IMO on Free-Flowing Maritime Traffic in South-East Asia

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The key International Maritime Organization (IMO)treaty supporting the free flow of international maritime traffic – the Facilitation Convention – is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok, Thailand (22-26 May). The so-called “FAL Convention” provides a set of consistent, uniform regulations that cover the wide range of administrative tasks required of ships coming into and leaving port. These include customs declarations, immigrations clearance, import and export permits and many others.

Global Shipping Regulations for a Level Playing Field

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (left) with EMSA Executive Director, Markku Mylly (right). Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The relationship between global shipping regulation, through  International Maritime Organization (IMO), and regional implementation can be strong and very effective. This was the message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, speaking at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal (24 May). Lim highlighted that EU Member States have made an invaluable contribution to IMO’s work, which, over several decades, has laid the foundation for shipping to become progressively safer, more efficient, cleaner and greener.

IMO Workshops on Fouling

Biofouling – the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures – was again on the agenda at the latest in a series of International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshops. The regional workshop in Accra, Ghana (24-26 May) was attended by participants from nine countries (Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe and Sierra Leone). Participants gained a greater understanding of the requirements and implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the anti-fouling systems (AFS) convention and implementing biofouling guidelines. The AFS convention regulates anti-fouling systems in order to prevent adverse impacts from the use of anti-fouling systems and the biocides they may contain.

NMTP Training in Antigua and Barbuda

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A three-day National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop has been held in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda (16-18 May). The event provided valuable knowledge and skills to those involved in the development, adoption and review of a NMTP in the country. The exercise is part of a series of workshops and seminars being delivered in various regions of the world to provide training to interested International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States in the development, adoption and updating of such policies, which are key to a coordinated and integrated approach to maritime transport.

Managing Oil Spills

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International experts have been sharing experiences, new technologies and scientific advancements relating to oil spill response at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Long Beach, United States (15-18 May). The theme of the conference is “prevent, prepare, respond and restore”, which fully aligns with  International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s regulatory work to prevent oil spills from occurring and also its work to support countries to be prepared to respond to such incidents.

Saudi Arabia Ratifies BWM Treaty

Saudi Arabia has become the latest State to become a Party to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.   The treaty will enter into force on September 8, 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.   Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession with IMO on April 27, 2017, bringing the number of contracting Parties to the BWM Convention to 55, or 53.67 percent of world merchant shipping tonnage.

NYK Introduces New Navigation Support Tool

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Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), the Monohakobi Technology Institute and Japan Radio have jointly developed a support tool that enables officers to better manage and share navigational information. The tool will be sold by JRC under the name “J-Marine NeCST”. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) mandatory by 2018 on international voyages by passenger vessels over 500 gross tonnage (GT) and cargo vessels over 3,000 GT.

Pacific’s Wild Weather Challanges in Search

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The Pacific’s wild weather and vast distances make it a challenging location for search and rescue, said Keith Manch, Director Maritime New Zealand, in his opening address at the Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop in Auckland, New Zealand (22-26 May). The objective of the workshop is to provide Pacific Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinators and responders with the tools to improve coordination between national SAR agencies. The event also aims to improve regional collaboration through formal protocols and communication ensuring a uniform SAR response throughout the Pacific.

Sembcorp, Coldharbour Sign BWTS Deal

Coldharbour Inert Gas Generator (Photo: Coldharbour)

Coldharbour Marine, developer of an in-tank, in-voyage and inert gas-based ballast water treatment system for large tankers, bulkers and LNG vessels, has signed an agreement with Sembcorp Marine that will see the latter offer the Coldharbour GLD BWT as part of the Sembcorp Marine Green Technology Retrofit (GTR) solutions for ship owners. The GTR solutions provide carefully evaluated ballast water treatment systems from a select group of equipment manufacturers with whom Sembcorp Marine is working closely.

