International Association News

24 Mar 2020

Ransomware: The IT Danger on the Horizon

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Two decades into the 21st century, we’re seeing a growing and pernicious threat to global information security: ransomware. Even non-technical folk have loosely heard of it, but the broader implications haven’t yet penetrated the public consciousness. In different industries, that general lack of awareness could be a big problem—and the maritime sector is a good example.Ransomware hits at the confluence of two critical trends in modern technology: the ever-increasing integration of IT systems into daily life, and the interconnectedness of those IT systems.

24 Mar 2020

Shipping Industry Urges G20 to Keep Freight Flowing

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Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don't freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.After draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus, China's economy is slowly coming back online but logistics chains are backing up in other parts of the world.This has been compounded by ships being quarantined for up to two weeks and seafarers held up as countries impose lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) association…

18 Mar 2020

USCG Advises on Minimizing Novel Coronavirus at Sea

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The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published an update March 16, 2020 to MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 2)An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect mariners and maritime commerce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfyG) and Cruise Ship Travel (see https://go.usa.gov/xdfVP).Illness…

06 Mar 2020

CLIA: Any Action to Limit Cruising is Unwarranted

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A cruise industry trade association has hit back at reports speculating that the U.S. government may move to discourage some travelers from taking cruises as part of a broader Trump administration effort to limit the spread of coronavirus."Any action to restrict cruising is unwarranted, and at odds with the World Health Organization which 'continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks'," the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in a statement on Friday.U.S.

06 Mar 2020

US Considers Discouraging Cruise Travel

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The United States is considering ways to discourage U.S. travelers from taking cruises as part of a broader Trump administration effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to four officials familiar with the situation.The officials, who asked to remain anonymous, said no decision had been made. The discussions were taking place ahead of a meeting this weekend between Vice President Mike Pence, who is in charge of leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus, and the cruise industry.The administration could advise some or all U.S.

06 Mar 2020

Adam Goldstein Leaves Royal Caribbean

Adam Goldstein (Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises)

Longtime cruise industry executive Adam Goldstein has left Royal Caribbean Cruises after more than 30 years with the company.Goldstein was most recenlty Vice Chairman of RCL from 2018. From 2014 to 2018, he served as President & COO and from 2007 to 2014, he was President & CEO of the Royal Caribbean International brand. Goldstein has been with RCL since 1988.Goldstein will continue to serve as Chair of the trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

14 Feb 2020

Cruise Industry Seeks to Limit Coronavirus Risks

Norwegian Spirit (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Lines)

The plight of the cruise ship off Japan with more than 200 coronavirus infections and the shunning of another by five ports despite no known cases has led to a sharp change in tack for an industry in shock: avoid Asia.To that end, many cruises in the region are being cancelled while others currently sailing are being re-routed, skipping originally scheduled stops in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd on Thursday canceled 18 cruises in Southeast Asia after calling off eight trips to China last week.

19 Dec 2019

Navigating the Rough Waters of Marine Certification

The marine industry brings its own unique set of challenges.With the ‘All Subsea Factory’ market trend moving offshore exploration and production equipment for oil and gas to the seabed, safety, longevity and environmental protection are just a few of the considerations when choosing marine products. When selecting products for marine applications, the understanding of factors such as marine certifications and inspection documents are crucial to making an informed decision.Worldwide statutory provisions enacted by the United Nations (UN) agency on shipping specify general regulation and rules necessary to obtain an operating license for all categories of ship, marine and offshore applications.

18 Dec 2019

INTERTANKO Releases Standardized Gas Form

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The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) has released updated Gas Form C forms for LPG and LNG with the intent on standardizing both the forms themselves and the information provided on them.Currently, a large number of Gas Form Cs are company-specific, often referring to commercially sensitive information such as speed and consumption, which can alter throughout the stages of a vessel’s life.The new forms will assist INTERTANKO Members, as well as the industry at large…

27 Nov 2019

Joseph Angelo Awarded Global Maritime Prize

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The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2018 has been presented to Joseph J. Angelo, a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday (25 November) at the annual IMO Awards ceremony.

14 Nov 2019

USCG PSC Equals meaningful Polar Presence

An emperor penguin poses for a photo in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on its way to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.

The Coast Guard needs a ship that can do more than just break ice; it needs a multi-mission ship to provide for the nation’s security, asserting its sovereign rights, and protecting its long-term economic interests. That ship is the Polar Security Cutter.Since Russia cashed the check in 1867 for the purchase of Alaska the U.S. has been an Arctic nation. Today, it is one of eight countries that have territorial land or seas above the Arctic Circle or in the polar region (six of those countries have Arctic Ocean coastline or an exclusive economic zone above the Arctic Circle). The U.S.

