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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Committee Meeting

DNV Greater China Offshore Committee

Zhou Shouwei, Vice General Manager of CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering accepted DNV’s invitation to be the chairman of the DNV Greater China Offshore Committee. The DNV Offshore Committee is the first of its kind to be organized by a classification society in China. “The objective of establishing this committee is to create a forum where senior executives from the Chinese offshore industry can meet to exchange information on new technology, innovation, experiences and practices related to offshore engineering,” said DNV Vice President and Regional Manager Joerg Beiler. The DNV Greater China Offshore Committee consists of senior executives and experts from the Chinese oil majors, offshore engineering companies, shipyards, design houses and those of the world’s leading oil majors that have operations in China. About 50 members attended the first committee meeting in Zhuhai in December and discussed topics that included the offshore market and technology development, deepwater technology development, changes needed for offshore construction and operation, offshore project risk management. The mayor of Zhuhai Municipal Government, Zhong Shijian, also attended this DNV Greater China Offshore Committee meeting

ABS Hosts Industry Leaders in Athens

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual Hellenic National Committee meeting in Athens, Greece in June.    “As the recognized classification leader in Greece, we bring together the best and brightest industry leaders for transparent, robust and engaging conversation related to key industry issues,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

Record Number of Delegates at SSPC 98

The SSPC 98 International Conference and Exhibition, recently held in Orlando, was attended by a record-breaking number of delegates. 3,243 users and suppliers of coatings and coatings-related products and services attended the four day event that featured training and professional development opportunities, networking, committee meetings, and other special meetings and events. The Orange County Convention Center was the hub for information exchange on all aspects of the use of coatings to

MERPAC Seeks Applicants

The Coast Guard is actively seeking applications for appointment to the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). MERPAC gives advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters pertinent to all personnel in the maritime industry, such as training, licensing, and certification and the on-going reorganization at the National Maritime Center.  Travel costs for attending the committee meetings are covered by the Coast Guard. 

MERPAC to Meet in Washington, DC

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee to meet on September 11, 2012 at USCG Headquarters.   AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.   ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.   SUMMARY: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. This meeting will be open to the public.  

IR Class Launches Advisory Committee

Photo courtesy of IRClass

IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has established a senior level advisory committee in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to increase activity and foster business links in the region. The committee comprises of 11 senior representatives from the shipping industry in UAE and is headed by Leonard B Culas, who is the MD of the Transworld Group based in Dubai. The committee will meet on a half yearly basis in order to give high level strategic advice to IRS on how the organization can

OSHA Schedules Maritime Advisory Committee Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an open meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) and its workgroups in Oakland, Calif., July 31 and Aug. 1. Notice of the MACOSH meeting was published in the July 13, 2007 Federal Register The workgroups will meet on July 31 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and MACOSH will meet on Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Both meetings

InterManager Announces New Members

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has boosted its membership with several new members joining its ranks during the first quarter of this year. Full members joining include ship management company Nigeria LNG and crew manager Nedcon. They are joined by Associate members KVH, Cubisol, Jadran Pismo and Stark Moore Macmillan. Speaking as the InterManager Executive Committee Meeting in Athens today (June 7) InterManager President Alastair Evitt

Shipping Fairways NW Australia Discussed at AMSA Meeting

NW Australia Shipping Fairways: Image credit AMSA

The third meeting of the Navigation Safety Advisory Group (NSAG) recently met to consider safety of navigation concerns in Australian waters. (NSAG is the peak consultative body for matters relating to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) responsibilities for the safety of navigation in Australian waters). The meeting attracted 24 navigation practitioners and representatives from the Australian Hydrographic Service, port and state marine authorities

Krepp Comments on GSA Storis Auction

Denise Krepp

Denise Rucker Krepp, former Maritime Administration Chief Counsel who currently advocates on behalf of the U.S. domestic ship recycling industry, issued a statement at the Coast Guard Shipping Coordinating Committee Meeting March 12, 2014, in Preparation for the April 2014 Maritime Environment Protection Committee Meeting. Below are her comments. Good morning. My name is Denise Krepp and I am representing EMR-Southern Recycling.

A Significant Date for Subchapter M

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July 20 marks a milestone in Subchapter M implementation.   Towing vessels with keels laid or major conversions on or after July 20, 2017 are required to meet 46 CFR Subchapter M and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI) prior to operating.   Additionally, starting July 20, 2018, a portion of existing towing vessels will have one year to meet all of Subchapter M and obtain COIs. As discussed in Subchapter M

Hazards of Bauxite on Cargoes

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New research considered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) this week about the behaviour of an aluminium ore that featured in a high-profile shipping casualty in 2015 could lead to changes in industry rules about how such cargoes should be handled.   IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4, 11-15 September) this week is considering the latest research results on the potential instability of bauxite when carried as a ship’s cargo.

