IMO Secretary General William O'Neil Addresses Bulk Carrier Safety
IMO Secretary, General William O'Neil, has highlighted the need for widespread and concerted efforts to improve bulk carrier safety. Among other items on a busy agenda, the Sub-Committee has been requested by the Maritime Safety Committee to work on a number of tasks related to bulk carrier safety that emerged from the recommendations of the re-opened formal investigation into the loss of the m.v. Derbyshire. Specifically, the Sub-Committee will be looking at alternative means of sealing up anchor chain pipes to prevent water entry and whether access to chain lockers should be by bolted manholes and not doors. It will also be considering…
MCA Delivers Study Results on Bulk Carrier Safety
Extensive work on bulk carrier safety coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) with international participation is now complete, and a final report of the study results has been submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their meeting on December 2nd to December 13th 2002. The United Kingdom has been fully committed to addressing bulk carrier safety following the loss of the MV Derbyshire in 1980 with the loss of 44 lives. Bulk carrier safety has a poor record with over 500 ship casualties resulting in the loss of more than 2000 lives in the period from 1978 to the present date.
Informal Meeting Discussed Bulk Carrier Safety
An informal meeting invited to consider bulk carrier safety issues has agreed that the approach currently being taken within IMO is the right one at this juncture but that more work needs to be done to prevent continuing losses. The meeting convened by the Secretary-General of IMO, William O'Neil, at IMO Headquarters on Friday March 22, 2002, was attended by F. Tsao and R. Holt, Chairman and Secretary-General of INTERCARGO, respectively; Messrs. I. Ponomarev, R. Bradley and J. De Rose (Chairman of the IACS Council, Permanent Secretary and Permanent Representative of IACS to IMO, respectively); and members of the IMO Secretariat. The Chairman of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), Tom Allan, had also been invited but could not attend due to another commitment.
AAPA Legislative Policy Council Announces New Actions
Several key actions were taken by the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Legislative Policy Council (LPC) at its 92nd annual convention being held this week in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. The LPC is comprised of port directors representing each region of AAPA’s U.S. Delegation. Port security continues to be one of the highest priorities for AAPA. Actions taken in this area relate to Federal funding and limited liability. Highlights include the following. · A call for $400 million in Federal funding for the Transportation Security Administrations (TSA) port security grant program in the FY ’05 Federal budget. The FY’04 level is expected only to be $125 million, while the Coast Guard projects the cost to be $1.125 billion in the first year.
U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee - Meetings
The U.S. of State, will conduct two meetings in Washington, DC. Safety Committee. safety, bulk carrier safety, and measures to enhance maritime security. Conference on Maritime Security to be held in London on December 9-13, 2002. (SLF). provisions and large passenger vessel safety.
American Club Expands E-Learning Offering
The American P&I Club has added to its library of e-learning modules released in cooperation with IDESS IT in the Philippines. The new module covers compliance with The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code). The aim is to familiarize members and their crews with the code’s requirements for bulk carriers, terminal operators and other parties involved in the safe handling of solid bulk cargoes. The module is the second in a series of bulk carrier safety training e-learning modules released by the club. The first, released in January this year, was a module on compliance with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.
USCG Hosts Intermodal Container Strike Force
The U.S. Multi-Agency Strike Force Operation (MASFO) for the purpose of inspecting the transportation of intermodal containers to ensure compliance with various federal, state, and local regulations. “The Coast Guard is primarily checking containers for proper blocking and bracing of hazardous materials,” said Coast Guard Ensign Tony Migliorini, Director of Compliance and Security. Local police departments check drivers for proper driving credentials, search for contraband, and inspect trucks for safety regulations. Canines from both the Coast Guard and police departments will be used. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration…
FMCSA – Roadability Rule Published
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its final rule addressing requirements for intermodal equipment providers (sometimes referred to as the roadability rule). The regulations require providers of intermodal equipment (e.g., shipping container chassis) to register and file with the FMCSA an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report; establish a systematic inspection, repair, and maintenance program to assure the safe operating condition of each intermodal chassis; maintain documentation of their maintenance program; and provide a means to effectively respond to driver and motor carrier reports about intermodal chassis mechanical defects and deficiencies.
