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IMO Raises Seafarer Issues with US

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos and US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge met at IMO Headquarters on Friday, 14 January 2005 to discuss maritime security issues of mutual concern. During the meeting, Mr. Ridge expressed appreciation to IMO and its Member States for the rapid and comprehensive international response to maritime security issues following the September 2001 attacks in the United States, including the adoption of the special measures to enhance maritime security which entered into force on 1 July 2004 as part of the SOLAS Convention. Mr. Mitropoulos referred to work carried out by IMO in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on seafarer identification. He stressed the importance of treating seafarers as partners in the maritime security chain and highlighted the need for them to be able to take shore leave after working on board ships for long periods. Mr. Ridge drew attention to the need for authentification and verification of documents relating to individual seafarers and his concerns about fraudulent documentation. He stressed that the United States is looking for ways to move the process forward and said that he would share the Secretary-General's concerns with Washington agencies. The IMO Secretary-General welcomed the input of the United States and, in particular


As Concerns About Seaport Security Mount, the U.S. Government Reacts

"Maritime Domain Awareness" is the new watchword for the maritime community. The discovery of a well equipped, suspected Al-Qa'eda member in a cargo container in Italy was one of the recent stark lessons in the vulnerability of maritime transportation security. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard temporarily denied entry to the liquefied natural gas tanker Matthew to Boson for insufficient security and a crew member on another vessel who jumped ship in New Orleans was later found to have the


IMO To Address Maritime Security Issues

Experts in maritime security from governments and industry will gather in London next week at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for an inter-governmental meeting devoted to maritime security and counter-terrorism issues. A special intersessional working group of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will convene for a week-long session (February 11th-15th) to begin in earnest the process of reviewing and revising all existing IMO measures and procedures to


Senate Passes CG Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2004. Negotiations can now commence to resolve differences between this bill and the version adopted by the House of Representatives some time ago. The major difference between the two bills regards security plans for foreign vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The House bill would, in accordance with language in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA)


Security Regs Will Impact the Bottom Line

The North of England P&I club has warned its members this week that the International Maritime Organization's new ship-security rules could have a significant impact on the commercial aspects of their operations when it comes into force on 1 July 2004. In the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter 'Signals', the 45 million GT club says all existing and future contracts relating to ships' operations - including charterparties


Somali Pirate Victims: Lifeboats Spotted

Image courtesy of EU Naval Force

Photo update: sunken MV Albedo lifeboats sighted from the air on Somali beach. Earlier this week, EU Naval Force confirmed that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates in an anchorage close to the Somali coast since November 2010, had sunk in rough seas An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft closed the scene to search for survivors. During the aerial search, EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft sighted two life boats on a Somali beach


USCG Issues Port Security Guidelines

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 9-02 entitled Guidelines for Port Security Committees and Port Security Plans Required for U.S. Ports Building on its Maritime Homeland Security Mission, the Coast Guard Headquarters has advised its field units on how to structure the Port Security Committees and how to develop Port Security Plans. By February 28, 2003, each Captain of the Port (COTP) is to conduct a preliminary port level security assessment in


IMO Will Focus on Security Issues at the MSC

IMO Will Focus on Security Issues Security issues to fore at IMO safety meeting Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets for its 75th session from May 15 to 24 , as Member States prepare for a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December 2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted. Other major issues to be tackled include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for


News: Committee Discusses Marine Safety

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducted an oversight hearing regarding transportation security. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Committee Chair, noted that maritime security remains a daunting task. Mr. Jeffrey Shane, Under Secretary of Transportation Policy, discussed the role of the Department of Transportation regarding security and its coordination with the Department of Homeland Security. Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, U.S


Security Experts Confer on West Africa Maritime Security

More than 60 participants from the 20 coastal Member States  of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA)  joined international experts for a seminar on maritime and port security, held in Cotonou, Benin & organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Experts from France, the United States Coast Guard, the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Oman to Implement Maritime Communications Network

Image: Oman Maritime

Oman to roll out the national maritime communications network along its lengthy coastline soon, says Al-Madakhel Investment that has been tasked with design, construction and operation of the new maritime communications network. A report in Oman Daily Observer says that the Muscat-based Al


AsiaBio Buys Two Shipping Firms

Image by Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd

Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd's (AsiaBio) has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Hoe Leong Corp Ltd (HCL), Sumatec and Reachmont Logistics Sdn Bhd (RLSB) to facilitate the acquisition of Semua Shipping Sdn Bhd (SSSB) and Semado Maritime Sdn Bhd (SMSB) by the group. 


