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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Belgium Accedes to Oil Pollution Response Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Belgium has become the 112th State to accede to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC). The treaty establishes measures for dealing with pollution incidents, either nationally or in cooperation with other countries. Laurent Preud'homme, First Secretary of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom, deposited the instrument at IMO Headquarters in London, today (19 April). Preud'homme also deposited the instrument of accession for the Protocol to the OPRC relating to hazardous and noxious substances.

Caspian Sea States Cooperate on Pollution Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined countries and stakeholders concerned with protecting the Caspian Sea from oil pollution at a regional meeting in Bandar-e Anzali, Islamic Republic of Iran (16-20 April). Participants are discussing the implementation of the Aktau Protocol on Regional Preparedness, Response and Cooperation in Combating Oil Pollution Incidents and, in particular, finalization of the Regional Caspian Sea Plan on cooperation in combating oil pollution in emergencies.

IMO in China to Share Policies

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Addressing over 300 industry experts at the Green Shiptech China Congress 2017 (20-21 April), International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Heike Deggim briefed the audience on the latest IMO regulations. She drew attention to the global 0.50% sulphur limit from 2020 as a key item on IMO’s environmental agenda. She also outlined other key regulatory moves at IMO which will be the focus in the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), including the forthcoming entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September 2017.

32 VLCCs to Fly Saudi Arabia’s Flag

Photo: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) said that the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of Amjad, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia. The announcement comes as part of Bahri’s plans to register all of its 37 VLCCs by the end of 2017, and falls in line with the remarkable shift and growth the transportation sector in the Kingdom has witnessed in the recent past. This also marks another achievement for PTA as an initiative completed as part of its national transformation program.

Minerva Selects Ecochlor BWTS for up to 30 Vessels

Image: Ecochlor

Ecochlor, Inc. informs it has signed an agreement with Minerva Marine, Inc. for the potential supply of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for up to 30 vessels under its management for installations in accordance to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) implementation plan. The Ecochlor technology was selected for retrofit in Minerva’s managed bulkers and tankers varying in size from medium range (MR) to very large crude carriers (VLCC).

Shipping Safer with Maritime Pilots

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Maritime pilots are a strong and essential link in the structure that underpins the safety of international shipping. This was the message delivered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the 70th meeting of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) in Rome, Italy (11 April). Addressing an audience that included Italian pilots and Members of Government, Lim spoke about pilots as a vital part of the shipping’s human element – who use their local knowledge to help ships navigate safely into and out of ports or through dangerous waters.

U.S. Coast Guard Employee IMO Secretary General Candidate

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that a civilian employee of the service is the U.S. candidate for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization. Jeffrey Lantz, the Coast Guard’s Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards, will be a candidate in the International Maritime Organization’s elections scheduled for the 106thInternational Maritime Organization Council in London, June 27 to July 1, 2011. Lantz is responsible for developing U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies. He also oversees U.S.

MPA Trains Global Maritime Leaders

Maritime and port administrations from across all regions at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The MPA Academy – the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – in partnership with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Human Capital Leadership Institute, has officially launched its 2nd Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP). Taking place from 20 to 25 April 2017, the six-day programme will gather 19 senior maritime and port officials from all regions including, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Oceania.

Intertanko Supports Malta and the Bahamas

Intertanko has given its support to the interventions of Malta and the Bahamas at the meeting of the International Maritime Organization in London today, protesting against the recent denial of the right of freedom of navigation for vessels in EEZ waters and advocating adherence to the rule of law and international concerted action. "Intertanko fully supports and respects the authority of the International Maritime Organization and the Conventions developed by this body and by the United Nations. Intertanko recognizes and respects the international maritime and public law and the international framework that regulates shipping and maritime trade on a global basis.

IMO Newcomer Belarus Accedes to Further Treaties

From left: Kitack Lim and Sergei Aleinik (Photo: IMO)

Just one week after becoming the 172nd member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Belarus has acceded to three IMO treaties covering a variety of ship safety measures, including conventions on load lines and facilitation of maritime traffic. Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the U.K., Sergei Aleinik, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London on December 5 to deposit the instruments of accession. Belarus deposited its instrument…

Bahamas Pushes Martitime Activities

Executive Director of The Bahamas Maritime Authority, Cmdr. Davy Rolle, Secretary General Kitack Lim and H.E. Eldred Bethel. (Photo: Bahamas High Commission, London)

Bahamas' Prime Minister Christie has met with Global Shipping Giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), in Geneva. Principal and founder of MSC, Gianluigi Aponte and his senior management team met with Prime Minister at MSCs headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for two days of deliberations. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss about matters relating to the expiring concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and growth of MSCs investments in The Bahamas. Meanwhile, Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, H.E.

