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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Birgit Sølling Olsen to Get IMO International Maritime Prize

Birgit Sølling Olsen. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Former Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Mrs. Birgit Sølling Olsen, is set to receive the 2017 International Maritime Prize. This was decided by the governing body of the International Maritime Organization, the IMO Council, which was convened this week in London. The Prize is given once a year to a person or an organization, who has made a significant contribution to the work and function of the IMO. The IMO’s Member States had nominated three candidates in total this year.

UN Spotlights International Day of the Seafarer 2018

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Seafarers are the unsung heroes of shipping, the industry on which everyone, everywhere relies for the goods and commodities we all need and want. But it’s a tough and demanding job which sometimes can put pressure on mental health. This is why, this year, in 2018, International Maritime Organization (IMO) is joining the growing momentum within shipping to address the important issue of seafarers’ wellbeing. A seafarer’s job can be rewarding and fulfilling, but it can also have its more difficult moments. Many different factors can affect the quality of life at sea.

Liberia Backs Australia’s Push for IMO Reform

Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian Registry (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry says its supports Australia's call for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reconsider transparency and the role of industry bodies in the organization.As one of the world's largest flag states, Liberia is now the largest to support the push, which will lead to a submission to the IMO Council meeting in July calling into question the existing role of the IMO Council and the IMO Assembly, and seeking to facilitate greater transparency and the wider…

Chinese Rescue Diver to Receive IMO Bravery Award

Zhong Haifeng, senior diver and deputy of the Engineering Team of Guangzhou Salvage, will receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea for rescue three people from a sunken cargo ship. (Photo: Guangzhou Salvage, China)

A rescue diver from China who made a series of underwater dives to rescue three people from a sunken cargo ship will receive the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea.A Panel of Judges decided that the rescue merited the highest award. The decision was endorsed by the IMO Council at its 120th session in London (2-5 July).Following a collision with another ship, in Guangzhou Port, China, in the early morning of November 27, 2017, the bulk carrier M.V.Jin Ze Lun sank. Of the 14 crew on board, two were immediately rescued by local maritime authorities but 12 remained missing.

Jamaica Seeking election to IMO Council

Jamaica candidancy launch Photo Maritime Authority of Jamaica

Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (2 February) - in a move to position Jamaica as a ‘viable maritime hub’. Addressing specially invited guests, Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining The Honourable L. Michael Henry CD MP said: “I am very pleased to be associated with yet another event which is designed to showcase Jamaica in a positive light. We consider our bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the IMO as a strategic move in order to raise our maritime profile in this governing body.

Protecting Captive Seafarers’ Wages

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The issue of protecting captive seafarers' wages is on the agenda at an International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (3-5 April). IMO has taken part in the ILO Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee, established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Group is considering proposals on the protection of a seafarer's wages when the seafarer is held captive, on or off the ship, as a result of acts such as piracy or armed robbery against ships.

ICS to Reassert commitment to Green Agenda at UN

Pic: Ocean Conference, UN

This week (5-9, June)  the United Nations General Assembly is holding a major conference in New York on the sustainability of the oceans and how the UN can best implement its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14) concerning the protection of the oceans which was adopted at the UN Summit of world leaders held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. ICS will make the case that the shipping industry is undoubtedly a driver of ‘green growth’ given its impressive environmental performance. The…

Bahri Pushes for Saudi Arabian Entry to IMO Executive Council

Senior representatives from Bahri recently joined members of a Saudi Arabia delegation for board meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which took place at the agency’s headquarters in London. The meetings come as part of the Kingdom’s preparations to submit its candidacy for the membership of the IMO Council under Category (C). Senior Bahri officials who participated in the discussions included Wael Al-Sarhan, Senior Vice President – Marketing, and Abdulaziz Sabri, Vice President, Bahri Ship Management.

2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Two members of the Houston Pilots in the United States are to receive the 2017 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. The pair will be recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames after colliding with mooring dolphins. Despite being surrounded by a towering wall of burning fuel for nearly 90 minutes, pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips showed decisiveness, dedication and ship-handling expertise.