10 Nov 2019

2020 Dominates Dry Bulker Challenges

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In view of the 0.5% global sulfur limit regulation implementation on 1 January 2020, International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) pointed out that the global availability of safe compliant fuels remains a key question that is largely still unanswered – especially for ships in the dry bulk tramp trades.INTERCARGO’s Chairman Mr Dimitrios J. Fafalios said that INTERCARGO will continue efforts to highlight critical aspects of the 2020 sulfur limit regulation implementation.Areas…

23 Sep 2019

France's Cannes to Ban Polluting Cruise Ships

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Mediterranean resort town Cannes, France's fourth-biggest cruise ship port, will ban the most polluting cruise ships from next year in a bid to boost air quality in the city.The ban will target ships that do not respect a 0.1% cap on sulphur in their fuel and could stop some passengers from disembarking in the city famous for its film festival."It's not about being against cruise ships. It's about being against pollution," Cannes Mayor David Lisnard told Reuters Television in an interview.Under the European Union's clean air policy…

13 Sep 2019

Top Industry Bodies Preps for Sulfur Target

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Leaders of the major shipping industry trade associations - international shipping associations representing shipowners BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners  (INTERTANKO) met in London yesterday (September 13) to consider the transformational issues affecting the sector.Top of the agenda were the preparations for the implementation of the 2020 Global Sulfur Limit.

12 Sep 2019

Cruise Lines Invests $22 Bln in Clean Fuel Tech

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that its Cruise Lines have invested more than $22 billion in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels and achieved substantial progress.“While cruise ships comprise far less than 1% of the global maritime community, cruise lines are at the forefront in developing responsible tourism practices and innovative technologies. Our industry leads in environmental stewardship,” said Michael Thamm, Chairman of CLIA…

10 Sep 2019

Do Ports Need Global Regulation?

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Ports are essential for the global supply chain - but do they need more international regulation?High-level speakers engaged in a lively debate at a joint Hutchison Ports, International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) seminar (9 September), to address the question: "Do ports need international regulation?"IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim reminded the audience that the IMO Convention does give the Organization a mandate to regulate…

05 Sep 2019

IRClass Takes Over IACS Chairmanship

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Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has been formally introduced as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to a group of specially invited maritime journalists at a press conference in the capital.Mr Sharma was elected as the new Chairman of IACS in a recent Council meeting held in Busan, Korea.In his first speech in the role, Mr Sharma outlined the main challenges faced by the shipping industry, most notably the key environmental regulatory issues including the sulphur cap and the fast paced technological

04 Sep 2019

Masahiko Furuichi Named IAPH Secretary General

Dr. Masahiko Furuichi. Photo: IAPH

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) appointed Dr. Masahiko Furuichi as IAPH Secretary General, succeeding Mr. Susumu Naruse, as of 1 September. He has officially taken office.Dr. Masahiko Furuichi is not new to IAPH. Since 2006, he has played an active part in the Association, attending numerous IAPH meetings and conferences, and most notably serving as Vice Chair of IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee since 2007."As entrusted by the Board, Dr. Furuichi is determined to do whatever he can do for further development of this global association in the future…

29 Aug 2019

Singapore Improves Maritime Safety

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The number of major incidents in the Port of Singapore has dropped over the last 10 years, with fewer than 0.12 major incidents per 100,000 vessel movements in 2018, down from 0.8 in 2009.Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, said, “I thank the maritime community for the good work in improving maritime safety. The use of technology and digitization can further enhance maritime safety by providing seafarers better access to critical safety-related information…

23 Aug 2019

PIL Fleet Wins ESI Certification

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Singapore’s leading containership operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) has successfully attained Environmental Ship Index(ESI) certification for its fleet comprising of half a million TEUs.According to the shipping company, this is a major milestone for the Singaporean shipowner ahead of the transition towards the Global Sulfur Cap 2020 from 1 January next year.ESI certification is an on-going initiative by the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) and it is a voluntary…

22 Aug 2019

Azerbaijan Launches Feeder Service in Black Sea

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The Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) will launch a test voyage of a feeder vessel along the Black Sea container route Batumi-Constanta by September 20.The vessel will sail every 10 days (3 times a month). If cargo volumes increase, the growth in the number of vessels and the regularity of sailings on the line is also expected.Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, hosted  general meeting of an association of legal entities – the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor International Association.Rauf Valiyev…

19 Aug 2019

Baltic Ports Join Sustainability Program

BPO's Secretary General: Bogdan Oldakowski. Photo: World Ports Sustainability Program

The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has been welcomed into the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) following the signing of the WPSP declaration by Bogdan Ołdakowski, BPO Secretary General.Guided by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Program aims to enhance and coordinate future sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, fostering international cooperation with partners in the supply chain.BPO was established on October 10, 1991, in Copenhagen, with an aim to…

16 Aug 2019

Industry Bodies Join Force for Ocean Economy

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The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) have signed an MOU on long-term cooperation.The partnership agreement provides a commitment and framework for the two bodies to collaborate on ocean sustainable economic development through information exchange, communications, events, joint working groups, etc. on topics of shared interest.More specifically, PIANC and WOC will begin by working together to develop tools and methods for port and coastal infrastructure adaptation that can be scaled up to address port resiliency needs…

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