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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Committee Meeting News

DNV Greater China Offshore Committee

Zhou Shouwei, Vice General Manager of CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering accepted DNV’s invitation to be the chairman of the DNV Greater China Offshore Committee. The DNV Offshore Committee is the first of its kind to be organized by a classification society in China. “The objective of establishing this committee is to create a forum where senior executives from the Chinese offshore industry can meet to exchange information on new technology, innovation, experiences and practices related to offshore engineering,” said DNV Vice President and Regional Manager Joerg Beiler.

ABS Addresses Marine and Offshore Industry Challenges

Guide for Dropped Object Prevention on Offshore Units and Installations. Image: ABS

ABS held its annual Marine and Offshore Technical Committee Meetings in Houston in early May and addressed industry challenges and sharpen focus on future needs. “Collaborating with significant and recognized industry leaders representing ship owners, yards, operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors helps guide our research and development focus,” said ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman. Fireman identified four key focus areas that will help industry deal with this new data-centric world: data collection, data security, data management and data analytics.

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, robust and engaging conversation with industry,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. The committee meetings provide a forum for ABS Members, including owners, operators, charterers, and industry representatives from flag administrations…

ABS Hosts Technical Committee Meetings

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) held its annual Marine Technical Committee and Offshore Technical Committee meetings in Houston May 7-8, 2015, convening a broad cross section of industry stakeholders to review proposed changes to ABS Rules and to discuss the direction of the organization's research and development (R&D) program. "The annual meetings of The Marine Technical Committee (TMTC) and The Offshore Technical Committee (TOTC) provide a forum for industry leaders to share their views on suggested changes to ABS Rules and to exchange ideas that help guide our R&D efforts…

Agenda For DNV-GL Regional Offshore Committee Meet

His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World and chairperson of the DNV GL Offshore Technical Committee outlined the key focus areas for the Regional Committee meeting that will be held in Dubai on October 23, 2014. This was discussed at a meeting with DNV representatives Mr. Bijali M.P., Regional Manager – Offshore Class, Middle East & India and Mr. Ralph Becker, Regional Manager – Business Development, Middle East & India. H.E. Buamim discussed the importance of constructive cooperation to push the maritime industry and allied operations in developing economic relations and investment activities in targeted areas and emerging markets.

Shipping Coordinating Committee – Meeting

The U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on October 26 to prepare for the upcoming meeting of contracting parties to the London Dumping Convention. 69 Fed. Reg. 54825 (HK Law).

Shipping Coordinating Committee Meeting

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the State Department, will hold a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. to assist in refining the U.S. position prior to the Diplomatic Conference on the Draft Protocol to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974. The public meetings will be held on June 26, July 31, September 5, and October 16, 2002.

Commercial Operations Departmental Advisory Committee - meeting

The Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and Related Functions (COAC), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, will meet in Buffalo, New York on September 10. Topics on the agenda include advance cargo information, World Customs Organization (WCO) security, C-TPAT process review, and bioterrorism.

ABS Hosts Industry Leaders in Athens

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, held its annual Hellenic National Committee meeting in Athens, Greece in June. “As the recognized classification leader in Greece, we bring together the best and brightest industry leaders for transparent, robust and engaging conversation related to key industry issues,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. The committee meeting provides a forum for ABS Members…

TWIC update

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released the latest edition of its status report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program – the TWIC Dashboard.  As of May 23, a total of 309,472 maritime workers have enrolled in the program and 111,,019 cards have been activated.  TSA also made available the minutes of the TWIC Stakeholder Communication Committee meeting.  Among other things, it notes that the security threat letters are being updated, based on feedback received. (HK Law).

LR Selects New Finance Director

Lloyd's Register (LR) has appointed Robert Biddle as group financial director, effective November 1. Biddle succeeds Christopher Gomm, who recently retired and will become a member of LR's board at the General Committee meeting in December. Biddle previously served as finance director of Eurotherm Plc, the industrial electronics group, for 10 years.

Waterways Council Meetings & 2011 Seminar

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) announced the dates of its 2011 Washington Meetings, February 15-17, 2011, which include the Waterways Seminar and the Leadership Service Award Dinner. All events will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC. Tuesday, Feb. Wednesday, Feb. Thursday, Feb. For questions contact Medina Moran, 703-373-2261 (mmoran@vesselalliance.com).

