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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Flag State

ChartCo Now Has Flag State from Cyprus

U.K. broadcaster of marine information by satellite, ChartCo, has been granted Flag State Approval from Cyprus, thus bringing the number of flag states that have formally approved the ChartCo broadcast service to more than 20. Strategically important to ChartCo, Cyprus is the home base of myriad ship managers and owners. In addition, many vessels choose Cyprus as their flag state, even if they do not originate from the island.

Foreign-flag Ship Detentions in UK

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) detained 9 ships in UK ports during December 2012 after they failed Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports during December 2012 and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only three vessels remained under detention at the end of December. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve

Dr. Payer: Flags and Class Must Should Work Closer

Closer cooperation between flag states and class societies will help to minimize casualty damage to people, property and the marine environment and result in better casualty reports, Dr Hans Payer, chief executive of Germanischer Lloyd told top level representatives of the world maritime industry and flag states at the Mare Forum conference on Flag State Quality and Regulatory Governance in Athens on September 20, 2002.

ICS Publishes New Flag State Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table - see www.ics-shipping.org/flag-performance.htm  The Table collates various data available in the public domain. Under the supervision of ICS's member national shipowners' associations, the presentation of the Table for 2011 has been modified slightly in order to address feedback from governments. 

DNV: Need for windfarm construction vessels growing rapidly

photo: courtesy DNV

Dubai: 2013 marks the start of a period of rapid growth in the windfarm construction vessel market and it coincides with new operational demands that require careful consideration, particularly in the design of jack-up systems.   DNV highlights the need for owners and yards to consider both class and flag state requirements when evaluating limited operation designs.    At least 20 new windfarm installation vessels will be required by 2020 only to meet Europe’s

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website, parismou.org, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J. Schiferli, Secretary General of the Secretariat of Paris MoU. “Is there a better way than showing the facts?”    The new statistical feature shows the results of validated inspections within

Maitland Addresses Mandatory Data Collection by Flag States

A mandatory system of data collection by flag states is the best way to lift the veil of secrecy from the shipping industry without interfering with the normal process of ship sales, financing, insurance and legitimate commercial secrecy needs, Clay Maitland, managing partner of International Registries, Inc. (IRI), said at a Conference on Maritime Legislation, Regulation and Policy in Washington, D.C. today . IRI administers the Marshall Islands registry

Marshall Islands Adopts New Standards for PMSCs

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has informed those companies with vessels under its flag that “effective January 1, 2016, companies shall engage only those PMSCs that are certified to the new ISO 28007-1:2015 standard by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) authorized certification body.”   The Marshall Islands, the world’s third largest registry with a fleet of more than 3,640 ships

Wärtsilä EGC Gets First Flag Approval in Asia

The Ro-Ro vessel Theben is equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning (EGC) System from Wärtsilä. The system is the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority.

The Singapore flag state authorities have approved Wärtsilä's exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, making it the first EGC to be approved by an Asian flag authority. The approvals relate to Wärtsilä EGC systems ordered for two new RoRo vessels owned by a Japanese shipowner and currently being operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the privately owned Swedish/Norwegian shipping company. The ships entered into service this year.  

Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

(Photo: Joaquin Andres Bosqued)

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world

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.

MPA, ReCAAP Join in Combating Piracy

Speakers and participants of the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in cooperation with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), jointly launched the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in Singapore.   The Capacity Building Executive Programme—targeted at senior-level personnel with 10 to 15 years of experience and above in maritime

Panama's World Maritime Day Parallel Event

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The connections between ships, ports and people were once again the focus for an international audience, as Panama hosted the 2017 World Maritime Day Parallel Event.   The event was formally opened by His Excellency Mr Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, President of the Republic of Panama.   During the keynote address, which focused on the World Maritime Day theme "Connecting ships, ports and people"

DNV GL Rolls Out Electronic Certificates Across Entire Fleet

DNV GL has commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet. (Copyright DNV GL)

In a first for the ship classification industry, DNV GL has commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet. The widespread use of electronic certificates will result in significant efficiency gains for ship owners, charterers, regulators and crew, cutting down administrative burdens, processing time and document handling costs.   For the past few years

