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USCG – Exams for Certain Deck and Engine Licenses

The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) issued guidance regarding administration of examinations for certain deck and engine licenses. In order to accommodate provisions of the STCW Convention, various licensing examinations were changed effective 1 February 2002. Affected mariners already holding licenses, though, were allowed to utilize the old examination through 31 January 2007. That deadline has now been extended indefinitely. Source: HK Law


Shipping Industry Issues Ebola Virus Red Alert

The Ebola Virus: Image courtesy of Maritime London

Three global shipping organisations have issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus, and similar alerts have been issued by the P&I clubs, according to trade organization Maritime London. The ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), IMEC (International Maritime Employers’ Council), and the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) urgently advise that on all such vessels:


Dangers of Chemical Cargo Misdescription

The London P&I Club reported that one of its members recently suffered an onboard fire as a result of the wilful misdescription by shippers of a chemical cargo. London P&I warns that there is a danger of further such incidents occurring, given the nature of modern transport logistics. The cargo involved was calcium hypochlorite, a chemical in widespread use throughout the world, most commonly in the treatment and purification of water


BV Helps to ‘de-risk’ Marine Renewable Energy Tech

Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice President, Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has published a set of guidelines, NI 631 “Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies”, addressing a broad spectrum of the needs of marine renewable energy (MRE) businesses and projects.   The certification scheme covers: Floating offshore wind turbines Current and tidal turbines, including sea and river turbines Wave energy converters Ocean thermal energy converters (OTECs)


IMO Issues Circular on Mass Rescue

The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations


Port Security Grants Supplemental Guidance Issued

The Department of Homeland Security issued Supplemental Guidance on how to apply for a grant under the current round of the Port Security Grant Program.


Abandon Ship? IMO Weighs in on Assessing Hull Damage

The IMO issued a Circular providing guidelines on early assessment of hull damage and possible need for abandonment of bulk carriers. Companies that operate bulk carriers are urged to issue ship specific guidance, based on these guidelines, to masters of bulk carriers with a view to improving the precautionary measures and procedures for emergencies on board such ships. MSC Circ. 1143


New ABS Guidance Notes: Accidental Load Analysis

ABS, provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, announced the release of the ABS Guidance Notes on Accidental Load Analysis and Design for Offshore Structures. ABS developed a new and unique Guidance Note for assessing the structural consequences of accidental loads. While conventional design criteria typically take into account such variables as wind, wave, current and weather conditions, they do not include guidance on assessing design integrity under the


US Issues First Guidance on Petroleum Exports

The Obama administration released on Tuesday a long-awaited explanation of what petroleum is allowed to be shipped under the contentious 40-year ban on exports of most domestic crude. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released the guidance in the form of frequently asked questions, or FAQ, in the first effort by the administration to clarify an issue that has caused confusion and consternation in energy markets for more than a year.


IMCA Publishes Guidance on Simulator Usage

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

Simulators are used for many purposes in the offshore industry such as for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research, and asset risk assessment. Importantly too they are used in the training environment and as part of competence assessments where they enable measurable assessment of individuals in training to be undertaken.  


Biofouling Keep Out!

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Biofouling was a backburner issue until 5 March 2017. On that day the Government of New Zealand ordered the bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD out of NZ waters after the vessel’s hull was determined to be excessively fouled with potentially invasive organisms including barnacles and tube worms. 


BIMCO Guidance For Charter Negotiations

Pic: BIMCO Building. Official FB Page

 BIMCO has re-launched one of its most enduringly popular publications – Check Before Fixing.   Check Before Fixing is an indispensable tool used across the industry for daily chartering and shipping transactions. Since the first edition was issued more than 30 years ago


ABS, DSME Pact on Novel FLNG Concept

LNG·LPG carriers. Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

 ABS signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) to support safety and apply class guidance to a conceptual Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit.     “We are pleased to sign this agreement and work with DSME to support new innovations


Impacts of Bio-fouling

Photo: International Maritime Organization

The issue of biofouling has been under the microscope at a series of national workshops delivered by International Maritime Organization (IMO), most recently, a national workshop held in Antananarivo, Madagascar (25-27 April).   


ABS Facilitates Polar Code Operational Assessment

The assessment, which identifies operational risks and limitations, was performed with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, on its cable-laying vessel, Responder. Image courtesy of TE SubCom, ABS

 ABS facilitated a Polar Code Operational Assessment, a milestone in the implementation of the IMO Polar Code.   The assessment, which identifies operational risks and limitations, was performed with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd


ABS Research Establishes a Firm Foundation for Jackup Moves

Pic: Seajacks

 ABS has issued the ABS Guidance Notes on Geotechnical Performance of Spudcan Foundations, encompassing the results from multiple targeted jackup research initiatives, says a press statement from the company.  This document is the industry’s first guidance to present a thorough


New ABS Guide Advances Industry FSRU Development

Depiction of the world’s first Floating LNG Liquefaction, Regasification and Storage Unit (FLRSU). FIle Photo: Marinelink

 ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published the ABS Guide for Building and Classing LNG Regasification Vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.  


ABS Published FSRU Development Guidance

ABS has published the ABS Guide for Building and Classing LNG Regasification Vessels, outlining guidance for classing LNG regasification vessels.   “ABS has developed this industry-leading guidance based on extensive experience with the classification of LNG carriers


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


GasLog Partners buy GasLog Greece

Photo: GasLog

 Greece-based GasLog Partners LP has reached an agreement to buy 100% of the shares in the entity that owns and charters the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker GasLog Greece from GasLog Ltd.   The aggregate purchase price for the Acquisition will be $219 million


CMA CGM Supports Le Carburateur

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, and le Carburateur, an incubator for small companies in the Marseille Northern Area in France, team up to stimulate entrepeneurship and job creation in the city.  Under the guidance of Rodolphe Saadé


IMO Secretary-General Urges Vigilance after Tanker Hijack

Official photograph of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

In the wake of the recent hijacking of tanker Aris 13 off Puntland, Somalia, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to be vigilant and apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.  


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)


Royal Caribbean cuts South Korean Ports from China Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will remove visits to South Korean ports from its China cruises, the firm said in a statement, amid rising tension between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.   In a post on its Chinese website, the U.S


ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage. “ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric






 
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