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USCG – Exams for Certain Deck and Engine Licenses

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


Shipping Industry Issues Ebola Virus Red Alert

The Ebola Virus: Image courtesy of Maritime London

Three global shipping organisations have issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus, and similar alerts have been issued by the P&I clubs, according to trade organization Maritime London. The ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), IMEC (International Maritime Employers’ Council), and the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) urgently advise that on all such vessels:


IMO Issues Circular on Mass Rescue

The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations


Port Security Grants Supplemental Guidance Issued

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.


Abandon Ship? IMO Weighs in on Assessing Hull Damage

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


Dangers of Chemical Cargo Misdescription

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


Submission of Information Before Making Port

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


Guidance on Waterfront LNG Facilities

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


New ABS Guidance Notes: Accidental Load Analysis

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


US Issues First Guidance on Petroleum Exports

The Obama administration released on Tuesday a long-awaited explanation of what petroleum is allowed to be shipped under the contentious 40-year ban on exports of most domestic crude. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released the guidance in the form of frequently asked questions, or FAQ, in the first effort by the administration to clarify an issue that has caused confusion and consternation in energy markets for more than a year.


ClassNK's Structural Rules for Bulkers & Tankers

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  The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the establishment of its “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tanker” (Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships Part CSR-B&T) on 27 February 2015


USCG Issues LNG Bunkering Policy Letters

The port of Jacksonville could become a key LNG bunkering center in the United States. (Credit: Ramunas Bruzas)

USCG completes LNG bunkering regulations with reference to DNV GL’s Recommended Practice   Responding to the industry’s need for more guidance on procedures related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published two new Policy Letters on LNG


ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering

Image courtesy of Harvey Gulf

  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector's increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS' Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today


Resilience & the Maritime Industry

Dennis L. Bryan

Resilience is defined generally as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks.  Setbacks are inevitable.  Individuals and entities are best judged by their resilience – their ability to get back on track after experiencing a reversal. 


RS Certifies Containers for Upper Stage Rockets

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) informed it has expanded its competencies in certifying containers for dangerous goods.   In 2014 RS certified a new specific type of containers for upper stage rockets by request of Lavochkin Research and Production Association


ClassNK Amends Rules for Steel Ships

Classification society ClassNK has amended its rules and guidance for the survey and construction of steel ships.   ClassNK said it regularly revises and amends its rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea


RINA - Lloyd's Maritime Safety Award

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  The safety of the seafarer and the maritime environment begins with good design, followed by sound construction and efficient operation. Naval architects and engineers involved in the design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures can make a significant contribution


BWTS Retrofit for UK Casualty Ship

RFA Argus (Photo: Open Government License)

Houlder working with A&P Group toward the installation of ballast water treatment equipment on RFA Argus    The U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s RFA Argus serves as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship maintaining a 100-bed medical complex aboard


Metcalf to Succeed Cox at CSA Helm

Kathy Metcalf (Photo: CSA)

Kathy J. Metcalf will assume the role of president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), succeeding Joseph J. Cox, who will retire on May 31, 2015, though will continue to assist the organization on various issues in an advisory capacity.  


Kirby Reports Record Earnings

Kirby CEO Joe Pyne (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings of $68.1 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 (ended December 31). The results bested 2013’s fourth quarter figures of $64.3 million, $1.13 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2014 Q4 increased 18% to $668


INTERTANKO Welcomes EMSA Sulphur Inspection Guidance

Katharina Stanzel (Photo courtesy of INTERTANKO)

INTERTANKO issued a press statement today stating its approval for the recently completed European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Sulphur Inspection Guidance supporting the implementation of Council Directive 1999/32/EC.   EMSA’s guidance aims to support a harmonized approach for the


Turbine Maker Vestas to pay Dividend

Analysts disappointed by 2015 financial targets; shares fall over 6 percent. Danish wind turbine maker Vestas proposed its first dividend payment in 12 years after beating fourth-quarter profit forecasts, though its shares fell on what analysts described as conservative targets for 2015.


Inflatable Liferaft Service Requirements Amended

SOLAS regulation III/20.8 requires inflatable liferafts to be serviced at intervals not exceeding 12 months. It also requires the servicing to be carried out at an approved servicing station which is competent to service them, maintains proper servicing facilities and uses only properly trained


ISS Offers Advice on Philippines' Passenger Charge

ISS GMT offers guidance to marine and offshore workers on Philippines’ International Passenger Service Charge    ISS GMT Manila has issued clarification in respect of a change to the procedure for the collection of the International Passenger Service Charge which was introduced


BSEE Issues Alert on DP System Failure

Dynamic positioning system failures on offshore supply vessels engage in oil and gas operations in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf   The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued a Joint Safety Alert addressing a dynamic positioning (DP) incident involving an






 
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