Panama, U.S. Sign ship-boarding Agreement
The White House issued a statement by the President welcoming the signing by Panama and the United States of an agreement providing for the boarding of ships on the high seas in support of efforts of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trade in deadly weapons and materials. The U.S. Department of State released Remarks made by the Panamanian Minister of Government and Justice and the U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security during the signing ceremony. (HK Law).
Liberian Registry Takes ISPS Training And Verification Initiative
The Liberian Registry has taken a unique initiative by electing to train its own worldwide network of inspectors to perform verification audits for shipowners, operators and managers under the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It has also decided to approve specific members of the International Association of Classification Societies as competent to carry out ISPS audits on behalf of Liberian-registered vessels. The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry has contracted with leading international security specialists to train fifty Liberian inspectors over the next three months in three key locations - North America, Europe and the Far East - in the specialist skills required to perform ISPS and other security audits.
UN to Support Senegal’s Maritime Security
International Maritime Organization (IMO) joined other United Nations agencies supporting Senegal’s maritime and port security, in an assessment visit to Dakar (27-29 March). IMO acted as the lead agency for maritime security provisions during the assessment of Senegal’s implementation of important Security Council resolutions addressing counter-terrorism. Border management was a main focus of the mission, which included meetings with maritime authorities and border management agencies.
HMAS Newcastle On Middle East Patrols
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has arrived in the Middle East Region and has commenced her first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU after officially joining the operation on May 1, 2015. Newcastle departed for her first patrol as part of a six-month rotation that will see her cover approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters to conduct maritime security operations in the region. The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Dominic MacNamara, RAN, said Newcastle’s mission is to contribute to the maritime security and overall stability of the region.
Melody Successfully Evades Pirates
MSC Cruises confirms that the Melody cruise ship was attacked by pirates near the Seychelles Islands on Saturday evening, April 25, 2009. The ship initiated avoidance procedures and quickly escaped the attack with no injuries to any of the approximately 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members onboard. The pirates approached the ship in a small speedboat firing automatic weapons at 7:35 pm GMT while the ship was sailing 180 nautical miles from Port Victoria in the Seychelles. MSC Cruises immediately informed the Italian government foreign office (La Farnesina), the Maritime Security Center in London and the Coordination Center for Security in Dubai.
Singapore to Build Command Center for Maritime Security
According to the AP, Singapore is building a joint command center that will house three maritime groups under one roof to increase coordination against threats at sea, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Changi Command and Control Center, which is expected to be operational in 2009 to coordinate local, regional and international security efforts to deal with threats such as piracy and terrorist attacks on ships. The center, to be located beside the Changi naval base, will house the Singapore Maritime Security Center, the Information Fusion Center and the Multinational Operations and Exercises Center. Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia have in recent years coordinated maritime and air patrols in the Malacca Strait.
Cosco Bulk Carrier Meets Security Code
in North or South America to the IMO’s International Ship and Port Security (ISPS)Code. COSCO (H.K.) Shipping Company’s 17,066 dwt bulk carrier “You Ya” was successfully audited at the Port of Houston with ABS approving its ship security plans and the necessary security audits for issuance of the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC). COSCO (H.K.) operates about one hundred vessels, aggregating to approximately 4 million dwt and consisting of Handysize, Panamax and Capesize types. It is the largest dry bulk shipping company in Hong Kong and ranks as the third largest dry bulk shipping company in the world. According to ABS Manager of Safety…
Marine Security Funding Program Open for Applications
Transport Canada is now accepting applications for the second round of funding under the Marine Security Contribution Program, announced in May 2004. The three-year, $115-million program will help Canada’s ports and marine facilities with the cost of modernizing and strengthening their security systems and programs. The deadline for this second round of applications is June 15, 2005. The distribution of funds under this program is one of the ways the Government of Canada is working with industry to keep marine facilities secure and open to trade. On March 15, 2005, close to $24 million in funding for 69 ports and marine facilities across the country was announced under the program’s first round of funding.
LISCR Recognizes Liberian Registry Initiatives
The advisory board of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry applauds the initiatives taken by the Liberian Registry in connection with improving security in the international shipping industry. security. The board is led by Rex Harrington, General Maritime Corporation. The other members are Yukio Aso, Sanko Steamship; Ulf Bertheau, of Cyrus Makowski; Harry Gilbert, Wallem Group; Huang Shao Jie, Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping; David C H Liu, Yang Ming Line, and Robert D Somerville, American Bureau of Shipping. Rex Harrington said, "The registry has given an important lead to the industry. Security (ISPS) Code. onboard verification surveys/audits as mandated by the ISPS Code. security preparedness and capability. well as a model ship security plan template. troubled times.
V-Adm. Drew Robertson Heads Canadian Navy
Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson assumed command January 17 during a ceremony in Ottawa, replacing Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean as chief of Maritime staff. The ceremony was presided over by General Rick Hillier, chief of Defense staff. Adm. Robertson has served in the Canadian Forces for 32 years in a variety of key positions, including command of the destroyers Annapolis and Athabaskan. He also led the first Canadian task group during its six-month Operation Apollo anti-terrorism deployment in 2001. Most recently, he was the director general of International Security Policy at National Defense Headquarters. (Source: www.theglobeandmail.com)
ILO Conference Establishes New Convention on Seafarers' Identity Documents
The 91st annual Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) has adopted a new Convention on Seafarers' Identity Documents which replaces ILO Convention No.108 (1958). It establishes a more rigorous identity regime for seafarers with the aim of developing effective security from terrorism and ensuring that the world's 1.2 million seafarers will be given the freedom of movement necessary for their well-being and for their professional activities and, in general, to facilitate international commerce. The Convention sets out the basic parameters and allows the details in its annexes, like the precise form of the identity document (ID), to be easily adapted subsequently to keep up with technological developments.
