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Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union Wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) June 30. The Danelec DM100 is the first and only product so far approved and wheelmarked to meet the revised VDR performance standards and technical requirements as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). The new IMO standard came into force July 1. All VDRs installed after that date must meet the new IMO standard. “The Danelec DM100 is a totally new product designed specifically to meet or exceed the new IMO standard and incorporates the latest advances in state-of-the-art electronics,” said Hans Ottosen, chief executive officer of Danelec Marine. “The new VDRs are now in full production, and we are currently supplying IMO-compliant VDRs to ensure ships worldwide are in conformance with the new standard.” All passenger ships and cargo ships over 3,000 gross tons are required to carry an approved VDR or Simplified VDR (S-VDR) to record data for use in accident investigations. The new IMO standard adds the following main requirements for VDRs: A float-free data capsule in addition to the hardened fixed capsule


Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval

Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in 2014, including IEC 61162-450 requiring Ethernet connectivity with the ship’s ECDIS and radar data. The Danelec DM100 products have also been approved by other international maritime


JRC AIS System Earns USCG and FCC Type Approval

The USCG and the FCC have awarded JRC’s AIS system, the “JHS-180” Type Approval. Previously awarded Type Approvals by EU Wheelmark MED, UK, Japan and Industry Canada, this completes the Approval process for JRC’s AIS system, making it available worldwide for most vessels complying with this new IMO requirement. JRC’s JHS-180 is compliant with International Marine Organization (IMO) standards: IMO MSC Res.74 (69) Annex 3, ITU-R M. 1371-1, IEC61993-2, IEC60945 and others.


RINA Launches Corrosion Prevention and Coatings Program

RINA joined forces with UK-based coatings testing company Bodycote to launch a global Corrosion Prevention and Coatings (CPC) program. The heart of the program will be a CPC Training Course for shipyard and shipowner staff, and testing facilities for type approval of coatings according to the new IMO requirements. The first courses will be launched in Korea in January 2008, with further courses in China beginning in March. Thereafter courses will be


Kirby Takes 250 AIS’ from Furuno

Furuno USA, the largest U.S. supplier of GMDSS equipment, was awarded a contract to supply over 250 of its FA100 Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine, LP, a subsidiary of publicly traded (NYSE) Kirby Corporation. Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels. They transport a variety of petrochemicals, refined products, black oils and agricultural chemicals efficiently and safely throughout the inland


EPE to Prep Hazmat Inventory for Ship Recycling

Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) attends to prepare the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for the entire Reederei Thomas Schulte fleet (33 container vessels) according to the new IMO Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention). Reederei Thomas Schulte GmbH & Co. KG also signed a contract with Germanischer Lloyd AG about the certification of the IHMs.


Eurofin expands Merlin Tankers

Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc. The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades. The purchase of a third vessel is about to be completed. Janos Koenig, managing director of Eurofin, says, “We are delighted with the uptake of Merlin Tankers and confident that our specialist focus will give us a competitive advantage


Eurofin Expands Merlin Tankers

Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc. The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades. The purchase of a third vessel is about to be completed. Merlin Tankers Inc is an investment company managed by the Eurofin Group which will buy and operate ships focussed on veg oil carriage


New Navigational Product Trio from NOAA

Mobile App in Beta: Image courtesy of NOAA

NOAA highlight new US Chart 1, new chart of California waters with IMO TSS shown, and a beta mobile chart app for boaters. New U.S. Chart 1 shows both electronic and paper chart symbology For the 65 years since the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey issued the first edition of U.S. Chart No.1 in 1948, mariners have had a standard guide for understanding the symbols, abbreviations and terms used on paper nautical charts


The Impact of Lower Oil Price on LNG Vessels

Image: OPEC

 Opec study on the impact of lower oil price assumptions on the penetration of LNG vessels has released.   In light of the regulations on sulphur emissions issued by the IMO the prospect of using LNG as an alternative bunker fuel was explored.   It was concluded that LNG had the potential to become an important marine bunker fuel in the long-term.   This year the subject is re-considered in light of recent market and price developments


Confusion Surrounds Wastewater Discharge Rules

Confusion surrounding the entry into force date of MEPC 227(64), the amended regulation governing ship wastewater discharge overboard requirements, could see some shipowners falling foul of the new rules. Mark Beavis, the Managing Director of ACO Marine, a supplier of MEPC


What if Shippers Miss Weight Rule Deadline?

Pic: Maersk Line

 It seems increasingly unlikely that all shippers will be ready to meet their new verified gross mass obligation in July. What impact will this have on supply chains?    Drewry has previously alerted exporters and importers of the lack of progress and the many uncertainties left


IMO Head to Address Interferry Conference

Kitack Lim (Photo: IMO)

New IMO secretary-general to give keynote speech at trade association Interferry’s 41st annual conference in Manila this October   Korea’s Kitack Lim, whose term as IMO secretary-general began January 1, will address the opening conference session on October 17


UN Secretary-General Visits IMO

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (Photo: IMO)

On February 3, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for ship safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution from ships.   


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.


BWM Convention Doesn't Resolve U.S. Issues - ICS

Unwanted Stowaway Courtesy IMO

ICS notes that the IMO Secretary General has announced that the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force worldwide from 24 November 2016, following ratification by Indonesia (subject to IMO’s verification of the gross tonnage data relating to Indonesia’s registered


IMO Sets Guidelines for 2016-17

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

  The IMO has just closed its Assembly meeting in London, which is held every second year. A number of important items were on the agenda, including the IMO work programme and budget for the 2016-17 biennium as well as the Organization's work on safety and the environment since the recent


Shippers Supports Further CO2 Reduction -ICS

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which has represented global ship operators throughout the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, has commented on the latest draft UNFCCC text which – although still not finalized – currently contains no explicit reference to international


Full Speed Ahead with Climate-Change Measures at IMO Following Paris Agreement

Photo: IMO

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed the historic achievement of the 2015 Paris Climate Change conference (COP21).    The Paris Climate Change Agreement identifies a clear goal of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below


IMO Amendments Coming into Force on 1 January

-Mandatory audits and other treaty amendments enter into force on 1 January 2016. The updated International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code)  Photo IMO

  A number of important amendments to IMO treaties enter into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme.   Other amendments entering into force include SOLAS amendments to require


Shipping Sector Confused on Emission

Image courtesy: nuestromar.org

 Over the course of the year the extent of the shipping industry’s confusion – some would say delusion – on how to clean up its emissions became clear, says Sotiris Raptis, shipping and aviation officer, European Federation for Transport and Environment.  


IMO and WCO Partner on e-Business Compendium

Image:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 IMO and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have signed a partnership agreement to maintain, update, publish and distribute the IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business.    The compendium provides essential guidance and standardised forms for electronic exchange of


Container Ship Deliveries Hit New Record

Graph and Table source: Alphaliner

 Container vessel capacity delivered in 2015 has reached a new record as 212 new cellular containerships, with a total capacity of 1,714,860 teu, have joined the global fleet over the course of this year, according to Alphaliner Research.  


New IMO Secretary-General Sets Out His Agenda

Kitack Lim. Photo: IMO

 Kitack Lim of South Korea has issued a message outlining his priorities as incoming Secretary -General of the IMO a post he assumed on January 1 following endorsement of his mid-2015 election by member states at the IMO Assembly in November.  


Shippers Urged to Use Transitional Measures for Ship Recycling

Photo courtesy of ICS

Shipping companies are being strongly encouraged to use new ‘Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling’ launched by a coalition of international shipping industry organizations. The purpose of the new ‘Transitional Measures’ – developed by an






 
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