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IMO: Piracy Up 4%

The IMO issued a Maritime Safety Committee circular providing the annual report for 2002 of reports on acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. The number of such acts reported to the IMO during 2002 was 383, an increase of 4% over the figure for 2001. The most affected area was the Far East, with 140 incidents reported in the South China Sea alone. MSC.4/Circ.32 (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight “Maritime Items”)

Revised Standards for Ship Security Alert systems

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular to its shipowners advising them that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recently revised the performance standards for a ship security alert system. Marine Circular No. 23 of 2003 Source: HK Law

U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee - Meetings

The U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State, will conduct two meetings in Washington, DC. The November 26 meeting will finalize preparations for the 76th Session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee. Items on the agenda include large passenger vessel safety, bulk carrier safety, and measures to enhance maritime security. This meeting will also finalize preparations for the International

RINA creates Giuliano Pattofatto scholarship

Italian classification society RINA has created a scholarship to honor the memory of Giuliano Pattofatto, technical director of RINA and former chairman of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee, who died last year. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a final year student in Naval Architecture at the University of Genoa. It will fund an internship at the International Maritime Organisation, to allow the student to understand the processes of international ship safety regulation.

IMO Head Defends Ship Size, Regs

Koji Sekimizu Secretary General of the IMO. (Source: IMO)

According to the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the world’s largest ships are well regulated and safe, Bloomberg news agency reported following an interview.  In the wake of the dramatic Costa Concordia casualty nearly three weeks ago off the coast of Italy, continued coverage by mainstream media has again put the maritime industry in a harsh light, with everything under scrutiny: from crew nationality and training procedure; to the Captain’s

Passenger ship safety recommendations agreed by IMO’s MSC

Recommended interim measures to enhance passenger ship safety, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its latest meeting in London Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012.

SCC to Meet May 1

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on May 1. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee. Topics on the agenda include: long range identification and tracking of ships; amendments to the IMDG Code and the STCW Convention; passenger ship safety; and measures to enhance maritime security. 71 Fed. Reg

Global Cruise Industry Adopts New Safety Policies

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) &  European Cruise Council (ECC) announce that the cruise industry has adopted two new safety policies The new policies address issues related to the recording of passenger nationality and the common elements of musters and emergency instructions, resulting from the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched in January 2012. The Nationality of Passengers policy was developed in response to the request of governments at the May

ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships

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Classification society ClassNK has published the third version of its Guidelines for Gas Fuelled Ships which aims to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on key design features relating to bunkering, hull structure, fire safety and explosion prevention measure.   As restrictions on sulfur emissions within ECAs tightened to 0.1% on January 1, 2015 amid stronger calls for a greener shipping industry, attention has turned to the potential of natural gas as a sulfur-free

IMO Adopts Polar Code Environmental Provisions

IMO has taken the very last step towards making the consolidated Polar Code internationally binding

  United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code. Hereby, internationally binding regulations on navigation in polar waters become effective from 1 January 2017. The IMO has taken the very last step towards making the consolidated Polar Code internationally binding. Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68) adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code

IMO’s Sekimizu Condemns People Smugglers

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

Prompted by recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has voiced

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

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Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting.   The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership

IMO Welcomes UN Resolution on Migrant Smuggling

“There is a clear recognition among IMO Member States that using the SAR system to respond to mass mixed migration was neither foreseen nor intended, and that although Governments and the merchant shipping industry will continue rescue operations, safe, legal, alternative pathways to migration must be developed, including safe, organized migration by sea, if necessary”

  IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a UN Security Council resolution which authorizes Member States to intercept vessels suspected of migrant smuggling off the Libyan coast.

American Maritime Safety Award for Crowley

Safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices

  Crowley Maritime Corporation was recognized today with a 2015 AMS Safety Award by American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) for the company’s implementation of a drug and alcohol awareness program for crewmembers that perform safety-sensitive functions on vessels calling U.S. ports

Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage

IMO’s MEPC Set to Adopt Polar Code Provisions

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Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee   The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London

IMRF, McMurdo Partner on SAR Initiatives

Bruce Reid (Photo: IMRF)

The IMRF, the charity supporting maritime SAR service globally, and McMurdo, a company in search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions, announced a partnership aiming at several key search and rescue (SAR) initiatives to be launched at next week’s World Maritime Rescue Congress

ICS Publishes Annual Review

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review of maritime policy developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting and to coincide with this week’s meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee.   

Helm Report Says Workboat, OSV Safety Compromised

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations

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

AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016.

IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

Sekimizu (left) and Swing pledged to work together on a number of specific actions, including the establishment of an inter-agency platform for information sharing on unsafe mixed migration by sea and the dissemination of information material on the dangers of such migration, in collaboration with other interested agencies. (Photo: IMO)

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment to urgently address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe mixed migration across the oceans and seas in

K&L Gates Welcomes Martinko

The Washington D.C., office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP has welcomed Stephen Martinko as a government affairs counselor in the public policy and law practice. Martinko joins the firm from the Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC), where he served as executive director of one of the largest

Lifejacket Donations to boost Safety in Torres Strait

Donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program

  Marine safety in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area is getting a boost with the donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) School Based Maritime Safety Education Project.

AWO Working Hard for the Domestic Workboat Market

Higman Barges by Capt. Darren Istre

The year 2015 has been a busy year for The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and for the industry AWO is privileged to represent. It’s a dynamic time for a vital industry that constitutes the largest segment of the U.S

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