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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

States Urged to Ratify Compensation Regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes

Pic: International Maritime Organization

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO), together with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), is urging its Member States to ratify and implement a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship.   The International Convention on Liability and compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious substances by

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

Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO

David Pascoe Liberian Registry

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast

Panama Accedes to BWM Convention

Jorge Barakat Pitty (right), Minister of Maritime Affairs of Panama, presented the countrys instrument of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention to IMO Secretary General Lim on October 19, 2016. (Photo: IMO)

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.28 percent, with 53 Contracting Parties.  

CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016

Photo: CLIA

The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history.

NYK Jointly Develops Innovative Anti-rust Agent

Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties Photo NYK

NYK and Agua Japan Co. Ltd. have jointly developed an innovative anti-rust agent to prevent iron and steel rust on vessels. The new agent, Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties, and paint containing the agent can be applied to metal surfaces.  

Togo Ratifies High Seas Intervention Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Togo has become the 89th State to ratify International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties of 1969.    The Convention affirms the right of a coastal State to take necessary

Marshall Islands Becomes Largest Tanker Flag

Source: Clarksons Research

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has attained status as the world's largest tanker fleet following the addition of tonnage from markets in Greece, the U.S. and Asia over the summer. The RMI flagged tanker fleet stands at 44.6 million gross tons (GT).  

IRClass Opens Office in Alang to Support Recycling Initiatives

Arun Sharma - Chairman ISSPL. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading international classification society, opens an office in Alang, India, today. The new office will serve to support its ship recycling initiative in Alang, following on its recent initiative of certifying ship recycling yards according to EU

EU Shipping Policy: No Time for Business as Usual

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The future of European shipping policy was debated on Wednesday in a seminar held in Valletta, Malta, a few days after the European Commission published the implementation report of its mid-term Review of EU Maritime Transport Policy.  

Interview: Todd Schauer - President, American Salvage Association

Todd Schauer

Todd Schauer is Director of Operations at Resolve Marine Group, as well as President of the American Salvage Association. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture in 1991, he followed that up with graduate degrees in Naval Architecture

What the Heck is ‘Privity’?

Photo: NTSB

Is the Limitation of Liability Act Still Relevant?   In the aftermath of the El Faro disaster, that vessel’s owners exercised their right to file a petition to limit their liability in accordance with the U.S. Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act, 46 USC §30501, et seq

Governments Spur Crackdown on Sea Pollution

File photo: Robert Hendry

Governments at the recent meeting of Parties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea have called for more action to address marine litter in the oceans, particularly plastics and microplastics, which present a severe and long lasting threat to the marine environment.  

IMCA Launches Series of Regulatory Update Bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping

Videotel’s Updates BWM Programme

Nigel Cleave, CEO Photo Videotel

Videotel, a KVH company has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast

India, Korea Sign Pact for Seafarers Certificate

Indian PM Narendra Modi and the President of Republic of Korea, Ms. Park Geun-hye in Seoul. Photo:

 The Government of India has given nod for a pact between India and Korea that would pave the way for recognition of each other's certificates on maritime education and training for seafarers.   The decision was taken by Union Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra

CMR Eyes BWT System Control Growth

Ian Hamilton (Photo: CMR Group)

Ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention has been welcomed by stakeholders throughout the maritime industry, including CMR Group, which said it sees the move as a boost for system and equipment manufacturers.  

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