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Port-State Control Guide Published

The North of England P&I club and Intercargo have published a second edition of their unique and popular guide on how shipowners should prepare for port-state control inspections. Port State Control - A Guide for Cargo Ships has been updated throughout and includes a comprehensive new chapter on the commercial implications of delays, detentions and banning orders. According to Tony Baker of the North of England's risk-management department, port-state control inspections are increasing in intensity and scope every year. 'In 2002 over 60,000 inspections were carried out by the top five port-state control regions, resulting in the detention of more than 3,500 ships. The introduction of the ISPS Code and new IMO con conventions on anti-fouling and ballast water, due for adoption in 2004, will further increase the risk to voyages unless shipowners are properly prepared for inspections,' he says Baker points out that the commercial implications for a shipowner of failing a port-state control inspection can be severe. 'Apart from loss of reputation and future earnings, a failed inspection can compromise an owner's ability to fulfil contractual obligations under charterparties, contracts for the carriage of goods and sale-and-purchase agreements,' he says. The 48-page illustrated A4 guide has been written by Intercargo's former safety, environmental and technical manager Peter Kidman in association with


Bulk Carrier Detained in Portland

The U.S. Coast Guard said it detained the 579-foot motor vessel  Strategic Synergy, Tuesday, requiring the vessel to remain in Portland until numerous safety violations are corrected by the ship’s crew. The Strategic Synergy, owned by SBC Synergy PTE. LTD., intends to load grain in Portland and will depart for Ecuador after the safety violations have been met. Port State Control Officers from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered the discrepancies during a


Paris MOU To Enforce ISM Compliance

The Paris MOU on Port State Control will start strict enforcement of the ISM Code on 1 July during a 3-month Concentrated Inspection Campaign. Last month the Port State Control Committee of the Paris MOU agreed to verify compliance with the ISM on all ships due for an inspection in one of the ports within the region. No extensions will be granted to the ship types which become compliant on July 1, 2002. Other ship types which already have been certified in accordance with the ISM Code will


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 Africa, with a view to upgrading the region’s maritime administrations and preparing its States for the mandatory IMO audit scheme.


8 Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK

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  Eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were 6 new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. 2 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 5 vessels were released during November. A total of 3 vessels remain under detention at the end of November. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s Inquiry into the prevention


Oil Tanker Detained for Safety Violations

U.S. Coast Guard personnel on Monday detained the oil tanker Overseas Jademar in Port Angeles after several safety violations were discovered during a port state control exam.   Marshall Island-flagged tanker Overseas Jademar was en route from Malaysia to Anacortes, Washington to offload cargo when Port State Control officers from Sector Puget Sound found several significant safety violations during a port state control exam


MOL Containership Detained in Seattle

Port State Control officers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound detained the container ship MOL Precision in Seattle, Thursday after discovering several significant violations during a port state control exam of the Panamanian-flagged ship, which will remain in Sector Puget Sound's Captain of the Port zone until the violations are corrected.   The coast guard said violations included defective oil bilge line filtering equipment


EC: Safety and Port State Control Require Proper Implementation of Rules

The European Commission sent reasoned opinions – the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice – to Italy and Malta for failure to respect EU legislation on port State control of shipping. Latvia was also sent a reasoned opinion for failure to transpose into national law EU legislation on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships. “While the European Commission has just adopted a third set of measures to reinforce maritime safety


IMO Guidance on Security Measures

The IMO issued a Circular providing guidance relating to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code. It was pointed out that a written Declaration of Security is generally unnecessary in routine situations and that port state control officials at subsequent port calls should not expect such documents to be in the ship’s records. Port facility security plans should specifically include provisions relating to access to visiting ships by owners’ representatives


Lloyds Statutory Alert: Paris MoU to Start Inspecting MLC, 2006 Requirements

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In May 2013, the Committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) adopted amendments to the Memorandum to include the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) as a relevant instrument. This makes the MLC requirements officially subject to port state control (PSC), with the potential for more detailed inspections, expanded inspections and the possibility of detention in serious cases of non-compliance or where hazardous conditions exist.