Safety in LNG Usage as Marine Fuel

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The safe use of natural gas as marine fuel was in focus at the International Conference on Liquefied Natural Gas for Transport and Industry in Naples, Italy (10-11 May). International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Loukas Kontogiannis gave an update on IMO regulations on the subject, specifically, the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), which entered into force on 1 January 2017. The International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) aims to minimize the risk to ships…

Norwegians to Finance Vessel Retrofits

Olav Einar Rygg, Export Credit Norway’s director of lending for the ocean industries (Photo: Export Credit Norway)

Following the International Maritime Organization (IMO) ratifications of the ballast water and exhaust gas treaties, government-owned Export Credit Norway offers financing to international vessel owners who purchase retrofit equipment from Norwegian suppliers. The Norwegian export credit agency Export Credit Norway has assembled a specialized team and tailor-made financing solution to support vessel owners who need to retrofit equipment such as gas exhaust cleaning systems, ballast water treatment systems and new coating systems.

Keppel to Build Additional Dredgers for Jan De Nul

Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) has secured contracts from Codralux S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jan De Nul Group, to build two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs). The dredgers are valued at approximately $120 million, including owner-furnished equipment. Keppel Singmarine is currently building three dredgers for Jan De Nul Group, based on contracts that were secured in July 2016. The first of the two dredgers for this new order is expected to be completed in 2H 2019. Construction of the second dredger will require Codralux S.A to exercise the option within six months from now.

Liberian Registry No 1 Choice for Greek Shipping

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Liberia has confirmed its position as the leading flag of choice for Greek ship owners and operators, according to statistics produced by the independent research and information organisation Marine Information Services (MIS) in Greece. The MIS figures show that the Greek merchant fleet now includes 1,037 Liberian-flag ships. Liberia also leads the way in terms of total deadweight tonnage registered under its flag by Greek owners, aggregating 78m dwt. Michalis Pantazopoulos, Senior Vice-President of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry in Greece…

IMO Catalyst for More Efficient Ships

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"International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will be a driver and catalyst for a generation of new, more efficient ships" said Stefan Micallef, Director of the Marine Environment Division at IMO, as he concluded his remarks at the 2017Propulsion and Emissions conference, Hamburg, Germany (10-11 May). The ‘Future proofing your fleet’ event discussed challenging issues of complying with environmental regulations and the associated costs. In his keynote address, Micallef also touched upon key IMO issues such as CO2 emissions reduction policies…

Asia's Low-Carbon Shipping Mission

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​A new regional centre, which will provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations, and the reduction of harmful emissions from ships, has been launched at Shanghai Maritime University, China (15 May). The centre will cater to the needs of the Asia region under the Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Network (GMN) – a project funded by the European Union (EU) and run by International Maritime Organization (IMO). The GMN initiative…

Inmarsat, IMSO Partner in Vanuatu

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Inmarsat (ISAT.L) has made available five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative that aims to bring change to the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) endorsed capacity-building pilot program is the result of cooperation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu under the leadership of the Ambassador of Vanuatu to the IMO. Waterborne…

Korea Ratifies Wreck Removal Treaty

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks has been ratified by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 35. The Convention, which entered into force in 2015, provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. The Convention was adopted in 2007 and its Contracting States currently represent just over 60% of the world's merchant fleet tonnage.

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.

IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping. Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4). Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag ships to ensure they comply with the necessary safety and environmental regulations.

ICS Seeks Stricter CO2 Reduction Objectives

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At its AGM in Istanbul, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) agreed to urge the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt some dramatic CO2 reduction objectives – on behalf of the international shipping sector as a whole – in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change. ICS wants IMO to remain in control of additional measures to address CO2 reduction by ships and to develop a global solution, rather than risk the danger of market-distorting measures at national or regional level.

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…

Preparing for BWM Convention Implementation

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Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty will enter into force on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. A regional workshop in Surabaya, Indonesia (2-5 May) provided participants from 10 countries with theoretical and practical training in compliance…

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