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Monday, October 23, 2017

Port Safety

Hampton Roads Coast Guard Change of Command

Sector Hampton Roads Change of Command Captain Patrick B. Trapp will relieve Captain Robert R. O'Brien, Jr. as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads on April 21 at Nauticus. The Commander of Sector Hampton Roads is responsible for the Coast Guard's port safety and security, search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, and commercial vessel safety missions. The Commander exercises federal authority granted by law and regulation as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator. The area of responsibility for the Sector includes nearly all of Virginia and the Atlantic Coast of Maryland. Sector Hampton Roads enjoys an excellent working relationship with the port community and has a long-standing reputation for excellence. Captain O'Brien worked closely with the port community, military units, and federal state and local law enforcement agencies to improve the safety and security of the Port of Hampton Roads. Captain Trapp's last assignment was as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, in Portland, Maine. Prior to that assignment he served as Commander, Coast Guard Group Portland.

Charterer Pays Heavily for Breaching 'Safe Port' Warranty

Photo Wiki CCL

Charterer incurs US$138-million liability by breach of 'safe port' warranty in the 'Ocean Victory' case. Alistair Feeney, partner of London law firm Holman, Fenwick & Willan LLP gives valuable insights via London P&I Club news.  The recent decision of the Commercial Court in Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (The Ocean Victory) [2013] EWHC 2199 (Comm) serves as a useful reminder of how far charterers' warranties of port safety extend

Coast Guard Continues to Promote Security

U.S. Coast Guard personnel remain at a heightened state of alert in West Coast ports, and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies, port authorities, and harbor pilots to ensure port safety and security as contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and West Coast dockworkers continue. It is Coast Guard policy to remain neutral in labor disputes and recognize the right of all persons to peaceably demonstrate

AAPA Forum to Focus on Technology Solutions

“Moving Goods: More, Better, Faster, Safer” is the theme for the American Association of Port Authorities’ 2007 Operations, Information Technology & Safety Seminar, slated for April 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The seminar will focus on the integration and cooperation required today among those challenged with maintaining and improving freight-handling operations at public ports. Rapidly increasing trade volumes, heightened security requirements and changes in technology can compromise

Port Operations Halted as Baltimore Strike Continues

Photo: Maryland Port Administration

Multiple sources reported that a longshoremen labor strike at the Port of Baltimore Wednesday morning has forced the closure of the port’s major terminals. All cargos at the port's public marine terminals continue to be affected and no ships are operating. The strike was brought into effect by a vote held Tuesday night where the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 rejected a local contract with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore

LNG America Taps Paitl for VP Marine Ops

Captain George “Joe” Paitl

LNG America welcomes Captain George “Joe” Paitl to position of VP Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance.    Capt. Paitl is a retired US Coast Guard senior officer who most recently held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000 square mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; the Port Arthur unit

INTERTANKO Objects to Port of Trieste Fines

The Port of Trieste has advised that, with effect from March 3 2010, vessels using fuels with a sulphur content exceeding 0.1% by mass (in contravention of EU Directive 2005/33/EC) will be prosecuted with fine of between Euros 15,000 and 150,000 (usually 30,000 for the first offence). Exemption to the law will not be granted anymore and all eventual special authorizations issued in the past are cancelled, it states. INTERTANKO said that this means ship and port safety may be sacrificed purely

AMS Safety Awards Recipients for 2013

American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) announced that the Houston Pilots Association, Maersk Line, Limited, Un-Cruise Adventures and The Vane Brothers Company would be the recipients of the 2013 AMS Safety Awards. AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association, which facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports    Abu Dhabi Ports─ the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate─ informs it has received the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (IPSO) certifications

Port Operations Can Be Risky Business

Photo: Risk Intelligence

The horrific explosions in the Chinese port of Tainjin illustrated vividly just how volatile port operations can be. But safety issues are only one facet of risk in the complex world of shipping ports. From piracy on the high seas to data thievery in port, players all along the shipping value chain need to be on constant alert for the dangers that nature and human actions can present. Political unrest, theft, smuggling and corruption all figure in to the risk picture that ship owners

MPA Chairman Opens International Safety@Sea Conference

Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of MPA, delivering his speech at the opening of International Safety@Sea Conference. Photo: MPA

