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ISM Code Enters Second Phase of Implementation

The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) became mandatory for most ships trading internationally on July 1, 2002. Compliance with the Code has been mandatory for tankers, passenger ships and bulk carriers since July 1998, under the first phase of ISM implementation, and now all other vessels covered by the SOLAS Convention, which includes all but the smallest internationally-trading vessels, must comply. “This is a significant day for the shipping industry and for all those involved with shipping,” said William A. O’Neil, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). “This is a positive step which contributes to IMO’s goals of safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans,” he added. O’Neil said that development of the ISM Code and making it mandatory for SOLAS ships can be considered one of the most important developments in maritime safety in recent years. “Previously, IMO's attempts to improve shipping safety and to prevent pollution from ships had been largely directed at improving the hardware of shipping - for example, the construction of ships and their equipment. The ISM Code, by comparison, concentrates on the way shipping companies are run,” he said. “This is important, because we know that human factors account for most accidents at sea - and that many of them can ultimately be traced to management


Integrated Maritime Auditor (ISM/ISPS) Training

This three-day classroom course, which is a combined ISM Code familiarization, ISPS Code familiarization, and internal auditor course will help students develop a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. It is a highly participatory combination of presentations, group discussions, and case studies, plus individual and syndicate exercises


Six-Month Grace Period For STCW 95 Compliance

IMO has issued advice to port state control officers that, for a period of six months after the February 1, 2002 implementation deadline for the revised Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), ships whose officers do not hold STCW 95 certificates or flag state endorsements need not be detained. The move comes in recognition of the fact that many seafarers have not yet been able to obtain the necessary certification required by the


Liberia: Shipping Does Not Need New Regulations

One of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers, The Liberian Registry, has called on shipping regulators to ensure the effective implementation of existing rules to protect human life, safety and the environment, rather than creating new rules and regulations instead. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said


Lloyd's Offers ISM and the DPA Training

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Lloyd’s Register offers in-depth knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the DPA. Attendees of this course will gain the knowledge and skills required by the IMO MSC-MEPC7 / circ.6 (October 19, 2007). The two-day course was designed to provide the knowledge and skills required in accordance with the guidance and recommendation given by the IMO. Through a highly participative combination of presentations, group discussions, case studies plus individual and syndicate exercises


Marshall Islands Observe ISM Code Before Deadline

The Marshall Islands can confirm that all vessels on its ships register affected by Phase II of the International Safety Management (ISM) code were in full compliance ahead of the July 1 deadline. Those vessels registered with the Marshall Islands that do not comply with ISM are exempt by virtue of the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) compliance definitions, are in lay-up or have been foreign bareboat charter registered in another flag-state jurisdiction.


Alyeska Honors Crowley with Exceptional Award of Merit

Crowley's ship assist and escort services group was recently honored by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company with a 2002 Exceptional Award of Merit. The award honors Crowley for implementing a new Environmental, Safety and Quality Assurance (ESQA) Management System, and for achieving perfect environmental and safety records for 2002. Crowley's new ESQA Management System fully meets and integrates four internationally certified management codes: the International Safety Management (ISM)


The Increasing Importance of Preventative Maintenance

The U.S. Coast Guard is adapting their compliance procedures to suit the recent IMO requirements. It is modifying their inspection requirements by implementing a USCG streamlined vessel inspection (SIP) scheme allowing vessel owner/operator inspections to replace certain regular inspections by the USCG, on the basis of an approved Maintenance Program. Likewise, Classification Societies (ABS, DNV and Lloyds) are accepting approved Preventive Maintenance Programs to replace special


An ISO Standards New Year’s Resolution:

Captain Katherine Sweeney

Objectives & Targets add up to “Saying What You Mean, Meaning what You Say and then, Proving it.”   As a maritime compliance auditor in the field, I’m often called upon to explain the ISO’s (International Standards Organization) approach to continual improvement which says a company shall establish, implement and maintain documented objectives and targets at each relevant function and level within the organization