USCG Monitors LNG Carrier Repair in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is monitoring repairs aboard the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier Excel in Homer, Alaska.    The vessel was received an order from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage to remain anchored in Kachemak Bay near Homer after the 908-foot


ABS Reports ‘Stellar Growth’ in 2014

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Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) hosted its Annual Meeting in New York on April 28, 2015.   “2014 was a year of firsts and excellence in performance for ABS,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO


Online BWM Tools Launched

The revamped GloBallast website offers free access to online e-learning tools for anyone involved with the operational aspects of ballast water management. (Image: IMO)

Spreading the word on ballast water management – new free online tools launched   A new online learning portal including a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) was launched today by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Program and the


KR Releases Writable Version of KR-CON Software

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Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has released a writable version of its KR-CON software and associated App to allow greater flexibility and enhance user experience. KR-CON is an a software package comprising an international database program containing


Liberian Registry Opens Istanbul Office

Erhan Esinduy (Photo: The Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has established a regional office in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of the continued expansion of its global presence in major centers of international shipping and trade.    Erhan Esinduy has been appointed Regional Representative of the office and will be joining the


Detained Vessels Released in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after deficiencies detected   The Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, detained and released two vessels in February and March, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.  


Nexen Closing Crude Oil Trading Division

Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC Ltd, is closing its crude oil trading division following a round of job cuts announced last week, four market sources said on Monday.   The Calgary-based company, which was acquired by state-controlled CNOOC in 2013 for $15


IMO Seeks Input on Ballast Water Management

Online surveys are part of IMO study which aims to provide a comprehensive review of the technical standards and approval testing procedures in the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8). (Photo: IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is inviting stakeholders involved in the testing, approval, fitting and operation of ballast water management systems (BWMS) to complete online surveys as a part of a study to assess the implementation of the BWMS approval guidelines and the


YPF Buys Five LNG Cargoes

Argentina's state-controlled YPF has bought at least five cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between April and June, traders said on Friday. Suppliers included Shell, EDF Trading, Petrobras, BP and Excelerate, traders said.


Asia LNG Prices Steady, Buyers Well-stocked

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady on Friday, as end users remained mostly well-stocked and in no rush to buy, traders said.   The price of spot LNG for April delivery was unchanged on the week at $7.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu)


Liberia Leads on Wreck Removal Certification

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The Liberian Registry said delivery of Wreck Removal Convention certificates is now faster and more convenient for shipowners following the launch if its new online application system.   The system was set up to expedite shipowners’ compliance with the requirements of the Nairobi


YPF Tenders for 11 Shipments of LNG

Argentina's state-controlled YPF is tendering to buy 11 shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG), traders said on Thursday.   The traders said the tender includes six full cargoes and five partial cargoes of LNG with a shipping period between April and June.  


Seafarers ... Get Some Rest!

“Insufficient rest of watch keeping personnel has already caused several incidents over the past years,” said Secretary General Richard Schiferli. “ It may be the cause of fatigue, which can have major consequences for safety and the environment.”

With global focus on the mariner courtesy of MLC2006, reinforced by a number of high profile catastrophic maritime casualties that are directly linked to “the human factor,” preliminary results from the Paris MoU should be disturbing at the least.


Petrobras Denies Hiring JPMorgan for License Sales

Petróleo Brasileiro SA denied on Friday that it has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to handle the sale of oil exploration licenses in deep-sea areas off the coast this year. In a securities filing, the state-controlled oil producer known as Petrobras reiterated the need to reduce capital


Sulphur Enforcement Begins in Denmark

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  For the first time all 16 SECA countries met for the Danish Maritime Authority’s workshop on sulphur regulation enforcement. The leaving participants’ suitcases were filled with inspiration for strengthened national efforts and cross-country coordination






 
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