Imo Maritime Safety Committee News

03 Dec 2018

Birgit Sølling Olsen to Receive International Maritime Prize

Birgit Sølling Olsen. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Former Deputy Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Ms. Birgit Sølling Olsen, will receive IMO’s International Maritime Prize for 2017 on Thursday, 6 December. The award ceremony can be streamed live on IMO's website.A press note from Danish Maritime Authority said that the ceremony takes place in conjunction with the meeting of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee.Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth, said:  “We are all very proud of her.

23 Jul 2018

IMO on Maritime Security in 21st Century

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has highlighted the Organization’s work and response to a changing maritime security landscape.Speaking at the ‘Maritime security in the 21st century’ symposium at the Brazilian Naval War College, Rio de Janeiro (20 July), he said that “threats to the port and shipping sectors are constantly evolving and so is IMO’s response” and emphasized that “IMO is addressing the digital revolution in all aspects of its work”.Autonomous vessels…

18 Jul 2018

ICS Encouraged by 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Progress

Image: International Chamber of Shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5 percent sulphur in fuel cap on January 1, 2020.Speaking after an IMO working group meeting last week, to which the industry submitted a number of constructive proposals to help ensure smooth and consistent implementation, ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked, “Although there is still much work to be done, last week’s IMO discussions were positive.

20 Jun 2018

Maritime Cook Islands Highlights “Positive Progress” to Tokyo MOU White List

Image: Maritime Cook Islands Limited

The Cook Islands flag, operated by ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI), has shown positive flag state performance, as reported in the latest report on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific Region by Tokyo MOU. The data and figures were published in the new report on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific by Tokyo MOU. The Tokyo MOU is “one of the most active regional port State control (PSC) organisations in the world” and consists of 20 member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region.

16 May 2018

Interview: Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO

Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO. Photo: IMO

As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates its 70th anniversary, Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, sits in his London office with a sense of satisfaction that in his two plus years at the helm of IMO tremendous strides have been made toward significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, punctuated by the recent MEPC meeting where the target was set for a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. But the Secretary- General’s sense of satisfaction is tempered with the fact that his job has just begun and his plate is full.

26 Feb 2018

New Ships’ Routing Systems in Kattegat

Ruter Kattegat Skagerrak Photo courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

The IMO NCSR Sub-Committee has approved the Danish Maritime Authority’s proposal for new ships’ routeing measures, thereby bringing new routes in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat one step closer and enhancing safety of navigation. Because of developments in shipping, the ships transiting these waters today are larger than those for which the routes were originally designed. Approx. 7,000 ships transit the Kattegat each year, the majority of which are deep-draught ships heading for or coming from the Baltic Sea.

18 Sep 2017

SAR is Global Responsibility: IMO

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

​Search and rescue (SAR) is a humanitarian process, aimed at assisting persons in distress, without regard to the nationality or circumstances of the persons in distress. International Maritime Organization (IMO) 's Chris Trelawny highlighted this global responsibility, during the first Coast Guard Global Summit, jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, in Tokyo (14 September). He also outlined the international legal framework for SAR; the implementation of effective SAR systems…

12 Jul 2017

Iridium Plans to Start GMDSS Service in 2020

Iridium Communications Inc. announced that two key milestones along the path to becoming the second recognized provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services have been reached. During its 98th session this past June, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted new performance standards for GMDSS equipment and approved amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Treaty, which pave the way for Iridium to become a recognized GMDSS service provider. Now, the key remaining step in the approval process is an IMO resolution recognizing Iridium as a certified GMDSS mobile satellite service provider. Iridium expects this will be completed during calendar year 2018, with Iridium GMDSS service to begin in 2020.

06 Jul 2017

Digitisation is Priority for FEPORT

Photo: FEPORT

FEPORT supports the approach of the Estonian presidency and believes that four priorities constitute a consistent strategy for Europe. The four priorities are:  An open and innovative European Economy, A safe and secure Europe,  A digital Europe and the free flow of data and  An inclusive and sustainable Europe. Besides endorsing the content of the paper that has been co-signed by 22 organizations representing different industries of the logistics chain, FEPORT would like to underline in this paper a number of key items for private terminal operators.

16 Jun 2017

Autonomous Ships on IMO Agenda

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Now, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Maritime Safety Committee will start to establish a new international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority. Together with a number of countries, Denmark, has taken the initiative to include autonomous shipping on the IMO agenda. United Nations' IMO is in line with the proposal and will now start mapping how existing international regulation can be applied to autonomous ships and maritime technologies; technologies that are developing rapidly these years.

08 Jun 2017

GBS Verification Process Completed

Direct strength assessment software: Comprehensive analyses with whole ship FE models (Photo: ClassNK)

IMO Maritime Safety Committee has confirmed completion of the corrective actions requested by IMO to the International Association of Classification Societies’ (IACS) Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC&OT) under the agenda item 6, Goal-Based New Ship Construction Standards (GBS) at its 98th session held on June 7, 2017. Previously, MSC96 confirmed CSR BC&OT complied with GBS in 2016, and the ships constructed in compliance with the rules at that time should be deemed as compliant with GBS.