Singapore, Japan to Collaborate in Development of Ports

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan and Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reaffirming their strong bilateral relations at MOC ceremony. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) at the sideline of the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan. The areas of cooperation under the MOC include port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector. Signed today by Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, and Mr Michio Kikuchi…

Zambia is Newest IMO Member State

IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu with His Excellency Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom (Photo: IMO)

His Excellency Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, April 8 paid a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to mark Zambia’s status as the newest Member State of IMO. The Republic of Zambia became the latest Member of IMO, following the deposit, of an instrument of acceptance of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Shipping Not Covered in UN Climate Deal ?

Image: Institute for Atmospheric Physics

Shipping has a carbon footprint the size of Germany and growing. Unchecked, it could account for up to 14% of global emissions by 2050, says a report from RTCC (Responding to Climate Change). UK and US envoys admit to industry the International Maritime Organization could be overruled on emissions goals. The shipping industry is not covered by national climate pledges that form the backbone of a UN climate deal due for sign-off in Paris this December. And the International Maritime Organization in May dismissed calls to set a greenhouse gas emissions target for the sector.

Lawyer Wins International Maritime Prize

Dr Thomas A. Mensah: Photo credit IMO

The IMO Council has unanimously agreed to award the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2012 to Dr. Thomas A. Mensah of Ghana, former President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his significant contribution to the work and objectives of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In nominating his candidature, the Government of Ghana drew attention to Dr.

Argentina Workshop Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships have been on the agenda at an International Maritime Organization (IMO)  workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina (8-10 November). Officials from Argentina’s maritime administration, maritime training institutes and various ministries were in attendance as IMO experts highlighted measures in the Organization’s MARPOL Annex VI. The event, hosted by the Prefectura Naval, is the latest in a series of workshops organized in lead pilot countries under IMO’s GloMEEP project…

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.

EIMA Signs MoU with World Maritime University

Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA), has announced the signing of a MoU on academic cooperation with World Maritime University (WMU), an educational agency operating under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This landmark event supports the vison for EIMA which has been established with the objective of becoming the Gulf’s Centre of Excellence for maritime education & is already considered a leading institution in this field. His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim…

Panama Selects Recognized Security Organization

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected Phoenix Management Services Group Inc, represented in Panama by Phoenix Vessels services Inc, to assess on the evaluation of ship security plans. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, approved in December 2002 by the International Maritime Organization, is an amendment to the SOLAS/74 convention and will enter force on July 1st, 2004. The AMP recently created the new Department of Maritime Security in charge of implementing the new IMO’s requirements and proper execution of the ISPS Code, to comply with Panama’s obligations as the world’s largest merchant fleet.

IMO Prize for Martinez

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2004 has been presented to Mr. Luis Martínez of Mexico, who has spent a lifetime in high profile positions in the maritime sector and is currently a fishing vessel owner. Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, presented the prize to Mr. Martínez during a special ceremony (on Thursday, 17 November) at IMO’s London Headquarters during the Organization’s 23rd Extraordinary Council session, which precedes the Organization’s 24th Assembly, to be held from 21 November to 2 December. The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by IMO to the individual or organization judged to have made the most significant contribution to the work and objectives of IMO.

World Maritime Day

On 26 September, the maritime community celebrates the World Maritime Day established at the initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In his annual address on this occasion, Koiji Sekimizu,  Secretary General to the International Maritime Organization emphasized that in  order stable development of the maritime transport system could be achieved the efforts should be concentrated on safety, environment protection as well  as efficient operation and cost-effective use of resources. Environmental safety of shipping is composed of many factors and requires for agreed measures on the part of all the parties to the process.

Shipping Takes Centre Stage

Photo: International Maritime Organization

The official World Maritime Day Parallel Event has opened in Istanbul, Turkey (4-6 November) with keynote addresses from International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. Lim spoke on the World Maritime Day theme of Shipping: Indispensable to the World, emphasizing that almost everyone on the planet is dependent on shipping, but relatively few are aware of it. The event includes a two-day symposium looking at the…

Indonesia Pledges Support for Ferry Safety

Koji Sekimizu (left) with Ignasius Jonan (Photo: IMO)

The Indonesian Minister for Transportation Ignasius Jonan, visited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) April 28, confirming his country’s support for the IMO’s initiative to establish global safety standards for domestic ferries.   This follows the adoption in Manila, Philippines, last week of guidelines to address the topic.   The minister also told IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu of his country’s plans to expand and modernize its maritime sector, prioritizing maritime education and training, and promised continued support for IMO’s Sweden-based World Maritime University.

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