Updates on the Shipdex™ Protocol

On October 7th 2008, Digital Ship held its 2nd conference for Shipdex™, a new protocol to provide ship technical information electronically, rather than on paper. Shipdex™ was founded in 2007 by two senior managers of shipping companies, Grimaldi Naples and Intership Navigation, who thought that the industry should move beyond supplying all technical paperwork (including maintenance and repair manuals, lists of spare parts and drawings) as paper documents, which then have to be typed into company maintenance and purchasing systems.

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), with the goal of assuring that Rule requirements align with industry needs. “Our leadership position in the offshore sector is based on the ability to provide exceptional guidance and services,” says ABS Executive Vice President of Global Offshore Ken Richardson.

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.

Paris MoU Ready for Maritime Labor Convention

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 46th Committee meeting in Valletta, Malta, from May 20-24, 2013. The meeting was attended by members, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the ILO, U.S. Coast Guard, Black Sea MoU, Caribbean MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Tokyo MoU and Vina del Mar Agreement. The Committee adopted amendments to the Memorandum to include the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 as a relevant instrument. Guidelines for Port State Control under this Convention were also agreed, providing practical guidance for Port State Control Officers to inspect ships starting August 20, 2013.

Shipping Coordinating Committee Meetings Scheduled for DC

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will hold two meetings in Washington, DC. The first meeting (on February 8) is to prepare for the 48th session of the IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE). Topics on the agenda include longitudinal strength of tankers; large passenger ship safety; measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats; and protection of fuel tanks. The second meeting (on April 12) is to prepare for the 90th session of the IMO Legal Committee (LEG). Topics on the agenda include the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation; the draft Wreck Removal Convention; and the Provision of Financial Security. Source: HK Law

Tokyo MOU Welcomes Peru, Panama

Photo: Tokyo MOU

Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MOU), convened last week in Putrajaya, for its 26th meeting. The authorities of Peru and Panama applied for full membership, and their applications were unanimously accepted, bringing the total number of Tokyo MOU member authorities to 21, plus a number of observers. The October 5-8 meeting was chaired by Abdul Samad Bin Shaik Osman…

Mandatory e-data Exchange to be Adopted by Facilitation Committee

Facilitation Committee session Photo IMO

The Facilitation Committee, meeting this week (4-8 April), is expected to adopt mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers as part of a revised and modernized annex to the 1965 Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL). Important proposed changes in the revised Annex include the introduction of a new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information, within a period of three years after the adoption of the amendments.

BSEE's Salerno Visits Arctic Challenger, USCG, ABS Leaders

File Photo: ADM Brian Salerno (ret.), Now BSEE Director

On February 20 and 21, 2014 Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire traveled to Bellingham, Wash. to meet with senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping and see first-hand Shell's containment system aboard the Arctic Challenger. Director Salerno and Alaska Region Director Fesmire also visited with Coast Guard representatives at the Coast Guard's District headquarters in Seattle.

MERPAC to Meet in Washington, DC

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee to meet on September 11, 2012 at USCG Headquarters. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting. SUMMARY: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. This meeting will be open to the public. DATES: MERPAC working groups will meet on September 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the full committee will meet briefly on the morning of September 11 and on September 12, 2012, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. may adjourn early if all business is finished. Written comments to be distributed to committee members and placed on MERPAC’s website are due August 31, 2012.

MERPAC Seeks Applicants

The Coast Guard is actively seeking applications for appointment to the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). MERPAC gives advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters pertinent to all personnel in the maritime industry, such as training, licensing, and certification and the on-going reorganization at the National Maritime Center. Travel costs for attending the committee meetings are covered by the Coast Guard. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2009. A copy of the application form, as well as this notice, is available in our online docket, USCG–2009–0325, at www.regulations.gov. Send your completed application, along with a personal resume, to the Assistant DFO at the street address above. For further information contact Mr.

IR Class Launches Advisory Committee

Photo courtesy of IRClass

IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has established a senior level advisory committee in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to increase activity and foster business links in the region. The committee comprises of 11 senior representatives from the shipping industry in UAE and is headed by Leonard B Culas, who is the MD of the Transworld Group based in Dubai. The committee will meet on a half yearly basis in order to give high level strategic advice to IRS on how the organization can deepen and strengthen its business links and activities in UAE.

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