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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 http://www.imo.org/includes/blastDataOnly.asp/data_id=7215/32-b&w.pdf (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


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.


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


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


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


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


ClassNK Amends IGC Code Rules and Guidance

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Classification society ClassNK has amended its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships in response to the latest industry developments, including amendments made to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC


SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

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A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed


Traffic Separation Schemes off Western Australia

Traffic Separation Schemes south-west WA Image courtesy AMSA

On 1 December 2016 two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off the south-west coast of Western Australia. Australia’s proposal to establish the schemes was approved by the International Maritime Organization earlier this year and adopted by its Maritime Safety


RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards

The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) confirmed at its 96th session held in London from May 11-20, 2016.  


Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Makes Good Progress

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 ​Stakeholders have been updated on progress made by the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project - Phase I.   The project is being executed and implemented by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and funded by the Norwegian Agency


Container Weighing Protocol Set for Port of Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has today filed a rule in its Marine Terminal Operating Schedule (MTOS) outlining its process for adherence to the IMO regulations regarding Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation VI/2, consistent with the U.S


Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management Approved

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The  Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation at its ninety sixth session (11 to 20 May 2016), having considered the urgent need to raise awareness on cyber risk threats and vulnerabilities, approved the Interim guidelines on maritime cyber risk management.


Industry Unprepared for New Container Weighing Rules, says IUMI

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 Helle Hammer, Managing Director Cefor & Chair of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Political Forum discuss about Container Weighing Rules.   As of 1 July 2016, only containers with a verified gross mass will be allowed to be loaded on board a vessel (although IMO


Houston International Seafarers Centers to honor Aalund in September

Niels Aalund, SVP, West Gulf Maritime Association (image: WGMA)

On September 24, 2016 the Houston International Seafarers Centers will host their Annual Maritime Gala . Niels Aalund, Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association, will be honored as the " Bronze Anchor Award” recipient.


IMB: Beware Commercial Impact of Cyber Attacks

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking shipping and maritime companies to be vigilant to the potential commercial impact that cyber-attacks can cause. IMB says that cyber security is not only about trying to identify and to prevent systems on board ships from getting hacked or


Shippers Need Practical Steps to Achieve Cyber Security

Rob Kenworthy (Photo: GTMaritime)

GTMaritime, provider of shipboard software solutions, says too many shipping companies have yet to take basic precautions for cyber security onboard ship.   While cyber security has become a hot topic on conference platforms and industry events around the world


Container Weight Regulations

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 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.  


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


ClassNK Publishes Latest Noise Code Guideline

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ClassNK has released its Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Second Edition).   ClassNK's first edition of the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships was released in July 2014


IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks

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At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines






 
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