ABS Audits Univan Tanker

Hong Kong based Univan Shipmanagement becomes the latest organization to achieve certification from class society ABS in order to meet the IMO’s International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code in preparation for the July 2004 implementation date. Univan Ship Management and its sister company Pacific Marine, together manage a diverse fleet of over one hundred vessels comprising tankers, bulk carriers, pure car carriers, chemical tankers, container carriers, general cargo vessels, reefers


Luxembourg Authorizes KR for Statutory Services

Jeon Jeong-chong, General Manager of KR’s Convention & Legislation Service Team, with Robert Biwer, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (Photo: KR)

Korean Register authorized to deliver statutory services to Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg   Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, announces that it has signed an MOU governing the delegation of statutory certification services for vessels registered in the Grand-Duchy of


Latvia Authorizes Korean Register Statutory Services

Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has been authorized as a “recognized organization” of the Latvian government to deliver statutory services. The authorization means KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys


Bouchard to Receive Tug & Barge Safety Award

Photo courtesy of Bouchard Transportation

Independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. will be honored by nonprofit maritime trade association American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) with the 2014 AMS Tug & Barge Safety Award. The Tug & Barge Award


ClassNK: Annual Report on Port State Control

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Classification society ClassNK announced the release of its annual Port State Control (PSC) report. Port State Control inspections have proved to be a highly effective tool for eliminating substandard ships that may be in operation, ensuring maritime safety as well as reducing maritime pollution


LR Alert: Changes to the ISM Code

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Amendments to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code will enter into force on 1 January, 2015, introducing new requirements for manning and company verification, and new references to related IMO guidance, as follows: Changes to manning requirements


Technical Superintendents' Module 3 Training Course

Work station: File photo

Netherlands Maritime Technology inform that it has developed a dedicated course for technical superintendents. Ensuring that participants can fully comply with the ISM code, the course also offers practical knowledge that helps superintendents in their daily work.


Port of Mumbai: Monsoon Season & Availability of Anchorages

The foul weather season has been declared from May 25 to August 31, in the Port of Mumbai. During this period, the anchorage area of the [Mumbai] inner harbour is restricted to a line, which is normally north of the Sunk Rock Light House position.  


Joint Safety Alert: DPS Failure on Vessels

USCG, BSEE issue joint safety alert regarding Dynamic Positioning System Failures   Discussion: This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident on a vessel resulting in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity


RS Bolsters Education, Science and Production Ties

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said it is actively strengthening partnership in key areas of enhancing maritime transport safety. In 2014, meetings of four sections of the RS Scientific and Technical Council (STC) were held. Scientific and educational centers


Warning on Dangers of Cargo Fumigation at Sea

Cargo Fumigation: Image courtesy of UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club says it has received reports of a number of accidents and injuries to crew members resulting from the inadvertent release of highly toxic phosphine gas or the effects of fires and explosions, both caused by the unsafe disposal of residues of aluminium phosphide following the


Flag State Performance Table: 'Clean Sheet' for UK

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According to the Chamber of Shipping's (ICS) latest Flag State Performance Table, the UK has no negative indicators against any of the 18 criteria ICS uses to assess performance. The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) says that 1,388 ships, with a gross tonnage of 16


ICS Publishes Performance Table Following Onset of MLC

Simon Bennett

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its latest Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table (which can be downloaded from the ICS website – www.ics-shipping.org). ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett explained


IMO Assembly to Adopt Mandatory Audit Scheme

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 28th session in London, is expected to adopt key resolutions and amendments relating to the organization’s mandatory audit scheme, paving the way for the scheme to come into effect by 2016 once amendments to


London P&I Club Warns on Need for ECDIS Training

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The London P&I Club said the timetable for the mandatory implementation of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) is advancing and that owners must take account of the potential risks involved in replacing more traditional means of voyage planning and monitoring with advanced


GL Academy Responds to Growing Asian Needs

Seminar on Damages to the Hull Structure: ST Marine participants with Mr Julio Guevara Quinteros (6th from left, back row).

GL Academy, the maritime training arm of classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has increased the number and scope of trainings which it delivers to meet the growing needs of Asia's maritime communities. The seminars, which have focussed on a broad range of topics






 
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