Multi-Agency Operation Focuses on Containers in Port of Baltimore
The Coast Guard, along with other federal, state and local agencies, will conduct a joint operation today at the Maryland Port Administration's Seagirt and Dundalk Marine Terminals to promote awareness and verify compliance with federal and state shipping regulations. Inspections on containerized cargo ships are conducted daily by individual agencies, but this multi-agency strike force operation is one in a series of similar initiatives conducted in ports nationwide since September 1998. This joint operation is coordinated between agencies that have jurisdiction so that shipments can be simultaneously inspected for compliance with all applicable requirements. The operation will involve the inspection of trucks, cargo containers and cargo tanks as they enter and leave the marine terminals.
ClassNK Expands Joint Research in Europe
Classification society ClassNK announced that it will join a new European Joint R&D project to ensure bulk carrier safety. The project, called LiquefAction, aims to better understand the physical properties of cargo liquefaction in order to prevent bulk carrier casualties and is being carried out by a consortium of Europe’s top research institutions, including Germany’s Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt (HSVA) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), as well as France’s Ecole Central de Nantes (ECN) and the Institute of Science and Technology for Transport…
ClassNK: New Software System for Container Carriers
(PRESS RELEASE) ClassNK released its new structural design support system PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers to correspond with its latest rule amendments. To promote container carrier safety, ClassNK released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on December 25, 2015. The amendments, based on findings from ClassNK’s investigation into a large container carrier casualty, include updates to independent longitudinal strength requirements and reflect the new IACS Unified Requirements (UR) S11A and S34. These amendments will apply to container carriers contracted for construction on or after 1 April 2016, three months before the application of the IACS UR S11A and S34.
Four-Ship Boost for Diamond 53 Double Hull
A Consortium led by the U.K.-based Graig Group and its China-based subsidiary have given a major boost to the Diamond 53, a new, future-proof double-hull ultra-handymax bulk carrier design, by signing a letter of intent to build four vessels, with four options, at CSIC yards in China. Delivery of the first of a series of Diamond 53 type vessels is scheduled for 2004. "Double hull bulk carriers are the way forward," says Hugh Williams, ceo of Graig. owners and charterers major operational cost savings, while significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection. conducting. The Diamond 53 ultra-handymax double-hull bulk carrier design has been developed jointly by Graig and Denmarks' Carl Bro, with whom Graig has a joint venture design company based in Shanghai.
Four-ship Boost for Diamond 53
ultra-handymax bulk carrier design, by signing a letter of intent to build four vessels, with four options, at CSIC yards in China. first of a series of Diamond 53 type vessels is scheduled for 2004. "Double hull bulk carriers are the way forward," says Hugh Williams, CEO of Graig. owners and charterers major operational cost savings, while significantly enhancing safety and environmental protection. conducting. The Diamond 53 ultra-handymax double-hull bulk carrier design has been developed jointly by Graig and Denmarks' Carl Bro, with whom Graig has a joint venture design company based in Shanghai. operational experience both from owners and class. including a full 3-D model. The first series of ships are intended to be built at Bohai and other nominated CSIC Shipyards in northern China.
New Bulk Carrier E-Learning Module
A new addition to the existing catalogue of the American P&I Club’s e-learning modules covers compliance with the mandatory requirements of the IMO’s International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code. Speaking in New York, Dr William Moore, senior vice president of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc. (the club’s managers), said, “The aim of this timely initiative is to provide club members with relevant and useful training tools for safety and environmental protection compliance.
Amid Tension, China Carrier Group Sails through Taiwan Strait
A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing. Beijing has taken an increasingly hostile stance toward Taiwan since the election two years ago of President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. China suspects Tsai wants to push for formal independence, though she has said she wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to ensuring peace.
IMO Issues Preview for Maritime Safety Committee
A revised Annex B to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol and amendments to the enhanced survey programme for bulk carriers and oil tankers are expected to be adopted when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 77th session from 28 May to 6 June. Other major issues on the MSC agenda include the implementation of security measures adopted in December 2002, places of refuge, the safety of bulk carriers, the proposed IMO Model Audit Scheme and implementation of the revised STCW Convention. The MSC (including Parties to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol) is expected to adopt what amounts to a comprehensive revision of the technical regulations of the original Load Lines Convention.
