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Towing Safety Committee to Meet

TSAC – meeting Two working groups of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia to discuss issues related to towing vessel safety. The Regulatory Review Working Group will meet on April 27 to discuss travel time for towing vessel officers. The Maritime Security Working Group will meet on April 28 to discuss implementation of security plan regulations and development of timely feedback to the Coast Guard. 69 Fed. Reg. 21148 (HK Law)


Towing Safety Advisory Committee to Meet in St. Louis

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet in St. Louis on Sept. 21-22, 2006, to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public. Both the advisory committee and its working groups will meet in Salons A & B at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, located at 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. The working groups will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, from 8:00 a.m


Report of Joint Working Group on Ship Scrapping

The IMO posted on its Internet site the Report of the Joint Working Group on Ship Scrapping . Representatives from the International Labor Organization (ILO), the IMO, and the Basel Convention (BC) met in Geneva on 12-14 December to continue discussions on development of a regime to address international ship scrapping. The goal is to draft a legally binding instrument on safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.


OECD Working Group Discuss Port Security

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced its participation in the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Security for the Maritime Transportation Committee (MTC) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Government and industry leaders will be open and encourage an international dialogue on this important matter. “We must participate in these international forums because port security problems require international solutions


Eye on Design: Cooperative Research Ships

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There can be few organizations that bring together so many sectors of the maritime industry in a non-competitive environment. Cooperative Research Ships (CRS), 40+ years and still going strong, tackles problems of common Interest and furthers research. The practical knowledge and tools that emerge from CRS are then used by its members. Initiated by MARIN in 1969, the organization is a true cooperative. All of its members are actively involved


WOC Launches International Ocean Industry Working Group

The World Ocean Council’s newly formed Marine Sound Working Group is a collaborative industry forum focused on identifying and implementing real-world technical and operational solutions to understand and reduce potential negative impacts of sound from industrial activities on marine life. Ocean businesses concerned with the marine sound issue are invited to the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) session on this complex challenge to help move forward with cross-sectoral collaboration


MERPAC Meeting

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Kings Point, New York on November 17 and 18. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Task Statement #42 to review proposed revisions to the USCG regulation implementing the STCW Convention. 70 Fed. Reg. 61466 (HK Law)


TSAC Meeting

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on June 22 and 23. Topics on the agenda include proposed equipment standards and possible adoption of existing standards. 70 Fed. Reg. 34144 (HK Law)


TSAC Meeting Announced

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on May 1 and 2 to discuss elements of the safety management system and inspection regime. 70 Fed. Reg. 20923 (HK Law)


USCG Releases Great Lakes Ballast Water Management Report

The US Coast Guard released the Great Lakes ballast water management report.  The report, compiled by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG), summarizes efforts to coordinate bi-national enforcement and compliance efforts to reduce the likelihood of introduction of aquatic invasive species via ballast water.  The report indicates that, during 2007, 100% of first trip ships bound for the received a ballast water examination and 100% of ballast water reporting forms were


Leavitt Heads Seattle Port's Environment Protection, Development

Elizabeth Leavitt Photo Port of Seattle

After an extensive national search, the Port of Seattle has promoted Elizabeth Leavitt to lead its work to protect and enhance the environment. The Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability is a newly created position leading a center of expertise that consolidates environmental


RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed


Arctic Stakekholders Convene for Historic Forum

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

Leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations met to sign a joint statement establishing the framework for a multi-year strategic plan for the Arctic Coast Guard Forum.   The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization


IACS Chairman Term Concludes, Urges Safety Improvements

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki concludes his term as Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies Ltd. (IACS) encouraging the organization to continue setting high standards for performance and raising the bar of excellence.


Barcelona Draws up Container Weighing Procedure

Photo: Port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona reports it has become the first port in Spain to complete and make available a procedure for its customers and users in line with the container weighing new rules adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and incorporated into Chapter VI of the Safety Of Life


Virtual Exercise Addresses Unsafe Migration by Sea

Photo: USMRC

Thousands of migrants seeking refuge have lost their lives attempting to make their way across the Mediterranean Sea in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. The United Nations estimates that as many as 850,000 refugees may attempt to make the trip between 2015 and 2016.  


DNV GL ECO Insight: Incentive Provider for Enviro Ship Index

Image: DNV GL

 DNV GL’s fleet performance management solution ECO Insight has become an incentive provider for the Environmental Ship Index (ESI), a voluntary system designed to improve the environmental performance of sea going vessels.   


CIMAC Announces its New Board

 A new CIMAC Board is due to come into force at the completion of the CIMAC World Congress in Helsinki in June 2016 for the customary three-year tenure, 2016-2019.   The new CIMAC Board will have Klaus Heim, Chief Technical Officer of OMT S.p.A as the new CIMAC President


CIMAC World Congress to Focus on System Integration

One of the most compelling topics that will be discoursed during the CIMAC World Congress 2016 is the area of ‘System Integration’ where all the relevant stakeholders including engine developers, component suppliers, research organizations, system integrators


Largest UASC Ship Calls at Khorfakkan Terminal

Largest UASC vessel to date to call Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a leading container shipping line and emerging global carrier, and Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned, independent port operator based in the UAE, marked the maiden call of UASC’s 15,000 TEU M.V


New Standard for Vessel Underwater Noise

ISO 17208-1:2016, a new international standard for the measurement of underwater noise from ships, has been published by ISO. The full title of this standard is “Underwater acoustics – Quantities and procedures for description and measurement of underwater sound from ships – Part


IMO Restricts Ship Sewage Discharges into Baltic Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed this week that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels.   


BSEE, USCG on Sharing Information, Jt Ops

BSEE Director Salerno and USCG Rear Admiral Thomas Discuss information Sharing and Joint Operations at OTC

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas participated in a luncheon panel discussion today ​at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)  in Houston. The discussion focused on topics relevant to joint inspections


APL Reduces Carbon Emissions by 45.5%

APL Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction against 2009 Level %

APL today announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5% in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009. This achievement marks APL’s highest carbon dioxide emissions reduction in the last six years.  


APL Reports 45.5% Carbon Emissions Reduction

Photo: APL

APL announced that it has reduced its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 45.5 percent in 2015, compared to its emissions level in 2009.   “APL has steadily reduced its year-on-year carbon emissions and this demonstrates the company’s unyielding focus on sustainable shipping






 
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