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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

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.

IMCA Publishes Guidance on Simulator Usage

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

Simulators are used for many purposes in the offshore industry such as for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research, and asset risk assessment. Importantly too they are used in the training environment and as part of competence assessments where they enable measurable assessment of individuals in training to be undertaken.  

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world

BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

Image by FCWnow

 Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks.    In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and

DNV GL Issues Guidance on Inspection Planning

Photo: DNV GL

The low oil price and a reduction in newbuilds have driven the integrity of existing assets up the agenda for the oil & gas industry. However, the cost of inspection programs can be significant, adding to the operational costs.   DNV GL has now launched a recommended practice

ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  

ClassNK to Issue Guidance on Composite Propellers

Classification society ClassNK announced it will release the world’s first Guidelines on Composite Propellers (Part on Manufacturing/Product Inspection) on August 31.   The strength and corrosion resistance of composite materials makes them widely used in fields such as aerospace

ClassNK Verifies lino Marine Service GHG

Left: ClassNK Executive Vice President Mr. Koichi Fujiwara Right: Iino Marine Service President Hisahiro Oshima (Photo: ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK has carried out the independent third-party verification of Iino Marine Service’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory based on a reasonable level of assurance. ClassNK’s verification was performed according to the requirements specified in ISO 14064

Draft Increase at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River

The draft for the Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River has been increased from 45 to 47 feet following dredging, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. In early August, heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels reduced the

UK Chamber Releases Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK chamber of shipping  has launched "The Bribery Act 2010; Practical Guidance for the Shipping Industry”.    The guidelines will be launched at an event for members and shipping industry professionals as part of London international shipping week

Safeguarding Against Safety Concern on FLNG Installations

Press release - Accidental release of cryogenic liquids such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) poses a significant risk to personnel and assets on oil and gas installations. In addressing these risks, Lloyd’s Register Energy has developed a guidance note that provides a consistent methodology

Dryad Maritime Risk Analysis, 'A Maritime Nation'

Dryad Maritime operations headquarters in Portsmouth

  Dryad Maritime have featured in a special programme ‘A Maritime Nation’ commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and produced by ITN Productions. The current affairs programme aired this week as part of London

Denmark's Torm Sells Two Vessels, Exits Dry Bulk Shipping

Danish shipping company said on Wednesday it has sold two dry bulk vessels to an undisclosed buyer and will hand back a leased bulker at the beginning of October, marking its exit from the dry bulk shipping industry. Torm Anholt and Torm Bornholm are both so-called Panamax vessels and both

IACS Chairman Meets Industry Stakeholders b

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki

  ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has taken part in a series of meetings with maritime industry stakeholders in his capacity as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Together with IACS Secretary-General Robert Ashdown

CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355)

Rolls-Royce to Cut More Staff of Marine Unit

Warren East (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Britain's Rolls-Royce said it would cut an additional 400 staff from its marine business by the end of next year, its latest move to make the unit more efficient and cope with a fall in orders sparked by lower oil prices. The marine unit, which depends on oil and gas-related customers for about

ABS Deems Crowley Product Tankers 'LNG-Ready'

Ohio (Photo: Crowley Maritime Corp.)

Four-ship series built to ABS class is first to take advantage of LNG-Ready approval for potential conversion to LNG fuel in the future   ABS has issued the first LNG-Ready approval in accordance with its Guide for LNG Fuel Ready Vessels to a product tanker

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