk Terminals Trade Association Formed

The newly established Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) has been formed to provide the world’s bulk terminals with a united front at governmental level to ensure the sector can better face the environmental and commercial challenges ahead.  


Maritime Lawyer Dr. Frank Wiswall Gets 2015 International Maritime Prize

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 The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honoris Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI)


DCMA to continue Organizing Anchorage of Maritime Crafts in Dubai

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Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, revealed its continuing efforts in organizing anchorage of maritime crafts across Dubai waters


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


Global Tonnage Continues to Grow

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 2015 saw further growth in total Group entered tonnage, which increased from 1,047 billion GT as at August 2014 to 1,088 billion GT as at August 2015, says annual review of International Group P&I Clubs (IGP&I) published by Gard on July 14, 2016.  






 
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