The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued guidance regarding administration of examinations for certain deck and engine licenses. In order to accommodate provisions of the STCW Convention, various licensing examinations were changed effective 1 February 2002. Affected mariners already holding licenses, though, were allowed to utilize the old examination through 31 January 2007. That deadline has now been extended indefinitely. Source: HK Law
The London P&I Club reported that one of its members recently suffered an onboard fire as a result of the wilful misdescription by shippers of a chemical cargo. London P&I warns that there is a danger of further such incidents occurring, given the nature of modern transport logistics. The cargo involved was calcium hypochlorite, a chemical in widespread use throughout the world, most commonly in the treatment and purification of water
The Department of Homeland Security issued Supplemental Guidance on how to apply for a grant under the current round of the Port Security Grant Program.
The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations
ABS, provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, announced the release of the ABS Guidance Notes on Accidental Load Analysis and Design for Offshore Structures. ABS developed a new and unique Guidance Note for assessing the structural consequences of accidental loads. While conventional design criteria typically take into account such variables as wind, wave, current and weather conditions, they do not include guidance on assessing design integrity under the
The IMO issued a Circular providing guidelines on early assessment of hull damage and possible need for abandonment of bulk carriers. Companies that operate bulk carriers are urged to issue ship specific guidance, based on these guidelines, to masters of bulk carriers with a view to improving the precautionary measures and procedures for emergencies on board such ships. MSC Circ. 1143
The IMO issued a Circular providing guidance to masters, companies, and duly authorized officers on requirements relating to submission of security-related information prior to entry of a ship into port. This effort is intended to prevent the proliferation of different demands for security-related information, which are neither conducive to the enhancement of maritime security nor promote the facilitation of maritime traffic. Note: with agencies of the U.S
The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled Guidance related to Waterfront Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facilities. The purpose of the 56-page document is to provide guidance to: (1) an owner or operator seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build and operate a LNG facility, and (2) the Coast Guard as it assesses LNG marine operations under its regulations and fulfills its commitment to FERC
The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued Policy Letter 07-02 entitled Qualifications for a License as Mate (Pilot) on Towing Vessels. The letter provides guidance regarding persons seeking such license who began service or training before May 21, 2001 and who will complete all requirements before May 21, 2003. Source: HK Law
Blank Rome issued a Maritime Developments Advisory as follows: The United States Coast Guard issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on August 31, 2009 on long-awaited new regulations concerning the following: (i) requiring owners and operators of nontank vessels to prepare and submit oil spill nontank vessel response plans (NTVRPs); (ii) updating the international Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) requirements; and (iii) requiring owners and operators to submit their
Following recent reports in the media regarding the use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport wishes to clarify the position regarding the approval and use of EPIRBs in Ireland.
US-based manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls and power generation products, Regal Beloit, has closed on the acquisition of Cemp, s.r.l., a European manufacturer of hazardous duty motors primarily for oil and gas and marine applications.
A recent report US Government Audit Office (GAO) report, mandated by the House, discussed amongst other issues: (1) quality problems in constructing recently delivered ships and Navy actions to improve quality and (2) key practices employed by leading commercial ship buyers and
DNV GL is initiating a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to provide guidance on an alternative means of personnel transfer onto offshore installations, sometimes referred to as 'Walk to Work' (W2W). Background The “Walk to Work” (W2W) approach
A new training program has been launched by Maersk Training that aims to minimize incidents through human error in marine environments. The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) debuted a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC). The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August although, in practice for many ships
The Standard Club will address an audience of over 120 Turkish shipowner representatives and brokers on the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) at a seminar at the Turkish Chamber of Shipping in Istanbul on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Turkey is expected to ratify the MLC in the near future
Bureau Veritas has developed rules and guidance notes for operation in Arctic environments. These include a Cold notation, Polar Class Rules, guidelines for Ice class selection and rules for designing propulsion in ice. The following is from Bureau Veritas’ VeriSTAR News newsletter:
DONG Energy, a leading energy group with offshore interests in Northern Europe, announce that Goldman Sachs will subscribe for new shares for DKK 8 billion, ATP for DKK 2.2 billion and PFA for DKK 0.8 billion. Coincidentally, Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen will step down as CFO after 11 years with
Superior Energy Services (Superior) announce that the Houston Business Journal (HBJ) has recognized Blaine Edwards, a Superior assistant general counsel, as the Best Associate General Counsel of a Small Legal Department for the 2013 Best Corporate Counsel Awards.
A competent workforce is a productive one, and operates with fewer risks, meaning shorter downtimes and fewer injuries. Effective competence schemes established by companies of all sizes ensure confidence in the offshore industry, and that all people appointed to safety-critical positions can
Maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime Intelligence, has issued guidance to seafarers on the latest framework of standards to be issued by the maritime security industry. Dryad's advisory considers and comments upon the three main proposed standards that are currently hot topics of
Dryad Maritime Intelligence, a U.K. maritime intelligence provider, issued guidance on the latest framework of standards to be issued by the maritime security industry. Their advisory considers and comments upon the three main proposed standards that are currently hot topics of debate in the
Carnival Corp profits slipped-year-on-year according to its third quarter 2013 financial report: non-GAAP net income of $1.1 billion, or $1.38 diluted EPS for the third quarter of 2013 compared to non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2012 of $1.2 billion, or $1.53 diluted EPS.
Simulators are used increasingly in the marine contracting industry, in particular for training and competence purposes, but also for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research and asset risk assessment