Pattofatto Honored With Award
The International Maritime Prize for 2001 will be awarded posthumously to Dr. Italian classification society Registro Italiano Navale. William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, will present the prize to Dr. their two sons Leone and Riccardo during a special ceremony today on December 4 at IMO's London Headquarters. died at his home in March 2001 after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. delegation. after as a chairman both of sub-committees and other groups. Committee in 1994. of the International Safety Management Code. element aspects. major operation soon after he took over the chairmanship of the MSC. himself fit for duty even before he had completely recovered. contribution to the work and objectives of IMO. safety.
Lloyd’s Register and the Standard P&I Club Publish Booklet
Lloyd’s Register and The Standard P&I Club have jointly produced a booklet on hatch cover safety. This publication, ‘A Master’s Guide to Hatch Cover Maintenance’, is primarily designed to assist members of the crew with the safe operation and maintenance of large hatch covers. It is currently being distributed to owners and operators of all Lloyd’s Register classed ships that have large hatch covers, for placing on board. The guide further demonstrates Lloyd’s Register’s commitment to shipboard safety and hull integrity, and follows hot on the heels of the recently announced IACS bulk carrier safety measures. · safety when working with hatch covers.
Image ... Integrity ... impossible? In case you haven’t noticed, the marine industry has been engaged in a systematic metamorphosis of sorts, with a good deal of energy and resources dedicated lately towards the dubious achievement of crafting a “good public image.” From inland operators concerned with local communities to oceangoing ships adhering to international statutes, the forum and the jury range widely in size and makeup, but the judge — “public” opinion — is always the same, and the verdict of “good image” or “bad image” can go a long way in ultimately determining a company’s long-term success. Industry leaders traveling the well-worn conference circuit have increasingly addressed the need for the marine business to essentially clean-up its collective act.
IMO Secretary-General Highlights Safety Record at MSC
IMO Secretary-General William O’Neil has highlighted the shipping industry’s continued success in achieving improvements to its safety and environmental record as he addressed delegates at the opening of the 77th session of the Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in London today. Mr O’Neil spoke of shipping as “an industry to be proud of”, and added that no opportunity to emphasize this should be missed. Mr O’Neil drew delegates’ attention to statistics for the period, 1991 to 2001, recently issued by the Lloyd’s Underwriters Marine Intelligence Unit, which show a very clear and sustained decline in the number of ships over 500 gross tons lost each year, from over 180 units in 1991 to less than 80 units just ten years later.
NTSB Issues Report on 2016 Columbia River Bulker Grounding
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report on its investigation into the November 2016 grounding of the bulk carrier Nenita in the Columbia River. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was fully laden when it suffered an engine failure that impacted its ability to maneuver and subsequently ran aground at Three Tree Point on the Washington State side of the river. The ship’s bulbous bow and hull were damaged, but no injuries or pollution were reported. The vessel was towed to Longview, Wash.
Graig Group Secures Orders For Bulk Carriers
double-hull ultra handymax Diamond 53 bulk carrier. confirmed, through Graig, three orders at Shanghai's Chengxi yard. deliveries will begin in January 2005. granted by the two shipyards. says Hugh Williams, ceo of Graig. for bulkers, we expect many more to follow their lead. discussions with charterers. company based in Shanghai. Bulk Carrier with full Nauticus package including a full 3-D model. Seascope has been appointed as exclusive broker for the Diamond series. concerns raised by IMO/IACS around bulk carrier safety. and four 36 tonne electro-hydraulic luffing cranes. Diamond 53 design can be found on the www.graigcarlbro.com website. panamax vessel, the Diamond 75. capesize Diamond.
New IACS Chairman Sets Out Priorities
Alan Gavin, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping’s Marine Director, became chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) on July 1, 2002. He succeeds Igor Ponomarev, of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. Gavin stated that during his year of tenure there are two main issues that need to be addressed in addition to progressing the existing major work programs in areas such as bulk carrier safety. These priorities will address transparency and closer relations with leading industry associations. He said: “Transparency of class and statutory information is seen as a means of exposing sub-standard shipping and allowing flag and port state to target these ships.