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Monday, March 19, 2018

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Role-Playing to Design Security Drills

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A four-day workshop on how to best design and conduct drills and maritime security exercises, has been held in Kingston, Jamaica (13-16 March), said a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO). The aim of the event was to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, conduct and assess security drills and exercises in their port facilities. The workshop also included live role-playing sessions with various communication equipment. This helps port facility security officers…

Bolivia Joins International Mobile Satellite Organization

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The Plurinational State of Bolivia has become the 104th country to join the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), the inter-governmental body that oversees the provision of certain satellite-based maritime distress communication services. The IMSO Convention was adopted by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1976 to establish and oversee satellite communications for shipping. Ms. Giovanna Lenny Vidal, Charge d'Affaires, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IMSO Director General Capt. Moin Ahmed to deposit the instrument of accession to the Convention.

IMO Celebrates 70 Years with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Seventy years to the day since the treaty establishing the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) was adopted, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the occasion at IMO Headquarters in London on Tuesday (6 March). Accompanied by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a commemorative plaque and cut an anniversary cake. Her Majesty also met some of the guests attending the event, including representatives of IMO Member States, inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations, and IMO Secretariat staff.

Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Lanched

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The Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre, part of a global network established under an ambitious International Maritime Organization (IMO)-European Union (EU)  project to further efforts to combat climate change, has been launched in Panama (13 March). The centre, hosted by the Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá (UMIP), is one of five such centres established under the GMN project, which is funded by the EU and run by IMO. The centres, in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific regions, act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities.

Philippine Officials Trained in Forming Maritime Transport Policy

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Officials from various government entities in the Philippines have received training in how to develop a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMPT). The concept is being promoted by International Maritime Organization (IMO)  as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and legislation in the maritime sector, and as a key driver for a country's sustainable development. The event took place in Manila, Philippines (6-8 March), organised by IMO together with the Philippines Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the World Maritime University (WMU).

New Sponsor for Marine Science

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s marine science advisory group, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), is welcoming a new sponsor. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), the agency responsible for regulating mining and related activities in the international seabed, beyond national jurisdiction, an area that includes most of the world's oceans, is becoming the tenth sponsoring organization of GESAMP. The new…

Denmark, Mexico Sign Maritime MoU

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Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen and Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Gerado Ruiz Esparza, have signed a maritime MoU to increase the two countries’ cooperation on maritime topics. Maritime topics such as digitalization and green shipping. The MoU was signed during the visit of the Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs to Mexico. The maritime MoU is part of the strategic partnership agreement that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Mexican president signed in April 2017.

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Delivers Green VLCC

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) has completed building a scrubber-equipped Very Large Crude oil Carrier (VLCC), the first of two ships ordered by Greek shipowner Almi Tankers in August 2016, reported the Pulse. The affiliate with South Korea's largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said that the VLCC is fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system that can meet stricter restrictions on sulphur oxide emissions that will come into force in 2020. HSHI on Tuesday held a naming ceremony for the oil tanker. The 310,000-ton VLCC - which is 336 meters long, 60 meters wide, and 30 meters deep - is loaded with various facilities…

Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation

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The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017. Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships. During the CIC, member Authorities inspected a total of 6,720 vessels, of which 36 (0.54%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. In total 157 (2.34%) ships were detained during the campaign.

BP Expects 90% Compliance for Marine SOx Emissions Caps

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Oil major BP Plc expects more than 90 percent of the world's shipping fleet will comply with new regulations slashing sulfur levels ships are allowed to burn starting 2020, a company executive said on Tuesday. Coming International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules will cut the amount of sulfur emissions that ships worldwide are allowed from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent by 2020. "Potential non-compliance is a significant issue that the market has been contending with," Jason Breslaw, who leads BP's distillate trading origination across the Americas, said at an industry conference in New Orleans.

Spill Preparedness and Response – A Collaborative Effort

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined leading oil spill experts and stakeholders to discuss future issues concerning oil spill preparedness, response and restoration – at the Interspill 2018 conference and exhibition in London (13-15 March). Speaking at the opening session, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that “many years of collaborative work between governments and industry, at IMO, have helped reduce dramatically the number of oil spills and the amount of oil spilt from ships”.

Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species

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Non-native species can be spread from ocean to ocean via ship. They may be carried via ballast water or attach to the hulls and other parts of ships, hitching a ride across the oceans. International Maritime Organization (IMO) is addressing this problem through the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which entered into force in September 2017 and requires ships to manage their ballast water to limit the spread of aquatic organisms. Also, IMO’s Biofouling Guidelines address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls.

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.

Distillate Demand Boost from Shipping Sulphur Rules to be Brief

File Image: A typical Middle East Refinery (CREDIT: MELCAL)

A sharp increase in demand for distillates following new shipping fuel rules will fade quickly, the International Energy Agency said on Monday. New rules implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will significantly cut the amount of sulphur that the world's ships can burn in their engines from 2020, leading to a close to 1 million barrel per day (bpd) rise in gasoil consumption at the expense of high-sulphur fuel oil. While ships can continue to burn higher sulphur fuel if they install scrubbers…

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.

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.

France Ratifies Fishing Vessel Safety Treaty

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Efforts to increase global fishing vessel safety have received a boost with France becoming the ninth State to ratify International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Cape Town Agreement. The treaty covers various important safety requirements including radiocommunications, life-saving appliances and arrangements, emergency procedures, musters and drills. The Cape Town Agreement will enter into force 12 months after it has been ratified by 22 States which, collectively, have 3,600 or more fishing vessels of at least 24 metres in length operating on the high seas.

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…

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…

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