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Friday, October 21, 2016

Supporting Myanmar’s Search and Rescue Services

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting Myanmar’s efforts to improve its national search and rescue (SAR) services with an IMO-led needs assessment mission (17-18 October). Experts are analysing the current structure of the country’s SAR organization as well as the available SAR facilities, and shore-based infrastructure of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Under the GMDSS, all passenger and cargo ships over 300 gross tonnage on international…

IMO Supports African Maritime Summit

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support sustainable maritime development in Africa by participating in the opening of the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, held in Lomé, Togo (11-15 October). The Summit is addressing all aspects of maritime safety and security governance and is expected to conclude with the adoption, by African Heads of State and Government, of a Charter on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa.

Inmarsat’s LISW17 set stage for Digital future of Maritime

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Inmarsat has announced plans in support of its diamond sponsor commitment for London International Shipping Week, 11-15 September 2017 (LISW17) by staging three key events focusing on the maritime industry’s digital future. To coincide with the official launch of LISW17 on October 19th 2016, Inmarsat announced that its separate events would target: shipping’s response to digital disruption; the future of maritime safety; and maritime cyber security myth-busting. All three sessions will be held at Inmarsat Global HQ, London on 12-13 September, 2017.

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group. Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. The training package will feature a number of elements, including rules and regulations (ISM code), crew and crisis management and – important in public transportation – cross cultural differences.

Clyde Launches Training Facility

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre. CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international market at its new complex on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank. Phase one of operations at the centre has created in the region of 30 jobs with potential operational growth likely to create future employment.

RINA - Lloyd's Maritime Safety Award


The safety of the seafarer and the maritime environment begins with good design, followed by sound construction and efficient operation. Naval architects and engineers involved in the design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures can make a significant contribution to safety and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, with the support of Lloyd's Register, wishes to recognise the achievement of engineers in improving safety at sea and the protection of the maritime environment. Such recognition serves to raise awareness and promote further improvements.

AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016. The election was conducted on 11 June, 2015 during the 95th session of MSC at the IMO’s headquarters in London. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) senior technical body on safety-related matters, and the appointment is a major achievement in the maritime industry.

Coast Guard Seeks Comment on New Safety Training

U.S. The U.S. Coast Guard Monday, April 14, 2014, announced the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking involving the possible expansion of its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels and mobile offshore units. These vessels are defined as the OSVs and MOUs engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, regardless of flag. This regulatory action aims to enhance personnel preparedness for persons other than crew (U.S. and foreign) when responding to emergencies such as fire, personal injury and abandon ship situations in hazardous environments.

Minister Calls for ‘Sea Change’ in Maritime Safety Culture

Crew wear lifejackets: File photo

Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has called for a sea change in attitudes to maritime safety, as he launched a new consultation process on maritime safety: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture. Minister Varadkar highlighted the 134 maritime fatalities which have occurred since 2002, almost half of which were as a result of leisure activities on recreational craft. He was speaking at the launch of the consultation process in the Department of Transport…

New Data Safety Service for Inmarsat FleetBroadband


Supported by European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Inmarsat’s forthcoming Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for FleetBroadband, delivers an increased data capability over the Inmarsat-4 network, including the Alphasat satellite, providing global coverage and the same reliability of over 99.9 per cent associated with the Inmarsat network. MSDS will continue to offer distress alerting, priority messaging and SafetyNET safety information broadcasts, but also deliver greater data capability than is currently available with Inmarsat C safety services.

COMSAT Mobile Honored For Maritime Safety

COMSAT Mobile Communications (CMC) was honored with the Maritime Safety Award at the Seaman's Church Institute's 24th Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York City on June 14. In addition to noting CMC's variety of data, high-speed data and voice mobile satellite communications services, the Maritime Safety Award also recognized CMC's operators and their ability to respond effectively in emergency situations. Traditionally, the Seaman's Church Institute Maritime Safety Award is presented to groups or individuals at the Silver Bell Awards dinner in recognition of a specific event, such as a rescue or dedicated commitment to the industry…

DMCA Moves Forward with Maritime Safety Policy

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority.