India, Ukraine to Partner in Shipbuilding

Image: Ministry of Shipping, India

A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Shri Ravikant in New Delhi  to discuss the potential for developing sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding. Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular.

Award for First Female Indian Captain for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

​Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya. Photo: International Maritime Organization

Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, is to receive the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas. The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, endorsed the decision of a Panel of Judges that Captain Menon displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation in the Bay of Bengal in June last year.

World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

Image: Maersk Line

"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Lim said the theme would provide an opportunity to work with developed and developing countries, shipping and public and private sector ports with a view to identifying and promoting best practices and building bridges between the many diverse actors involved in these areas.

Maritime Lawyer Dr. Frank Wiswall Gets 2015 International Maritime Prize

Image: International Maritime Organization

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honoris Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. The IMO Council has decided to award the Prize, noting Dr. Wiswall's personal contribution to the work of IMO, leading IMO’s Legal Committee as it developed a number…

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", IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim emphasized IMO's strong commitment to helping achieve the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.

IMO Contests ‘Corporate Capture’ Report

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (Photo courtesy of The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim issued a statement refuting a report recently published by U.K.-based InfluenceMap that accuses shipping industry organizations of lobbying to obstruct environmental regulations at the IMO. “Recent media reports have questioned the transparent, inclusive approach adopted by all stakeholders with an interest in addressing the threat of climate change through the IMO, the global regulator of shipping, and the body most able to deliver uniform, global solutions in the spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

International Maritime Prize for 2016 Presented to Koji Sekimizu

Photo: International Maritime Organization

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2016 has been presented to Mr. Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday (27 November) at the IMO awards ceremony. “Mr. Sekimizu has dedicated his career and his lifetime to promoting safety of life at sea and protecting the marine and atmospheric environment. He is truly deserving of the International Maritime Prize,” Mr. Lim said.

Maritime Pilots Recognized with IMO Bravery Accolade

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on Monday (27 November). Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston, United States, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 meters-long tanker Aframax River, broke…

UAE: First Arab Country to Win Category B Membership of IMO

UAE team during the winning announcement. (PRNewsfoto/UAE Federal Transport Authority)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now become the first Arab country to win Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. The win was the triumphant result of an election that included nominees from 11 leading countries in the international marine trade sector such as Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. declaration was made during the 30th General Assembly meeting, amid international praise for the UAE's competitive…

Jamaica Elected to Council C Category of IMO Council

Minister of Transport and Mining The Honorable Michael Henry CD MP (left) and Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ (Photo: MAJ)

Jamaica has reestablished its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Council. The nation was elected as a Category C Council member on December 1, and will serve until 2019. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady previously chaired the former IMO’s Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-committee between 2003 and 2012, now called the Human Resource Training and Watchkeeping Sub Committee.

Indian Ports Cargo Traffic Up 3.46%

Images:  Press Information Bureau

Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.46% and together handled 439.66 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to November, 2017 as against 424.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- November 2017, nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.93%), followed by Paradip (13.13%), Kolkata [incl.

Liberia Re-elected to IMO Council

Photo: The Liberian Registry

Liberia has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a position it has held continuously since 2012. Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Dr James Kollie, says, “It is very gratifying to see Liberia reconfirmed in its position as a leading maritime nation and decision-maker at the IMO. Liberia is among the most proactive and responsible maritime nations in the world, in accordance with its position as the leading quality open registry serving the global shipping industry and ensuring seafarers’ welfare.

IMO: New Requirements for International Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization

An important milestone on the road to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has been achieved with the adoption of new mandatory requirements by the industry’s regulatory authority, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Under the new requirements, ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above will have to collect consumption data for each type of fuel oil they use, as well as other, additional, specified data including proxies for transport work. These ships account for approximately 85% of CO2 emissions from international shipping.

Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. Presenting the Prize, during a ceremony at IMO Headquarters on Monday, December 5, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted Dr. Wiswall's dedication and leadership in the field of international maritime law over several decades…

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