 The International Safety@Sea Conference was officially opened yesterday by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).    Organised by MPA as part of Safety@Sea Week, over 250 international maritime professionals convened to share best safety at sea practices.     This year’s Safety@Sea week will also see the inaugural ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) Forum which will be held on 23 August 2017

Campaign Focuses on Safety of Navigation

Pic: Paris MoU

 The two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus especially on navigational safety in a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) is being taken place from 1 September until 30 November 2017, said Danish Maritime Authority.   The inspection campaign (CIC) will be carried out over a period of three months as part of routine Port State Control inspections. Thus

Safe and Green Cargo Shipping

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure the safe and environmentally sound transport of goods was a key message delivered by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Jack Westwood Booth at the recent International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) 65th Anniversary Conference, Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain (2 October).    Reflecting the World Maritime Day Theme – “Connecting, ships

Gothenburg Port Extends Discount Period for Vessels

The Port of Gothenburg has opted for the third year in succession not to increase the charges set out in the Port Tariff. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority

 Gothenburg Port Authority has opted to keep the Port Tariff unchanged for the third year in succession. The charges for 2018 will thus be on the same level as 2015.   Port charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg. The charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety.  

Innovative New Falck Training Center

Photo: Falck

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck.   Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training

Kapellskär Port adds two quay-berths

Photo Port of Kapellskär

An important milestone has been reached at the Port of Kapellskär, now that all five quay-berths are in operation at this state-of-the-art port. The Port of Kapellskär has been expanded and now has two piers and a total of five modern quay-berths. The new 245 metre-long pier has been in operation since summer 2016. The original pier has been extensively renovated and is now ready for traffic. “An important milestone has been reached now that we have all of our five

US Detains 2 Panama-flagged Bulkers

Two Panama-flagged bulk carriers were detained in the U.S. on February 23, 2017, after substandard safety issues discovered during routine exams aboard the vessels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.   The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier was boarded in Portland on February 23, after Port State Control Officers detected the SOLAS deficiencies. U.S. Coast Guard inspectors found the fixed fire extinguishing system was improperly serviced, with the time delays left disconnected

European Social Dialogue on Ports: Employers Bullish

FIle photo from pictures of the past ESPO Conferences. Courtesy:  European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

 The European social dialogue on ports was established in June 2013 by port employers and employees to identify challenges faced by the sector, improve health and safety conditions and raise awareness about the essential contribution of port stakeholders to the EU economy and its growth.   No less than 2.2 Million ships have called EU Ports in 2012. More than 300.000 workers are directly employed by port employers who are committed to ensuring a high level of efficiency

Chidambaranar Port Trust Celebrates Safety Week

Photo: Chidambaranar

 46th Safety Week Celebration was inaugurated in V.O. Chidambaranar Port. The Safety Week Celebration for the year 2017 commenced with the flagging off of safety procession by U. Rajendran, Traffic Manager, V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust.    A huge gathering of Officers & Employees of the Port, Port Users & Stakeholders participated in the procession from V.O.C Square to the Multipurpose Hall at Port.  

Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

(Photo: MPT)

Maritime Professional Training 1915 S Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale FL 33316 USA  Tel: (954) 525-1014  Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities. Already fully stocked, MPT added significant weight to its offering in 2016 with investment in 25,000 sq. ft. of new training space and technology.   Overview

Rotterdam Port Anticipates Climate Change

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

 Right now, Rotterdam’s port area is effectively protected against floods. While most of the port area is situated outside the dikes, these port sites are elevated relatively high above sea level and are partly protected by storm surge barriers.    Only under particularly extreme weather conditions will a small number of companies be affected by limited flooding.   This is one of the conclusions of a recently-completed joint study that focussed on water safety in

Long Beach Moves Ahead with New Fireboat Stations

(Image: Port of Long Beach)

The Port of Long Beach said it has taken another step toward building two new stations to house fireboats and provide emergency response for one of the nation’s major commercial gateways.   On Monday, Harbor Commissioners approved engineering design services for Fireboat Stations Nos. 15 and 20. The Commission also approved a baseline project budget of $50.1 million for the first station to be built: Fireboat Station No. 15

Irish Navy Rescues 712 off Libya

An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland's Defence Forces said on Monday.   The LÉ Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40 kilometres north-west of Tripoli throughout Sunday. Six migrants, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness.  

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

Tokyo, Paris MOUs Launch Navigation Safety Push

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The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation.   The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations.  

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