BV and Securymind In Anti-Piracy Initiative
International classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with French maritime security consultants Securymind to provide an auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards to protect ships against piracy. Security companies offering services to shipping will be audited against the requirements set down by the “Scheme for Quality Management Systems of Private Maritime Security Companies” established by Bureau Veritas and Securymind. The scheme is based on IMO guidance set out in MSC1405 “Revised Interim Guidance To Shipowners…
Canada Raises Security Bar: New Regs Coming
Transport Canada has strengthened its security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports by establishing the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. "The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the safety and security of Canadian ports," said Transport Minister Tony Valeri. These regulations, which have been approved by the Governor in Council for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 2, 2004, will implement the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, as well as amendments to its Safety of Life at Sea Convention, 1974. The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which focuses on improving safety at sea and preventing pollution from vessels.
Canadian Security Regs Tightened
Proposed amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations that strengthen security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports were announced by Transport Minister Tony Valeri. "A secure, strong marine industry is vital to Canada's dynamic economy," said Mr. Valeri. The proposed amendments will implement the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, as well as amendments to its Safety of Life at Sea Convention, 1974. The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which focuses on the improvement of safety at sea and the prevention of pollution from vessels.
U.S., Canada Collaborate on Inland Waterway Security
On September 12th, 2005, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) began a two-week pilot project to enhance inland marine border security. The pilot project, based on the innovative law enforcement concept, known as “Shiprider,” will involve joint marine patrols on the St. Clair River and surrounding waterways in the Windsor/Detroit region. During the project, USCG officers will join RCMP officers on their vessels, and conversely, RCMP officers will join USCG officers on their vessels. The four 25-foot rigid hull boats taking part in the pilot will patrol and travel in American and Canadian waters in the region.
The ICCL Co-Hosts Security Implementation Workshop
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) along with the American Association of Port Authorities and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association brought together the ports of the Caribbean June 25-27, 2003, in Jamaica, to discuss the implementation of new international security requirements. The workshop provided an in-depth overview of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, as required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by July 2004. The ISPS Code provides a standard global security framework that will enable ports, shipping companies and governments to operate on equal preparedness and response levels. The IMO developed the ISPS Code to implement maritime and port security regulations in response to heightened security issues since Sept.
Japan PM: Bigger Role in SE Asia Security Efforts
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a regional security forum that Tokyo would offer its "utmost support" to Southeast Asian countries - several locked in maritime rows with Beijing - in their efforts to protect their seas and airspace, as he pitched his plan for Japan to take on a bigger international security role. Abe, in his keynote address on Friday at the Shangri-La Dialogue for security officials and experts from Asia, also stressed the need for all countries to respect international law - often code for criticising China's assertive military stance. Tensions have ratcheted up in the region, where Japan has a festering dispute with China over tiny isles in the sea between the two Asian economic giants.
ABS To Provide Security Certification For Dockendale Shipping
ABS has secured a contract with Bahamas-based Dockendale Shipping Company Limited to certify 33 of its vessels to the requirements of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS). Dockendale has also requested that it be audited to the additional ABS security criteria for the award of the relevant class notation (SEC). The class notation is particularly advantageous for those vessels trading regularly to the US and for owners wanting to demonstrate the highest levels of security compliance. ABS Manager of Safety, Environment & Security Certification Capt. Patrick Falwell, praised Dockendale’s proactive approach towards meeting the new international security standard. “The deadline is 1 July of next year,” Fallwell pointed out.
India, China Open Maritime Talks
Amid enduring tensions over the South China Sea, India and China held inaugural round of talks on maritime cooperation on February 04 in New Delhi. The meeting of New Delhi and Beijing officials covered a gamut of issues of "mutual interest and prospects for maritime cooperation between the two countries", an official statement said. "The dialogue covered exchange of perspectives on maritime security, developments in international regimes such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and prospects for maritime cooperation…
U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges
International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference, the third of its kind, in an effort to galvanize attention to the dangers that pollution, climate change and over-fishing may pose to the world's oceans. "This ocean conference, in order to protect marine eco-systems…
IMO: Master May be SSO
The master of a ship can be designated as the Ship Security Officer (SSO) in implementing the provisions of the mandatory International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, IMO's Flag State Implementation (FSI) Sub-Committee has unanimously decided to recommend to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The FSI Sub-Committee, which meets this week at IMO's London Headquarters, considered the issue following concerns raised by Contracting Governments to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and by the shipping industry as to whether the ISPS Code, as drafted, would prevent the master of the ship being designated as the SSO. The ISPS Code will become mandatory in July of this year under amendments to SOLAS adopted in December 2002.
Speakers Outline Security Issues at London Conference
At the Lloyd’s List Maritime Security Conference in held in London today, Dr. Hans Payer of Germanischer Lloyd, and Clay Maitland of International Registries, Inc. (IRI) were on hand to deliver speeches outlining pertinent security issues. During his speech, Dr. Payer, a member of the executive board of the society and a former chairman of IACS, said, Germanischer Lloyd is planning some specific research into the resistance of double hulls to external explosions caused by terrorist attack. "This is a natural extension of the studies we have already conducted both theoretically and experimentally into the collision resistance of double- hull ships. Double hull designs are more resistant to limited impacts such as low energy collisions or groundings.
India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties
India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea. Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Monday, his first overseas trip since being appointed in November. Parrikar also met his counterpart Gen Nakatani as part of the 29 March-1 April visit.