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Friday, October 20, 2017

Coordinating Committee

SCC to Meet

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on March 23, 2004 to prepare for the upcoming meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). Items on the agenda include harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water; recycling of ships; prevention of air pollution from ships; and anti-fouling systems. 69 Fed. Reg. 9675 (HK Law)

SCC Meeting

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on February 19 to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Standards for Training and Watchkeeping. Topics on the agenda include safe manning levels of ships and unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency. 73 Fed. Reg. 6547 (HK Law).

Shipping Coordinating Committee Meetings

The U.S. Department of State issued Notices announcing three meetings of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. On May 20, the committee will meet in Washington, DC to discuss and decide upon possible changes to the subcommittee structure. Changes under consideration include disestablishment of the subcommittees on tonnage and measurement and on UNCTAD and establishment of subcommittees on IMO administration and budget; IMO

Coast Guard and Partners to Conduct Security Exercise

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine Emergency Team-WMD, the Cities of Portland and South Portland, Portland Pipeline and many other area agencies and industry partners will be participating in a full-scale maritime security exercise in the port of Portland May 9 through May 12

IMO’s “No Red Tape” Committee

The International Maritime Organization’s Facilitation Committee, the focus for IMO’s work in eliminating unnecessary formalities and “red tape” in international shipping, has opened its first session as a formally institutionalized Committee of the Organization.  The Committee now has full standing, reflecting the importance of its work and the issues it addresses, following the entry into force, on 7 December 2008

Posidonia 2012 Opens

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The Greek Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikramenos presided today, Monday June 4th over the official opening ceremony of the international shipping exhibition Posidonia 2012.   Many government officials, foreign diplomats and representatives of Greek and international maritime organizations attended the inauguration ceremony of Posidonia, the premier event of the global shipping industry. In his address, the Greek Premier said: “The participation of so many exhibitors at this

National Academies: Marine Debris to Worsen

Current measures to prevent and reduce marine debris are inadequate, and the problem will likely worsen, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council.  The and the international maritime community should adopt a goal of "zero discharge" of waste into the marine environment, and a system to assess the effectiveness of existing and future marine debris prevention and reduction actions should be implemented

Rand Makes Corporate Governance Changes

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced that Laurence Levy has been appointed as Executive Chairman, with responsibilities that include overseeing corporate strategy including growth and acquisition initiatives, corporate culture, and organization building. Mr. Levy formerly served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rand. Rand's Chief Executive Officer position will remain unfilled. "Today's announcement reflects the collective view of our independent directors and management team as to

Singapore Adopts Standard for Bunker Mass Flow Metering

The world’s first National Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48 : 2015) was launched in support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s and industry’s initiative to use the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore with effect from January 1, 2017. MPA said the TR sets out clear requirements for measurement and system integrity that provides a fair basis for custody transfer between the bunker supplier and

Vietnam asks Indonesia to Investigate South China Sea Shooting

Vietnam's foreign minister has asked his Indonesian counterpart to investigate and clarify reports that the Indonesian navy shot and wounded two Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Pham Binh Minh told Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi by telephone that the reported incident was "very serious ... and not appropriate with the strategic partnership relationship between Vietnam and Indonesia

U.N. Bans Four Ships over N.Korea Coal, U.S. Mulls Four More

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The United Nations Security Council has banned four ships from ports globally for carrying coal from North Korea, including one vessel that also had ammunition, but the United States postponed a bid to blacklist four others pending further investigation.   The vessels are the first to be designated under stepped-up sanctions imposed on North Korea by the 15-member council in August and September over Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test and two long-range ballistic missile launches

Op/Ed: ASTRO Act Shoots For the Stars

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi weighs in after the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on offshore development and introduced the Accessing Strategy Resources Offshore (ASTRO) Act.   Today’s hearing was a slam dunk by the House Natural Resources Committee. Not only did the Committee bring in experts and stakeholders with their own unique offshore perspectives to the hearing

Orest Sychenikov, First Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, Passed Away

Orest Sychenikov. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 It is with great sadness that the Sovcomflot management and team must announce a monumental loss to the Russian shipping community. On 9 October 2017, Orest Sychenikov, first Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, passed away at the age of 95.   On 9 October 2017, we lost a highly educated man, a talented leader who made a massive contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian maritime navigation.   

Rigdon Named Interim CEO at Tidewater

Larry Rigdon

Larry T. Rigdon will serve as interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tidewater Inc. while a search committee seeks a permanent successor to Jeffrey M. Platt, who has elected to retire from his role as director, president and CEO of offshore service vessels (OSV) owner and operator effective October 15, 2017.    “Having successfully completed the financial restructuring of Tidewater at the end of July

Standard Club Establishes New Offshore Advisory Committee

Logo: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best-practice and develop new strategies to provide a focused direction for the benefit of the club’s offshore membership.    The committee consists of leading offshore players including Allseas Group, Bumi Armada

NAMEPA to Honor Founding Chairman Maitland

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced that Clay Maitland will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at an awards dinner in New York on October 26.   Maitland, who is a Managing Partner of International Registries, Inc (Marshall Islands Ship Registry), is being recognized for his many industry accomplishments including being a NAMEPA co-founder.  

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.

IMO for Spreading Cyber Security

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Cyber security awareness on board ships plays an important role in ensuring the safety and security of shipping around the globe.    International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management, in addition to a resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems – adopted by the Organization's Maritime Safety Committee in June this year.  

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

Loutit Awarded Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship

Taryn Loutit (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

The trustees of the Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship Trust have awarded the scholarship for 2017 to Taryn Loutit.   Loutit is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at the University of Victoria with a passion for and an objective to pursue a career in naval architecture and marine engineering. She has an outstanding academic record and has completed five co-op work terms with marine-related businesses.  

IMC Envisages Singapore as Global Maritime Hub

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in August 2016, has submitted the IMC 2030 Strategic Review report to the Singapore Government.    The Committee’s vision is for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.    The Committee, chaired by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group

Implementation of Standards On Board Ships Matters

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Once technical standards have been developed by IMO and adopted into national laws, the next step is implementation on board ships.    This is the role of both flag States, who issue surveys and certificates, as well as port States, who can inspect all ships in their ports. The Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments, meeting this week for its fourth session (III 4, 25-29 September) provides a forum where all matters relating to implementation are discussed.

Reps. Hunter, Garamendi Concerned over Jones Act Waiver

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Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, raised concerns today over the Trump Administration’s decision to issue a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act for relief shipments into Puerto Rico. Hunter and Garamendi held a listening session Thursday morning with other members of the Maritime Transportation Committee and representatives from the American maritime

Safe and sustainable Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A series of the meetings under the Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have been held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia this week (2-6 October 2017).    Safety of navigation, including e-navigation, and marine environmental protection in one of the busiest waterways were on the agenda of the meetings, attended by representatives of the littoral States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)

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

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