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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


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


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.


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.


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 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


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


LR Statuatory Alert:

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Amendments to the IAMSAR Manual to come into effect on 1 July, 2013. Applicability: All shipowners, operators and managers. Amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual will come into effect on 1 July. 2013*. These are detailed in the IMO Circular, MSC.1/Circ. 1415. The amendments reflect recent changes made to the carriage requirements for radiocommunication equipment on ships, and include significant updates to volume III of the Manual


Vessel Damage Stability: IMO Sub-Committee Completes Review

The IMO’s Sub-committee on Stability and Load Lines & on Fishing Vessels Safety (SLF) has reviewed and finalised the draft Guidelines. The Sub-committee had, at its last meeting in January 2012 also developed draft amendments to mandatory instruments. These amendments to MARPOL Annex I, IBC, BCH, GC and IGC Codes as well as the Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) were also reviewed and finalised at this meeting.


Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie


Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium's application to provide global maritime distress and safety system services receives support from International Maritime Organization subcommittee Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of


Perils of Heavy Ship Containers Debated

Chris Evans speaking at the WISTA-UK Forum (Credit WISTA)

Maritime experts are torn on how to curb the menace of overweight shipping containers, which cause severe accidents at sea and on the roads. The difficulties of resolving false declarations of the weight and content of boxes were underlined during a panel discussion at the WISTA-UK Liverpool Forum


Container Weighing a Task for Shippers Not Terminals: ESPO

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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) says it welcomes the recent decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that containers must be weighed before being stowed on board ship; however it  stresses that the weighing of containers should not burden port handling activities.


IMO's MSC Meeting Approves Important SOLAS Amendments

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IMO informs that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted important SOLAS amendments related to inert gas systems as well as amendments to a number of treaties to bring into force the mandatory IMO audit scheme. In addition it has approved, in principle


Increased Safety With Mandatory Weighing Of Containers

Last week, the IMO approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea. The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board.  


Container Load Weighing Becomes Mandatory

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The IMO has approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea informs the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) . The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board.


Ultra-Large Containership Tow: USCG Evaluate Bay Exercise

SF Bay towing exercise: Photo USCG

US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco advise that its personnel joined with  CMA CGM – the third-largest shipping group – along with other local industry partners to test the Bay Area’s capability to tow ultra-large container vessels.


Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions

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United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. Following several years of intense negotiations


IMO Approve New Safety Regulations for Polar Navigation

Arctic Navigation: Image DMA

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) informs that the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships.


Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO's MSC Agenda

Lifeboat photo credit IMO

IMO advises that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization's London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014, and a preview of main agenda items follows: The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at


KR Mobile App Contains IMO Conventions

Photo: Korean Register

Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, announces the release of a new mobile app containing all up-to-date IMO conventions. This brand new facility is based on KR’s award winning KR-CON software which is an international database program containing the full


SCI Announces Silver Bell Honorees

Jim McNamara (left) and Orrin H. Ingram

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the recipients of awards it will confer at its 37th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City on Thursday, June 5, 2014. SCI presents the Silver Bell Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership in the maritime community, to Orrin H


SNAME to Host Energy Efficiency Workshop

Jeff Lantz

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) will host a workshop on Marine Energy Efficiency for ships, tugs, ferries and OSVs at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, March 11-12.


IMO Update: Shipping in polar waters

Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training






 
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