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USCG Issues Safety Alert

The US Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis issued a Safety Alert advising that certain emergency escape hoods manufactured by Brookdale International Systems, Inc. are being voluntarily recalled by that company. Even though such devices are not Coast Guard approved, they are carried on some vessels. Companies that have such devices on their ships should contact the manufacturer at to determine whether your particular item is subject to the recall. source: HK Law

CG Issues Safety Alert for Faulty Liferaft

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that servicing of some inflatable liferafts by AMPAK facilities in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) and Panama City (Florida) may not have been proper. Work has been found in some instances to be improper and tests in some instances were not actually performed. The AMPAK facilities were not authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to service liferafts. The AMPAK facilities have apparently ceased operations

Jamaica Strives to Reduce Death at Sea

Captain Steven Spence (Photo: Jamaica Ship Registry)

Jamaica Joins the Pledge to Reduce the Loss of Lives at Sea Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping.

Tundra Incorporates Security Management System

Photo: Tundra Maritime Defense Services

Tundra Maritime Defense Services (MDS) has completed Stage 1 of the ISO/PAS 28007 process in collaboration with Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). Already SAMI Stage 1 and ISO 9001 certified, Tundra MDS have now incorporated a Security Management System (SMS) which they say allows them to demonstrate their reliability and professionalism to potential customers measured against a consistent and highly-demanding International Standard.

Marine Insurance & the “Human Factor”

Insurance underwriters of diversified maritime exposures see a wide variety of approaches taken by vessel operators to manage human error to control risk. They have found through experience that the majority of hull and liability claims can be traced to a breakdown in preparedness and decision-making. Maritime operators that set a high bar and build well-constructed methods of managing the human element of risk – and those that monitor it closely – can save significantly on

New Orleans Spill Response Update

The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin stating that the safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River has reduced in scope and now extends from mile marker 20 to mile marker 97.  Vessels within the safety zone are to proceed at the slowest safe speed.  The Unified Command issued a press release stating that salvage of the barge continues.  Clean-up of the lower portion of the impacted area is largely complete. (HK Law)

LNG Meeting Set for December

A two-day conference on LNG Development in the Northeast will be presented in Boston on December 5-6. Topics on the agenda include: LNG and its rising demand; State regulatory perspectives; Safety & security in the post-9/11 world; USCG perspectives on security issues; and Industry perspectives on safety issues. For more information visit:

Hurricane Katrina – USCG Operations in Sector New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin expressing its appreciation for the overwhelming industry support during the ongoing response effort to Hurricane Katrina. Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Morgan City will serve as the primary point of contact for the marine industry with regard to Sector New Orleans issues. Source: HK Law

SOCP 2011 April Meeting Registration

The theme for the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) April meeting is “Supported Project Topics and Working Groups Issues. SOCP invites maritime industry representatives to attend and participate in our April 2011 meeting to be held at STAR Center, Dania Beach, Flla. The discussions in this meeting will focus on SOCP supported projects and products currently under development for the benefit of the entire industry

Lloyd’s Register Issues Green Passport to Crowley Barge

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. has issued a Green Passport to the Crowley Petroleum Services barge 650-3 that was recently christened in Mobile, Ala., for entry into the company’s U.S. coastwise service. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued Guidelines on Ship Recycling to improve the standards of safety and reduce environmental pollution resulting from the scrapping of ships in 2003. The guidelines introduced the concept of the Green Passport

SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016

ABS and ABS Group are conducting seminars for industry stakeholders seeking to learn more about Subchapter M and compliance options. Pictured here are attendees and speakers at a recent event in Paducah, KY.

Outsourcing, E-Solutions Help Mariners “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Prove it.” The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016. That means that the clock is now ticking loudly for those towing operations that

New Risks Moving Crude Oil by Rail

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The rapidly changing landscape of crude oil exploration and drilling in the US and Canada, together with economic considerations, logistical issues related to pipeline transport, and the availability of new types of crude oils, including Bakken crude and various forms of bitumen

IRS Scores High with US Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has placed the International Register of Shipping (IRS) in the top bracket of those recognized organizations (RO) that consistently achieve zero detentions for its registered vessels for the third time in just six years.   

MOL's Vessel Safety Campaign Launch Tomorrow

Scene from the previous campaign

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the launch of its biannual vessel safety campaign on October 1, targeting all MOL-operated vessels. The current campaign centers on prevention of onboard fires. MOL positions safe operation as a social commitment and the highest priority in all

IMO Only Place for Global Debate on Shipping CO2

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 As world leaders prepare for key negotiations on climate change in Bonn and Paris later this year, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu has issued a strong call for any discussion on shipping’s contribution to global CO2 emissions to be held at IMO.  

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India    Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from

Crew Engagement and Culture Key to Workboat Safety

Photo: Helm Operations

Some 50 percent of crews working on offshore support vessels are willing to compromise safety rather than say “no” to clients or senior management, while nearly 80 percent believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices

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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

TSB to Investigate Tug Incident in Fraser River

The TSB is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following the girding and sinking of the tug Sea Imp X in the North Arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia. The occurrence took place yesterday at approximately 20:00 PDT.

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

Image: International Marine Contractors Association

 The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members

Singapore Navy Rescues Five Crew from Capsized Trawler

Five Malaysian fishermen staying afloat on the keel of the capsized fishing trawler while waiting to be rescued. Photo: Republic of Singapore Navy

 A patrol vessel of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has rescued five crew members from a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler that had capsized in Singapore waters, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).   The trawler, PAF 4658

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.   The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian

Caterpillar Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO

  Caterpillar Inc. has been named to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), recognizing Caterpillar as a sustainability leader in the Industrial Engineering sector. This marks the 16th time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI list.

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

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING

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