Gulf of Guinea Maritime Crime Down in 2014

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 U.K.-based marine intelligence firm Dryad Maritime has said that maritime crime incidents in the Gulf of Guinea decreased 18% year on year in 2014 when compared to 2013.  Attacks aimed at kidnapping crew members of the vessels increased in the region


Cutlass Express 2015 Commences

Indian Ocean nations and several international organizations gather for the beginning of the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.

  Maritime forces from East Africa, South Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations, the United States and several international organizations began the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.


Euronav NV IPO in the US

EURONAV NV

Euronav NV announced today the upsizing and pricing of its initial public offering in the United States.  The size of the offering has been increased from the initially announced 13,550,000 ordinary shares to 16,260,000 ordinary shares at an issue price per share of USD 12


Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the


Asean: Malaysia Prepares to Set Sail Into Maritime Disputes

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Will Malaysia’s chairmanship of Asean spur the establishment of a long-delayed maritime Code of Conduct (CoC), aimed at resolving territorial disputes between China and neighboring countries in the South China Sea?  A report appeared in New Strait Times in Singapore says that the


Maersk Line Gets new AEO number

  Maersk Line has been re-certified as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) with the AEO-F, the highest achievable accreditation in the European Union programme. The status benefits customers in several ways. The AEO-F certificate is granted to companies that meet particularly high


Seagull Secures Panama Flag Approval

Cecilia Hernandez, Magdalena Carrera and Victor Almengor from Panama Maritime Authority, during the audit of Seagull Maritime’s training center in Horten, Norway. (Photo courtesy of Seagull)

Seagull Maritime said it has secured training center approval from the Panama Maritime Authority, marking the first time that an overseas company has done so following the PMA’s 2014 change of leadership. The approval process included a two-day inspection of Seagull Maritime’s Horten


Metcalf to Succeed Cox at CSA Helm

Kathy Metcalf (Photo: CSA)

Kathy J. Metcalf will assume the role of president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), succeeding Joseph J. Cox, who will retire on May 31, 2015, though will continue to assist the organization on various issues in an advisory capacity.  


Training Coastguards is Key to Tackling Piracy

Photo: EU Naval Force

Training and mentoring of coastguards in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia is essential if coastal nations are to have effective control over their Territorial Waters and Economic Zones, says maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training Ltd (MAST).  


Indonesia, Malaysia to Discuss Maritime Issues

Retno Marsudi (Image: Foreign Ministry, Indonesia)

Malaysia and Indonesia will discuss maritime issues, including the detention of Malaysian fishing vessels as well as their common sea borders.  The countries will continue discussions to find solutions to the maritime boundary issues through the existing mechanism


Turkey Signs Maritime Deal with Malta

Turkish transportation minister Lutfi Elvan (Pic: Ministry)

Turkey has signed a deal with Malta to develop cooperation in the maritime field, the Turkish transportation minister Lutfi Elvan said. Turkey wants to become a marine transit country. In this context, the country will improve its cooperation with Malta, the Minister added.   


Launch of Asian Marine Casualty Forum

Asian Marine Casualty Forum logo

  The Crisis in Global Maritime Casualty Response – Now Is the Time To Act – An industry Forum Designed to Promote Change An industry forum aimed at producing a practical response to the current crises in maritime casualty management was officially launched in Singapore today


Oil Tankers are Front Line of Libya's Struggles

Crew members killed in tanker attack this month; West fears worsening violence could lead to civil war. Oil shippers face higher costs and the possible loss of insurance cover on Libyan voyages, caught in a struggle between the rival governments there and threatened by air attacks.






 
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