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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 to Meet in D.C.

The Working Group on Maritime Security of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Washington, DC on February 18-19, 2003 to discuss various issues relating to current Coast Guard regulations as they pertain to towing vessels.

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)


Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) will hold its next public meetings on September 5, 2002 (working groups only) and September 19, 2002 (full committee), at the offices of the Houston Pilots Association in Houston, Texas. The notice appears in the July 25, 2002, Federal Register. Source: Marine Legal Update

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

Photo: Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting.   The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership

MPA Launches New Training Facility

Unveiling of the plaque to mark the opening of the new MPA Academy premises. Photo by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched a new training facility in its academy. The new training facility is in the PSA Building along with many other MPA’s divisions, making the facility more accessible to MPA officers.  

UASC Wins Seatrade Award

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)  has received the ‘Environmental Responsibility’ award and ‘The Shipping Company of the Year’ award at this year’s Seatrade Maritime Awards for Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.   

ECSA Leads Holistic Approach to Maritime Security

Jakob Paaske Larsen (Photo: ECSA)

European shipowners have widened the scope of the former European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Piracy Working Group, now renamed ECSA Maritime Security Working Group in a move aiming to keep the European shipping industry abreast of maritime developments.  

Shipping in Rough Waters

Photo: The North of England P&I Association Limited

 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

'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

Canada Commissions Study on Underwater Noise

Green Marine has signed a nine-month contract with Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life, along with potential solutions. “This agreement is a logical next step following the Memorandum of Cooperation that Green

ASEAN: China Shuns South China Sea Dialogue

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Liu, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting

China's Mega Shipping Merger Moves a Step Closer

Photo: Cosco Group

 The merger talk between two state-run shipping conglomerates Cosco Group and China Shipping Group is on strong footing on on Beijing’s command.   According to sources, the companies would release an outline plan within three months

NOAA Declares Whale Deaths an ‘Unusual Morality Event’

Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak. Credit: NOAA

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the recent deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an "unusual mortality event," triggering a focused, expert investigation into the cause

Shipping Lines Cut CO2 Emissions

Graphics: 2014 – 2015 Highlights: CCWG’s data-collection process for 2014 show

 The container carriers have managed to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by around one third since 2009, according to a new report.   Average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes have declined by 8

Bulk Handling Facility Commissioned in Townsville Port

Port of Townsville Limited – Northern Australia’s Transport Link to the World

  Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) and the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) have announced the official commissioning of a state-of-the-art bulk handling facility in South Townsville. The facility, which cost $15 million to construct

Angeles Box Throughput up 3.8%

Out bound containers at Port of  Los Angeles

  August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790

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

BMT Wins Contract with US Navy Environmental Program

BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (BMT), an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced it has won a three-year contract to support the U.S. Navy’s environmental and conservation programs.  

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