Maritime Safety Committee News

27 May 2020

KR, Samsung Heavy Industries to Maritime Study Cyber Security

Representatives from both Korean Register and Samsung Heavy Industries following the MOU signing. (Photo: KR)

Korean Register (KR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to conduct a joint study on “Ship Cyber Security Network Construction and Design Safety Evaluation” at the Marine Engineering Research Center of SHI.Under the MOU, the two organizations have agreed to evaluate the construction and design safety of cyber security networks applicable to new ships. In addition, they will jointly study technologies that can respond to cyber threats faced by ships…

01 May 2020

IMO Postpones More Meetings Due to COVID-19

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said its meetings scheduled to be held in July, including the next regular session of the IMO Council, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the UN shipping agency moves to revise its meeting program for the remainder of 2020.The IMO said it  has drawn up a priority list of meetings to be considered by the Council at its 32nd extraordinary session that will be held by correspondence from May to July. This follows the 31st session of the Council that took place…

17 Mar 2020

Ports' Coronavirus Roadblocks Put Seafarers at Risk

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The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic taking hold around the world may leave seafarers without vital medicines and provisions as well as important spare parts, according to the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA).Some ports have been refusing certain vessels entry because of previous port calls at coronavirus-affected areas, causing some to sail off without taking on the vital supplies they need to operate.ISSA, which looks after the interests of the world’s ship chandlers…

22 Jan 2020

Ferry Industry Sets Pace on Critical Solutions

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Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan describes a distinctly upbeat period in the worldwide ferry community – and explains how the global trade association plans to take its support to far-reaching new levels.There are times when the phrase “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics” seems all too true, but here’s an honest number for you – ferries carry a global total of more than 2 billion passengers a year, which is almost on a par with airlines.Hard to believe? Not for those of us in the industry, but almost certainly for many citizens and politicians.

19 Jan 2020

IMO Reviews GMDSS Requirements

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) said that it will continue its ongoing work to review GMDSS requirements, to enable the use of modern communication systems in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), while removing requirements to carry obsolete systems.Search and rescue at sea depends on the integrated satellite and terrestrial radio-communication communications system - the GMDSS.

14 Jan 2020

Iridium Now Authorized for GMDSS Service

Photo: Iridium

Iridium Communication signed on to provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service.On December 19, 2019 a Letter of Compliance was signed by the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), stating it has positively verified the operational and technical requirements as requested by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for Iridium to provide Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service. Iridium’s GMDSS service is bringing many capabilities to the maritime industry…

27 Nov 2019

Joseph Angelo Awarded Global Maritime Prize

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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.

21 Nov 2019

Dualog, NYK Sign Cyber-Risk Contract

 From left, Otto Malmgren, counsellor at Norwegian Embassy; Per Arve Frøyen, director of Innovation Norway Japan; Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO of Dualog; Hideki Suzuki, corporate officer at NYK; Hideyuki Ando, senior general manager of MTI. Photo: Dualog

Japanese shipping company NYK has signed  a long-term industrial research and development project agreement with Tromsø-based Dualog which aims to result in a cutting-edge Cyberrisk Management System for vessels.The project announced today at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo will receive two years of funding from the Norwegian government fund Innovation Norway.The agreement will see the development of digitized products and services across a test-bed of 50 vessels with a view to…

20 Nov 2019

VDRs for Inland Vessels: Does It Make Sense?

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It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…

18 Oct 2019

Boxship Fires: Time for Action, says IUMI

Helle Hammer, IUMI Policy Forum Chair

This year has already seen an alarming number of container ship fires including Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, Grande America, E.R. Kobe and KMTC Hong Kong.The escalation is of growing concern to IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) who used a recent forum to call for an urgent improvement to onboard firefighting systems.At a conference in Arendal, Norway, organised by marine insurer and P&I Club, Gard, and attended by IMO, flag states, shipowners, salvors, class, and insurers…

17 Oct 2019

LR Awards AiP to DSME for VLEC Design

From left to right: Odin Kwon, DSME Executive Vice President and CTO, with Mark Darley, LR’s North Asia President during the AiP ceremony at Gastech 2019 in Houston (Photo: LR)

Classification society Lloyd's Register said it has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for its 98,000-cubic meter very large ethane carrier (VLEC) design with new cryogenic material High Manganese Austenitic steel (High MnA) and sloshing-free tank, the first VLEC design to use this type of material.DSME’s 98,000 m3 VLEC design is made of DSME-patented ‘Type B’ tank so it can operate with partial loading due to a sloshing-free tank design making vessel operations flexible and efficient…

10 Oct 2019

Autonomous Ships, Opportunities & Challenges

Image: DNV GL

Maritime autonomous surface ship (“MASS”) technology continues to advance at a rapid pace around the globe. Although it’s not being embraced as quickly in the United States commercial market as other parts of the world, U.S. industry professionals and regulators look forward to continued development and implementation as a means to improve efficiency and safety.OpportunitiesThe U.S. Maritime Administration (“MARAD”) hosted “Achieving Critical MASS: Spotlight on the U.S. Vessel Automation Industry” July 22 and 23, 2019, encouraging discussion between U.S.

