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Report: The State of U.S. Port State Control

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard. CLICK PICTURE to go to the 27-page Report) The U.S. Coast Guard released its report on Port State Control in the United States. In addition to its usual analysis of boardings of foreign vessels calling in U.S. ports, this year’s report introduces the application of marine security principles into the port state control regime. Owners, operators, flag administrations, and recognized security organizations should take heed. (HK Law).


Cruise Ships Under Special 2013 MoU Scrutiny

The Paris MoU Port State Control Committee's Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ship operational safety controls will last throughout 2013. Steamship Mutual advises its members to prepare for Port State Control Inspections, pointing out that passenger ferries and passenger high-speed craft are excluded from the HAVEP. During the HAVEP, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will witness an operational control comprising a standard emergency scenario which will include a


EMSA Launches RuleCheck Port State Control System

EMSA has launched RuleCheck, which is a system to enable ship inspections in ports to be undertaken more efficiently and effectively. Over time, the international rules governing port state control (PSC) related ship inspections have become more and more complex. RuleCheck makes the inspector’s job easier, by clearly showing the different rules that apply to a selected ship at the time of an inspection. RuleCheck was developed under a contract with the Korean Register of


LR Debuts Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist

Lloyd’s Register, in conjunction with the P&I Club, has produced the Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist to help reduce incidents at sea and the risk of Port State Control (PSC) detentions. Lloyd’s Register and the UK Club have analysed deficiencies found by PSC inspectors in ports worldwide over the three-year period. They have related these to their own experienced observations and developed a reusable checklist to help crew members pre-empt and manage the risk of fire more


ISF Disappointment at Slow Implementation of ILO 185

The International Shipping Federation (ISF), which represents maritime employers globally, says that the low level of implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 185, concerning the facilitation of shore leave and crew transits, is a continuing source of disappointment.     Speaking in Manila this week, at a seminar organized by the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA), ISF Director of Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw


Crew Leave Transit Visa Hassles Disappoint ISF

The International Shipping Federation (ISF) concerned at low implementation levels of ILO Convention 185. Speaking in Manila, at a seminar organised by the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA), ISF Director of Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw, explained that the ILO Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (ILO 185) - which ISF helped to negotiate on behalf of employers in 2003 - was adopted as part of a package of measures following the terrorist attacks in


Agencies Respond to Florida Oil Spill

Federal, state and local agencies are responding to an oil spill on the Nassau River, Fla., at the Nassau Terminal in Fernandina, Fla., after a 6,297-gross ton ship spilled an unknown amount of oil into the River. The Seaboard Rio Haina was loading containers on to its deck while it was adjusting its ballast to keep the vessel properly trimmed. One of the ballast tanks overflowed spilling water and an unknown amount of fuel oil on to the deck of the ship and into the river


A Call For Doubling Up On Port Inspectors

The proposed blanket ban by the Commission on ships over 15 years old which have been detained twice over the preceding two years is also criticized by the AMRIE paper on the grounds that it would unfairly penalize many ships do not pose a risk. While the AMRIE report broadly welcomes the Commission's proposals on Port State Control, it would prefer to see a comprehensive examination on all ships which have been detained twice in two years, involving her flag state


Feeder Ports for Marine Inspector Training

The US Coast Guard issued an ALCOAST (All Coast Guard Message) designating 18 Sectors and Marine Safety Units as “Feeder Ports” to be utilized for training of new marine safety and security personnel.  The designation recognizes that these units have a sufficiently diverse workload and volume to allow for training in at least four of the 17 marine inspection and port state control examination competencies, as well as sufficient experienced staff to provide mentoring. (2/11/09)


Foreign-flag Ship Detentions in UK

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) detained 9 ships in UK ports during December 2012 after they failed Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports during December 2012 and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of December. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve


Danelec Debuts Voyage Data Recorder

Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of its third-generation marine Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). The new Danelec DM100 VDR fully complies with the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) VDR standard, which comes into effect July 1, 2014


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


BWM Convention Problems Need Solutions

The global shipping industry – represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, World Shipping Council (WSC), CLIA and IPTA – has voiced continuing concern about serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Management


Hamburg Simplifies Access for Shipments

The operational parameters for the high-volume and heavy goods shipments into the Port of Hamburg, generating such significant added value, are in need of sustained improvement through efficient infrastructure and lean authorization procedures


International Assoc. of Classification Societies Publish 2014 'Blue Book'

Shipyard workers: Photo CCL

The International Association of Classification Societies announce the release of the IACS Blue Book, Version January 2014. The Blue Book is an electronic library of technical resolutions (both past and present) adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and provides an example of how the


InterManager Urges Calm over Possible Filipino Officer Ban

 InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo

Ship managers should put in place sensible contingency plans to guard against a worst-case scenario should Filipino officers potentially find themselves banned from working on EU-flagged vessels. This follows concerns raised by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) over the ability of the


Old Propulsion Machinery Top Cause of Ship Detentions

Machinery, general cargo/multipurpose ship, date keel laid 1976.

41% of all detentions in study due to deficiencies in propulsion and auxiliary machinery Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, carried out between 1 September 2013 and 30 November 2013 in the Paris MoU region show that:


Seafarer Security Certification Guidance Reached

Photo courtesy IMO

Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by IMO, to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila


RS Promotes QMS Certification Services

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) said it has certified the Caspian Sea Oil Fleet quality management system for compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 standards, as well as the Azerbaijan State Marine Academy for compliance with ISO


Mobile Apps Target Regulatory Compliance

Image courtesy Lloyds Register

Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have updated the ILO MLC smartphone app and launched a new ISM & ISPS pocket checklist app. Both apps are free and are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. In a fully paperless operation


Nine Ships Detained in the UK During February

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during February 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During February, there were four new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K


KR Donates Software to World Maritime University

The Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, announced that it has again donated its award winning KR-CON software to students at the World Maritime University (WMU). KR-CON is an international database program which contains the full up-to-date texts of all IMO Conventions


EU Supports African Maritime Administrations

The European Union (EU) is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central


After Concordia: HAVEP Report Exposes Passenger Vessel Deficiencies

In the wake of the Costa Concordia accident of January 2012, an incident that arguably was one of the more dramatic incidents in this history of cruise shipping, preliminary results from the Harmonized Verification Program (HAVEP) on passenger ships, carried out between January 1


HAVEP: Two Passenger Vessels Detained

Preliminary results from the Harmonized Verification Program (HAVEP) on passenger ships, carried out between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 in the Paris MoU region show that two passenger ships were detained over the 12 month period as a direct result of the HAVEP for deficiencies related


 
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