AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016. The election was conducted on 11 June, 2015 during the 95th session of MSC at the IMO’s headquarters in London. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) senior technical body on safety-related matters, and the appointment is a major achievement in the maritime industry.
Green Lights on Singapore Strait TSS Crossing
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted an earlier recommendation that ships display 3 all-round green lights when crossing the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The night signals identify these vessels crossing the TSS during hours of darkness which will allow other vessels in the appropriate lanes to take actions if required, thereby enhancing navigational safety. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-first session in Nov 2012, in accordance with the provisions of resolution A.858(20)…
Piracy & Passenger Safety High on IMO Committee Agenda
Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. A High-Level Segment will be held on the opening day (16 May), intended to provide an opportunity for a full policy debate among Member Governments on how the international community should deal with issues…
IMO Code of Practice for Atmospheric Oil Mist Detectors
The IMO released a Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Circular entitled Code of Practice for Atmospheric Oil Mist Detectors
IMO to Review MSDS Regulations After IBIA Intervention
THE International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has presented a paper to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) advising that current proposals relating to the mandatory supply and carriage of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in connection with MARPOL Annex 1 cargoes and marine fuel oils are severely flawed and unworkable. And the Maritime Safety Committee, at the MSC82 meeting in Istanbul in early December, has agreed to “take into account” IBIA’s comments when adopting a draft resolution, covering MSDS, to SOLAS regulation V1/5-1. IBIA did not object at MSC82 to the current proposal being sent to the eleventh meeting of the MSC’s Bulk Liquids & Gases (BLG) subcommittee for review and subsequent presentation to MSC83 for adoption.
MARAD Issues Report
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its quarterly Report on Port and Shipping Safety and Environmental Protection dated July 2002. The report reviews such maritime developments as the recent meetings of the IMO Legal Committee and Maritime Safety Committee, as well as the proposed EPA rule regarding emission standards for certain new marine diesel engines. Source: HK Law
RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards
The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) confirmed at its 96th session held in London from May 11-20, 2016. The amendments in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74/78) regulation II-1/3-10, introducing GBS, were adopted in 2010. The amendments enter into force on July 1, 2016 set for application to oil tankers and bulk carriers contracted for construction on or after this date. The goal-based standards include a set of functional requirements for the ships throughout their service life, from designing to recycling.
IMO Approve New Safety Regulations for Polar Navigation
The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) informs that the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding.
Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO
Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) was reviewed by the IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR). The application will now proceed to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its next meeting in November, before advancing to a group of experts for comprehensive technical and operational evaluation. The delegates stated support for the United States position to advance Iridium's application to the next stage for evaluation. Final approval will be up to the Maritime Safety Committee, following review of the experts' report by NCSR, which is expected by mid-2016.
Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions
United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. Following several years of intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding.
Ship Safety Core of IMO Sec-Gen's New Year Address
Speaking at the first meeting of the newly-formed IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization in year 2014. Mr. Sekimizu recalled that he was speaking on the day of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the first ever Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), which was a direct response to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Vessel Tracking on IMO Agenda
IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is scheduled to take place on May 10 through May 19. Long-range identification and tracking of ships on agenda. MSC will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions, development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and passenger ship safety.
Revised Standards for Ship Security Alert systems
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular to its shipowners advising them that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recently revised the performance standards for a ship security alert system. Marine Circular No. 23 of 2003 Source: HK Law
IMO: Piracy Up 4%
The IMO issued a Maritime Safety Committee circular providing the annual report for 2002 of reports on acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. The number of such acts reported to the IMO during 2002 was 383, an increase of 4% over the figure for 2001. The most affected area was the Far East, with 140 incidents reported in the South China Sea alone. MSC.4/Circ.32 http://www.imo.org/includes/blastDataOnly.asp/data_id=7215/32-b&w.pdf (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight “Maritime Items”)
IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks
At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines on risk management. An important point of the guidelines is that potential attacks will not be aimed merely at traditional computer systems, but will also to a high degree focus on control and steering systems for, for example, navigation, machinery, communication, etc.
U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee - Meetings
The U.S. of State, will conduct two meetings in Washington, DC. Safety Committee. safety, bulk carrier safety, and measures to enhance maritime security. Conference on Maritime Security to be held in London on December 9-13, 2002. (SLF). provisions and large passenger vessel safety.
Cruise Industry Welcomes Latest IMO Safety Recommendations
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) & the European Cruise Council (ECC) applaud new IMO safety measures. Both CLIA & ECC are pleased with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) decision to approve incorporation of the cruise industry's recommendation for the mandatory muster of passengers prior to departure from port in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). This anticipated regulatory change would be incorporated in SOLAS, which provides comprehensive mandates on safety equipment and procedures for ships. The global cruise industry had already announced this measure with immediate effect on February 9, 2012, as part of the Global Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review that was launched in January.
Passenger ship safety recommendations agreed by IMO’s MSC
Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. The MSC adopted a resolution, which invites Member States to recommend that passenger ship companies conduct a review of operational safety measures, to ships flying their flag, on a voluntary basis and “with all possible urgency and efficiency”, taking into consideration the recommended interim operational measures listed in an MSC circular. • limiting access to the bridge to those with operational or operationally related functions…
RINA creates Giuliano Pattofatto scholarship
chairman of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee, who died last year. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a final year student in Naval Architecture at the University of Genoa. It will fund an internship at the International Maritime Organisation, to allow the student to understand the processes of international ship safety regulation. IMO's secretary general, William O'Neil, says, "I whole-heartedly welcome this scholarship. Gaspare Ciliberti, president of RINA, says, "Giuliano devoted his life to enhancing international co-operation to improve safety at sea. in 1966. In the same year, he joined RINA where he rose to be deputy director general and technical director. ship safety. from 1994 until 1999.
Ship Systems and Equipment Meeting Underway
The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE). The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related guidelines will be submitted to the Maritime Safety committee (MSC) in June for consideration. Also set for completion are draft amendments to the 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) Code, covering machinery and electrical installations in hazardous areas, fire safety, and life-saving appliances and equipment.
IMO Release Summary of MSC Session
The IMO issued a News Release summary the results of the recent session of the Maritime Safety Committee. Among other things, it adopted new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking of ships (LRIT) and adopted amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions. Source: HK Law
Container Weight Regulations
Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping. But now, according to a report in the WSJ, IMO says ‘practical and pragmatic’ three-month grace period would calm exporter fears of widespread backups. The top global shipping regulator, trying to quiet industry alarms over impending rules that exporters fear will trigger widespread backups at ports…
IMO Urges Redoubled Efforts Against Terrorism
Governments and the shipping industry should redouble their efforts to ensure compliance with the new maritime security measures, which will enter into force on July 1, 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has said in a Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Circular. MSC/Circ.1104, issued 15 January 2004 following consultations between the Secretary-General and the Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee, invites SOLAS Contracting Governments, port authorities, classification societies…