Ballast Water Convention Fate in the Balance -Coldharbour CEO

Andrew Marshall (Photo: Coldharbour)

Delegates at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 71, due to gather in London during the first week of July, may well have the last chance to ensure that the long-delayed Ballast Water Convention is implemented, as intended, in an orderly fashion when ships undergo their special surveys, once every five years.   This, says Coldharbour Chief Executive Andrew Marshall, will ultimately decide whether the Convention’s requirements are finally fulfilled across the

Inspection of Ships of 18 Years or Older in Brazil

Image: The Standard Club

 The Standard Club has been informed by its local correspondent in Brazil that following recent casualties involving bulk carriers, a series of new inspection requirements have been imposed in Brazilian ports for certain ships that are 18 years or older.   Brazilian flagged bulk carriers that have been converted from oil tankers, carrying cargo with a density equal to or greater than 1.78 t/m3, such as iron ore

ClassNK Publishes Annual Report on Port State Control

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Valerie Walker)

ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2016.   PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation

Out of 210 Ships, 158 Hit South Asian Beaches in Q2

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 There were a total of 210 ships broken in the second quarter of 2017. 158 of these ships ended up on South Asian beaches for dirty and dangerous breaking, said NGO Shipbreaking Platform.   The Platform was able to document five accidents at the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh, between April and June, which led to the death of four workers and the injury of two.   Ishaq worked as a winch operator and died struck by a cable at the BBC Steel Shipbreaking/KR yard

Acorus Denied Access to Paris MoU Region

Photo: Paris MoU

 M/V Acorus vessel was detained in Port of Asprogirpos (Elefsis) - Greece on 6 July 2017. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months.    The ship flies the flag of Moldova Republic, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.   "Therefore under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC, the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region

The Marshall Islands Move to Head of the Class

From left to right: Theo Xenakoudis, IRI Managing Director, Greece; Bill Gallagher, IRI President; and John Ramage, COO, IRI. (Phoo: IRI)

Leveraging 27 worldwide offices, the RMI Registry has been gaining market share year-on-year. Surging tonnage and a solid record for safety has pushed the registry to the head of the class.   When the Marshall Islands Registry announced that it had become the world’s second largest – at a whopping 223,262,177 deadweight tons – the registry’s leadership was quick to emphasize quality as the leading reason

EC Measures to Improve Conditions for Seafarers

Image: Twitter Page for News and information from the European Commission.

 The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels.   The proposal transposes an agreement between social partners in the maritime transport sector into EU law.    This agreement in turn takes account of changes to the Maritime Labour Convention, which the Members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted in 2014.  

IRClass Accredited for EU MRV Services from RvA

Vijay Arora (Photo: IRClass)

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA). RvA is an internationally reputed, Netherlands based EU notified body for accrediting an organisation as ‘Independent Verifier’ as per ISO 14065 and applicable EU regulation 2015/757.   The EU regulation 2015/757 requires ships of above 5,000 GT

EC Financial Instrument to Facilitate Ship Recycling

Image: © NGO Shipbreaking Platform – Designed by Annelise Combeaud

 The European Commission released its report on the viability of a financial incentive for sustainable ship recycling under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation this week.    Whilst it acknowledges the benefits for clean and safe ship recycling such an incentive would bring, the European Commission has decided to wait with its introduction.    NGOs urge the EU to take action now as it is well documented that ship owners will with ease be able to circumvent the EU Ship

Verifavia to Provide IMO DCS Services for Liberian-flagged Ships

Agreement with Liberian Registry will allow all Liberian-flagged vessels to benefit from independent IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services from Verifavia    Emissions verification company for the transport sector Verifavia said it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services for Liberian-flagged vessels. The Liberian Registry – the second largest in the world – includes more than 4

ClassNK e-Certificate Approved for Use by Leading Flag States

Classification society ClassNK has expanded the scope of the world’s first comprehensive electronic certificate service for classification and statutory certificates to include the flag states of Panama, Singapore and the Marshall Islands from September 15, 2017. The service, ClassNK e-Certificate, currently available to Liberian-flagged vessels, will be available to ClassNK-registered vessels from a total of four flag states

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