07 Oct 2019

VDRs for Inland Vessels? Does It Make Sense?

Credit: Thomas Rollins

It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…

19 Sep 2019

LR Awards DSME AiP

Pictured from left to right: Odin Kwon, DSME Executive Vice President and CTO, with Mark Darley, LR’s North Asia President during the AiP ceremony at Gastech 2019 (Houston, Texas) (Photo: LR)

LR has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) for its 98,000 m3 Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC) design with new cryogenic material High Manganese Austenitic steel (High MnA) and sloshing-free tank, the first VLEC design to use this type of material.DSME’s 98,000 m3 VLEC design is made of DSME-patented ‘Type B’ tank so it can operate with partial loading due to a sloshing-free tank design making vessel operations flexible and efficient, and facilitating multi-port loading/unloading requirements.

09 Sep 2019

ClassNK Creates Cyber Security Team

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ClassNK established a cross-sectional cyber security project team made up of ship and security experts of the society, as cyber security for ships is entering a practical stage, including the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) resolution encouraging administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after January 1, 2021. Senior Executive Vice President Hiroaki Sakashita was chosen to lead the new team.

26 Jul 2019

Interferry Charts a Course for Growth

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.While I respect the mantra of cautious optimism, I can’t help feeling genuinely excited that 2019 could prove to be a milestone year in the continuing growth of Interferry’s influence as the global voice of the ferry industry. We’ve come a long way since our US origins in 1976 as what was essentially a networking movement, but developments in recent months already suggest we are on course for yet more enhancement of our present-day worldwide networking and lobbying relationships.

23 Jul 2019

"IMO Joe" Angelo Honored

Mr. Joseph J. Angelo (Photo: IMO)

The International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded 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.The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (July 15-19) decided to award the Prize to Mr. Angelo, in recognition…

22 Jul 2019

Joseph Angelo Wins Global Maritime Prize

Joseph J. Angelo participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments. Photo: IMO

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2018 is to be awarded 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.The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (15-19 July) decided to award the Prize to Angelo…

27 Jun 2019

IMO 2020: Countdown to Cutting SOx Emissions

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been preparing ahead of the implementation date. From 1 January 2020, under IMO's MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.Accordingly, the sulfur content of fuel oil used by ships operating outside designated emission control areas shall not exceed 0.50% - representing an 80% cut from the current 3.50% limit. New requirements for ships to cut sulfur oxide emissions enter into effect on 1 January 2020, marking a sea change in fuel used by ships…

14 Jun 2019

MSC Approves Mooring Measures

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved measures to improve the safety for seafarers when mooring ships.Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a press release that between 5 and 14 June, MSC met in London to discuss current issues related to the safety and security of global shipping.Part of the agenda was dedicated to the draft measures for safe mooring operations as prepared by the SDC sub-committee based on proposals originally…

05 Jun 2019

Maritime Safety Committee Meets

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is meeting for its 101st session, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items.A number of draft amendments will be adopted, including amendments to mandatory Codes covering the carriage of potentially hazardous cargoes: the MSC is set to adopt the draft consolidated edition of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC Code), and a comprehensive…

16 Apr 2019

Iridium Readying GMDSS Services for Launch

IMSO Director General, Captain Ahmed Moin and Iridium Director of Maritime Safety and Security Services, Kyle Hurst during the signing ceremony at IMSO headquarters. IMAGE: Credit Iridium

A Historic Public Services Agreement has been signed as Iridium Continues Readying GMDSS Services for Launch. International Mobile Satellite Organization and Iridium continue progress towards Iridium’s January 2020 GMDSS Debut.Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the signing of their Public Services Agreement (PSA) with the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), which details the conditions for IMSO to act as regulator and maintain oversight…

29 Jan 2019

Making a Difference: Interferry acts on industry’s major issues

Mike Corrigan is CEO of Interferry, the trade association that represents the worldwide ferry industry.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan reflects on the global trade association’s hectic year of involvement in three key areas of concern.Readers with long memories will have a strong sense of déjà vu when I say that safety, security and the environment are at the forefront of Interferry’s networking and lobbying mission right now. I highlighted the very same issues in this column last January, so let me explain why I’m not entirely repeating myself.It’s a fact of life that a lot can happen in a short space of time.

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