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IMO – Wreck Removal Convention

The IMO issued a said that the Nairobi International Convention on Removal of Wrecks, 2007 has been adopted in Kenya. The convention will provide a legal basis for coastal States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may adversely affect the safety of lives, property, or the environment when located outside the territorial sea. The convention will enter into force 12 months after it has been ratified by at least ten States. Source: HK Law

SHC Will Meet in Washington

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on April 16, 2002 to prepare for the 84th Session of the IMO Legal Committee (LEG 84). Items on the agenda include a review of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Navigation, 1988, and the Protocol of 1988 relating to Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf. The Wreck Removal Convention will also be examined.

IMO – Summary of 24th Assembly

The IMO issued a News Release summarizing the recently concluded 24th Assembly. A resolution was adopted for a voluntary scheme for members to audit their administration and enforcement of IMO provisions. A resolution was adopted calling for the issue of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia to be brought to the attention of the United Nations Security Council. A resolution was adopted urging all States to respect the basic human rights of

Cook Islands to Issue Wreck Removal Certificates

Glenn Armstrong, Managing Director of Maritime Cook Islands, the Cook Islands registry administrator. Courtesy MCI

  The Cook Islands has acceded to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 (“The Nairobi Convention”). As a State Party, Cook Islands will issue Wreck Removal Certificates to its own ships and also to ships flying the flags of states that have not yet become party to the Nairobi Convention. The Nairobi Convention, which will come  into force on 14 April 2015, requires all ships over 300 GT (including fishing vessels and commercial yachts) to

Maritime Lawyers Join Forces with Shipowners

New Brochure highlights importance of FAL Convention, as IMO Facilitation Committee meets in London. A copy of the new ICS, ISF and CMI Campaign Brochure is attached, and contains additional information about the international Conventions to which this PR refers.  It can also be downloaded at The Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers – has joined forces with the International Chamber of

3rd Annual Conference on Salvage & Wreck Removal

The 3rd Annual Conference on Salvage and Wreck Removal in India is to be held on Thursday, July 10, 2014 for the first time in Chennai at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Binny Road, Chennai 600002. The Conference this year is presented by the Institute of Chartered Ship brokers (East India Branch). Leading speakers who have confirmed include globally renowned specialists (in alphabetical order of company): Charles Taylor Adjusting / RHL

Wreck Removed, Mess Remains

The wreck of the TASMAN SPIRIT has been successfully removed. The aft section was re-floated on Saturday, March 6, and was yesterday delivered to buyers at Gadani Beach in the province of Baluchistan, Pakistan. This follows the earlier removal of the forward section of the tanker that had run aground in the channel into Karachi Port on July 27 last year. The wreck removal contractors SMIT Salvage B.V., were operating under a wreck removal contract agreed with The American Club

The New IMO Treaty to Ban TBT

The Diplomatic Conference held (October 1-5, 2001) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London adopted the Draft Convention prepared by The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO for the "Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems for Ships." The Convention has been developed to immediately ban the use of Tributyltin (TBT) globally in antifouling paints to "protect the marine environment"

New Ballast Water Regulations Add Costs for Shipowners

Shipowners will soon be obliged to address new and expensive regulations to deal with ballast water. The Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 will require them to understand compliance standards, develop a ballast water management plan, select and install a treatment system and train personnel to operate the system. Their ships will be subject to surveys and inspection to maintain certification. The Convention requires ratification by 30 states

Shipping Industry Facing “Deepwater Horizon moment”

Andrew Chamberlain, partner in Holman Fenwick Willan’s Admiralty and Crisis Management team.

The shipping industry has been warned by a leading maritime lawyer that it may soon face its “Deepwater Horizon moment” in the event of a mega containership casualty.   Speaking at a Maritime London lunchtime function yesterday (11 January), Holman Fenwick Willan partner Andrew Chamberlain said that the consequences of a serious incident involving one of the larger containerships “may well result in a complete change in the accepted liability regimes and even the

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India    Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.   The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian

Damen’s New BWTS

Image: Damen

Damen launched two new ballast water treatment solutions onto the market, Damen LoFlo and Damen BalCon. The new solutions are a response to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention 2004, which is edging ever closer to ratification and the U.S

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

Panama to Assess if Seepage Will Delay Expanded Canal Opening

Panama Canal Expansion

  During the testing phase of the new Pacific locks for the Panama Canal, some water seepage was detected in a specific area of the new Pacific Locks in a section that separates the middle chamber and lower chamber, as they were being stressed tested through exposure to level differentials

Panama Canal Locks Tests Reveals Water Seepage

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awaits formal GUPC report on water seepage issue; program 93 percent complete The filling of the Panama Canal’s new locks began in June, marking the start of a planned and methodical phase of operational testing of the Locks, including its culvert valves

Singapore Becomes Sea-Dispute Settlement Centre

President of the Tribunal, Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law, Ng How Yue. Photo: Ministry of Law, Government of Singapore

 The government of Singapore has become a venue in Asia to settle maritime disputes for proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).    A joint declaration was signed  between ITLOS president Vladimir Golitsyn and permanent secretary to the

Bollinger VP Fanguy Snags SNAME Award

Dennis Fanguy (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards, LLC announced its vice president for quality management system, Dennis Fanguy, will receive the 2015 William M. Kennedy from the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME).  

GMS Supports DSA Stance on Beaching

Photo: GMS

GMS, a buyer of ships for recycling, has voiced its support of the Danish Ship Association (DSA) which refuses to ban beaching outright following the recent announcement by their Norwegian counterparts. GMS supports DSA’s position that ship recycling choice shouldn’t be based just on

USCG Reopens Neches River, Restrictions in Place

Response crews work from a spud barge to conduct salvage and recover operations for the towing vessel Louise on the Neches River near Port Arthur, Aug. 22, 2015.

  The Coast Guard has reopened the Neches River with restrictions to all vessel traffic, Saturday. Vessel traffic is restricted from meeting or overtaking one another 1,000 feet up bound and 1,000 feet down bound near the capsized towing vessel Louise at mile marker 284

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control


Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on

Calais Crisis Presents Liability Issues, TT Club Warns

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying

Cruise Industry Wins Key Norovirus Judgment

Maria Pittordis (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.  The case, which involved an outbreak of gastroenteritis onboard the “THOMSON SPIRIT”

Ship Handling: Brush up on Maneuvering

Ship Handling, ISBN 978-90-71500-27-5, price €69,50, - €50,00

Ship Handling by Hervé Baudu   Responding to the recommendations arising from the STCW convention on the knowledge of maneuvering required of deck officers, the book Ship Handling analyzes all aspects of a vessel's maneuverability, whether passing through open water or confined waters

'Challenging Time' for Shipping Industry - North P&I Chairman

Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club

Unpredictable markets and continuing marine claims volatility means the international shipping industry is facing a particularly challenging time, says Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club. His comments are published today (16 July 2015) in the 170 million GT

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