The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is proceeding with the implementation of its Maritime Safety Policy as part of the first-of-its-kind maritime sector strategy’s initiatives for developing, organizing and promoting Dubai’s maritime industry. The new policy reflects the commitment of local government authorities to providing all forms of support to consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading global maritime hub. It will promote maritime development and safety by requiring higher levels of operational performance and advanced…

DCMA to continue Organizing Anchorage of Maritime Crafts in Dubai

Image Courtesy DMCA

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, revealed its continuing efforts in organizing anchorage of maritime crafts across Dubai waters. Dubai is witnessing a big turnout of maritime crafts ranging from business and tourism, to sports and entertainment, due to its strategic position as a global business and tourism hub. The continuous follow-up of these procedures…

Australia Joins IMO Capacity-building Effort

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to support IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) capacity-building activities through the provision of experts and hostship facilities for the delivery of ITCP activities, as well as the secondment of staff from AMSA. The new MoU is aimed at assisting developing countries to comply with international maritime safety and environmental protection laws and standards by understanding, implementing and enforcing IMO instrumentsAMSA has a long history of engagement in technical capacity-building…

Green Lights on Singapore Strait TSS Crossing

Singapore Strait Western Part: Image credit Br. Admiralty

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted an earlier recommendation that ships display 3 all-round green lights when crossing the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The night signals identify these vessels crossing the TSS during hours of darkness which will allow other vessels in the appropriate lanes to take actions if required, thereby enhancing navigational safety. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-first session in Nov 2012, in accordance with the provisions of resolution A.858(20)…

Sekimizu Elected Secretary-General, IMO

Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), effective January 1, 2012, for an initial term of four years. The vote took place during the 106th session of the IMO Council, which is meeting from June 27 to July 1. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from November 21-30, 2011, for approval. Sekimizu, 58, is currently Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division.

Intertanko Co-Sponsors Maritime Transport Symposium

Intertanko will co-sponsor a symposium in the European Union capital Brussels on January 24, 2002 on the subject of: The First European Parliament Symposium on Maritime Safety in Europe Maritime safety: Over the horizon? The symposium will draw up an inventory of European policies on maritime safety, and aims to heighten the awareness of the players involved and give an opportunity to compare ideas. The speakers will include Loyola de Palacio, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner in charge of Transport and Energy, Göke Daniel Frerichs, president of the European Union's Economic and Social Committee, Isabelle Durant and F. Alvarez-Cascos of the European Union Transport Council. Source: Intertanko

Death Toll Rises in China Sea Ship Collision

According to Xinhua, the death toll from an accident in the East China Sea rose to nine on when rescuers retrieved another body from a cargo ship that sank after colliding with another ship late on Saturday night. Twelve sailors have been rescued but eight others are still missing, sources with the maritime safety administration of Zhejiang Province revealed on Monday. The collision occurred at around 11 pm on Saturday near the Langgang islands, northeast of Zhoushan Island, Zhejiang Province, when a cargo ship belonging to a transport company in Shenzhen crashed into another one registered in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong ship, "Huirong", sank immediately and all its 29 sailors on board were marooned out at sea.

Iridium Supports Maritime Safety System

According to reports, Iridium Satellite said Monday Britain's Royal National Lifeboat Institution has started testing a maritime safety system using its network. Iridium said that the RNLI will be testing a safety system for automatic vessel monitoring and emergency alerting at sea.

EU Launches Maritime Safety Agency

The European Union has launched a Maritime Safety Agency in an effort to boost safety regulations following the Prestige outcome. It is reported EU governments decided to create the EMSA after the Erika incident in 1999, but the agency is now being implemented following the effects on the Spanish coast.

Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) was reviewed by the IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR). The application will now proceed to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its next meeting in November, before advancing to a group of experts for comprehensive technical and operational evaluation. The delegates stated support for the United States position to advance Iridium's application to the next stage for evaluation. Final approval will be up to the Maritime Safety Committee, following review of the experts' report by NCSR, which is expected by mid-2016.

Australian Research on Human Aspects of Maritime Safety

A world leading collaborative research project between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia will investigate the safety culture of shipping operations over a three-year period. AMSA, and UQ have obtained a linkage grant through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to examine the predictors and outcomes of safety culture in the Australian maritime industry. Ship Safety Division general manager Allan Schwartz said the findings from the project would be used to improve safety policies, regulations and practices that aim to reduce the number of accidents and incidents in Australian waters.

EC Vows to Toughen Maritime Safety

The European Commission (EC) has adopted rules prohibiting transport of heavy fuel in single hull tankers and setting an earlier date for phase-out of single hull tankers. Further work is planned with regard to clarification of legal responsibility for maritime accidents. On January 2, French President Jacques Chirac and Commission President Romano Prodi discussed the issue of maritime safety. This followed the collision of the Turkish tanker Vicky with a sunken carrier off the French coast on Wednesday. The tanker was transporting 70,000 tons of highly flammable kerosene. Against the backdrop of this accident and the ongoing oil pollution caused by the accident of the tanker "Prestige" off the Spanish coast last November…

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