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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

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


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


Frontline Sees Limited Effect on Demand From 'Balanced' OPEC Cut

* Crude oil tanker firm Frontline says a potential "balanced cut and cap from OPEC", as suggested by some analysts, is not expected to have a large impact on the tanker market * Says significant volume cuts by OPEC, although unlikely, would be negative for tanker freight demand


Innovation for Sustainable Transport

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A UN conference has highlighted the importance of technology and innovation in ensuring sustainable transport for all.    International Maritime Organization (IMO)  was present at the UN’s first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in Ashgabat


Enhancing Maritime Security in the Dominican Republic

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A table-top exercise on maritime security has been held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (1-2 December) to assist the country to effectively implement provisions that fall within the scope of  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  maritime security measures


Maritime Surveillance on Agenda in Mozambique

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A project to provide a single display maritime surveillance system for Mozambique has been commissioned and handed over to the country’s Government in Maputo (1 December).    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) -supported project is set to boost maritime


Cruising for a Better and Equal World

 The cruiseship MS Koningsdam, will be the backdrop of the Women’s InternationalShipping and Trading Association’s Annual General Meeting (9-13 November).    Departing in Port Everglades with stops in Miami and the Bahamas


Argentina Workshop Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships have been on the agenda at an International Maritime Organization (IMO)  workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina (8-10 November).    Officials from Argentina’s maritime administration


IMO’s Climate Change Mandate

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An audience of lawyers and academics have heard that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) gives a clear mandate for IMO to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from or through the atmosphere and to address climate change.  


Focus on Maritime Security Measures at Guinea-Bissau Workshop

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A range of maritime security scenarios are being played out in a table top exercise for officials in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (14-16 November).    Participants from Government departments and national agencies, including the Maritime Authority


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:  


MSRC Opened for Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 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


Foreign Consortium to Build Vietnamese Port

 Vietnam has approved a foreign consortium's plan to invest around $315 million in a seaport and industrial zone complex in northern Quang Ninh province, the government said on Saturday. The licence was handed on Friday to the consortium including CDC International Corp from Cayman Island


Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 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


Collaborators to Develop LNG Deliveries in North UK and North Sea

From left to right: Michael Cobb, ExxonMobil; Andrew Scott, Babcock; Ian Lindsay, Babcock; Angus Campbell, BSM; Michael Morrison, Orkney; Gavin Barr, Orkney; Mark Gilks, Calor; and Luca Volta, ExxonMobil (Photo: © Colin Keldie)

Aiming to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the U.K. and North Sea, including bunkering, partners ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)


India Takes Steps To Prevent Attacks On Vessels

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo: Twitter official page

 Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer  incidents of pirate attacks.    Steps taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future are:-  


Enhancing Search and Rescue Services in Western Africa

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting countries in western Africa to enhance their national search and rescue (SAR) services with a regional training course and meeting taking place in Lagos, Nigeria this week.   






 
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