ICS Names Cresswell Marine Committee Chairman

Martin Cresswell (Photo: ICS)

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has appointed Martin Cresswell, Technical Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, as the new Chairman of the ICS Marine Committee.     He succeeds Peter Bond (Cyprus Shipping Chamber) who recently stood down following four years of service as Chairman of ICS’s principal technical committee.   “The Marine Committee is very much the engine room of ICS

MMPAC October 2017 Meeting Set

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups are scheduled to meet October 26-27, 2017, at United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, WV.   Although the meetings are open to the public, attendees must pre-register to be admitted. Additional details about the location, point of contact, how to submit comments, and the agenda can be found in the Federal Register in notice document 82 FR 44433

DNV GL forms Committee for Offshore Equipment Manufacturers

Nick Prokopuk, Antony DSouza, Herman DeJong, Nick Roper (DNV GL) presented a certificate of appointment as Chairman to Ian Friesen (NOV) Photo DNV GL

The NAOEMC is comprised of a group of industry experts and leaders that establish expectations and align the industry for future growth and development in offshore equipment manufacturing. The formation and sponsorship of industry committees is a longstanding tradition within DNV GL. The current market situation is more conducive to establishing the NAOEMC, as all stakeholders recognize the shift to “work smarter, not harder” and see value in partnership and collaboration

0.5% Sulphur Cap Implementation on Agenda

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Work to support the smooth and effective implementation of the 0.5% m/m global sulphur cap on fuel oil used by ships will be a main focus for the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 4th session, which meets this week (16-20 January).    The Sub-Committee will consider what additional measures may be needed to promote consistent implementation and will report with a justification and scope for further work to the Marine Environment Protection Committee

Ship Design and Construction Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​The Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) meets for its fourth session this week (13-17 February).    Key topics on the agenda include the expected finalization of draft explanatory notes to the SOLAS chapter II-1 subdivision and damage stability regulations and the completion of draft interim guidelines for use of fibre reinforced plastic elements within ship structures.   

ABS, Industry Experts Tackle MODU Safety Issues

At its annual Special Committee Meeting, ABS shared recent enhancements to ABS jacking gear requirements, which address jackup system reliability. Photo: ABS

 ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the offshore industry, collaborated with industry experts during its annual Special Committee Meeting held recently to discuss the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), with the goal of assuring that Rule requirements align with industry needs.   “Our leadership position in the offshore sector is based on the ability to provide exceptional guidance and services

Ship Systems and Equipment Meeting Underway

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE).    The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related guidelines will be submitted to the Maritime Safety committee (MSC) in June for consideration.    Also set for completion are draft amendments to the 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU)

ABS Leads Industry Discussion on 2020 Sulfur Cap Impact Scenarios

Photo: ABS

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual National and Regional Committee meetings in London, Copenhagen and Hamburg in mid-March.   “Our committee meetings provide a platform for transparent, robust and engaging conversation with industry,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.    The committee meetings provide a forum for ABS Members, including owners, operators

New Fuel Regs Drive Scrubber Business

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association and its members are preparing to meet higher demand for gas scrubbing systems to bring SOx emissions in line with the targets set by the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulfur content proposals. As previously reported by this correspondent in Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (December 2016 issue, page 24; January 2017 issue, page 28), the IMO has come in for some severe criticism over its proposals to introduce a global marine fuels sulfur content cap

Inmarsat FleetBroadband Moves Towards IMO GMDSS Nod

Photo: Inmarsat

The role of Inmarsat as sole provider of satellite technology performing to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards is set for advancement, after an IMO Sub Committee decided to greenlight consideration of both FleetBroadband and Fleet One for formal approval.   To date, Inmarsat is the only company which has received approval from the International Maritime Organization to provide the GMDSS data and messaging communications on which mariners rely in the last resort

IMO’s Legal Committee to Promote HNS 2010

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Legal Committee is expected to consider adopting a resolution to encourage the ratification and implementation of the 2010 HNS Convention, when it meets for its 104th session (26-28 April).    Norway recently became the first country to become a Contracting State to this key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship

ABS Addresses Marine and Offshore Industry Challenges

Guide for Dropped Object Prevention on Offshore Units and Installations. Image: ABS

 ABS held its annual Marine and Offshore Technical Committee Meetings in Houston in early May and addressed industry challenges and sharpen focus on future needs.   “Collaborating with significant and recognized industry leaders representing ship owners, yards, operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors helps guide our research and development focus,” said ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman.   

Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation measures for heavy fuel oil (HFO) use in the Arctic:    “Ocean Conservancy welcomes steps taken by the International Maritime Organization to mitigate risks to the Arctic from the use

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