08 Feb 2017

Ro-ro Vessel Fires: Risks and Recommendations

Norman Atlantic (Photo: EMSA)

As vessel fires have become more prevalent in the car/ro-ro passenger segment, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) examines these occurrences as the group voices its concerns and puts forward recommendations to mitigate the risks. The deadly fires aboard the ferries Norman Atlantic just before New Year 2014 and the Sorrento in April 2015 prompted an international response from the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2015. The number of fire incidents…

12 Jan 2017

Australia, Japan Enact Rules for Shipping Liquid Hydrogen

Australia and Japan signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra which will allow liquid hydrogen to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020. Bulk gas cargoes are carried under the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) which is a mandatory code under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, which does not currently allow for the transportation of liquid hydrogen.

03 Jan 2017

Polar Protection : New Ship Regulations come into force

Antarctic  -Milestone for polar protection as comprehensive new ship regulations come into force Photo IMO

With more and more ships navigating in polar waters, IMO has moved to address international concern about the protection of the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers with the introduction of new regulations that all ships operating in these harsh and challenging waters must comply with. The mandatory Polar Code, for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, enters into force on 1 January 2017, marking a historic milestone in the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address this key issue.

01 Jan 2017

Safety for Gas-Fuelled Ships

Photo: International Maritime Organization @Fjord Lines/Espen Gees

A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But these fuels pose their own safety challenges, which need to be properly managed. The International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) aims to minimize the risk to ships…

22 Dec 2016

Implementation of the Polar Code

Photo: IMO

The Standard Club introduced the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’) as well as Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendments which were adopted in November 2014, in addition to environmental provisions and MARPOL amendments which were adopted in May 2015. The Code will enter into force on 1 January 2017. The code is mandatory and comprises of detailed requirements relating to ship design, operations, prevention of environmental pollution, crew training and safety.

21 Jun 2016

Container Weighing Protocol Set for Port of Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has today filed a rule in its Marine Terminal Operating Schedule (MTOS) outlining its process for adherence to the IMO regulations regarding Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation VI/2, consistent with the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Information Safety Bulletin on this topic, which outlined that existing procedures to comply with U.S. terminal safety regulations could be used to comply with this important regulation. This provision allows the Port of Charleston to provide VGM data directly to ocean carriers via EDI 322 messages as today and provides that shippers using the Port of Charleston authorize this practice, unless they make other arrangements with their ocean carrier.

24 Jun 2016

RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards

The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) confirmed at its 96th session held in London from May 11-20, 2016. The amendments in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74/78) regulation II-1/3-10, introducing GBS, were adopted in 2010. The amendments enter into force on July 1, 2016 set for application to oil tankers and bulk carriers contracted for construction on or after this date. The goal-based standards include a set of functional requirements for the ships throughout their service life, from designing to recycling.

30 Jun 2016

ClassNK Amends IGC Code Rules and Guidance

Classification society ClassNK has amended its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships in response to the latest industry developments, including amendments made to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code). IMO decided to carry out the first full review of the IGC Code to reflect the latest technological advancements and increasing ship size. Amendments to the Code were adopted as resolution MSC.370 (93) at the 93rd session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 93) held in May 2014.

01 Jul 2016

UASC Fully Compliant VGM Lift Now

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced today the conclusion of a 100% compliant Verified Gross Mass (VGM) lift of 159 UASC containers on board CSCL’s Saturn. This achievement comes ahead of the VGM requirement deadline of July 1st, 2016 making container weight verification a condition for vessel loading. The VGM requirement is an industry wide initiative that was kicked-started by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee’s recently approved changes to the SOLAS convention. UASC…

01 Jul 2016

ClassNK Sets up Industry's first Digital Archive Center

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ClassNK has established ClassNK Archive Center (NKAC), the maritime industry’s first onshore digital archive center that fully complies with IMO Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) and the Industry Standard, which begin to apply from today. IMO GBS are broad, over-arching safety and environmental standards that ships are required to meet during their operational lifetime. The new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10 made GBS applicable to bulk carriers and oil tankers of 150m in length and above for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 July 2016.

30 Sep 2016

Stakeholders Discuss Use of HFO in the Arctic

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) held a public listening session in Washington D.C. on September 27, 2016 to address ships’ use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic, examining its risks and as well as potential mitigation strategies which can be taken to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The event was held in the Department of Transportation building, where Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Sr., Maritime Administrator for the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), welcomed participants. The listening session was led by Jeff Lantz, director of Commercial Regulations and Standards at USCG headquarters, and head of U.S. Delegation to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environment Protection Committee.

26 Nov 2016

International Standards for Carriage of Offshore Technicians

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

On Friday, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took one important step forward in its work to develop international standards for the carriage of offshore technicians, for example in connection with activities within the field of offshore wind energy. More specifically, the Committee adopted interim recommendations on safe carriage of offshore technicians. In addition, the Committee agreed on a definition of these technicians – so-called industrial personnel – which inter alia covers wind turbine technicians.

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