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19 Nov 2019

Shipbreaking NGO Wins FPSO Case

The North Sea Producer beached in Chattogram – © NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the import, beaching and breaking of the infamous FPSO North Sea Producer illegal.The judgment was issued in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Shipbreaking Platform member organization Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).The Court further noted with dismay the incessant violations of national and international laws by the shipbreaking industry, and passed several directions upon the government to regulate the sector in line with earlier rulings.Already in August 2017…

21 Oct 2019

46 Countries Support Torremolinos Declaration

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principe have become the latest States to become Party to the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety.These small nations deposited their instruments of accession during the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (21-23 October).At the same time, they joined 44 other countries (46 in total) signing the Torremolinos Declaration, a non-legally binding political instrument.By signing the Declaration…

08 Oct 2019

Survey: Robust Commitment to Low Sulphur Cap

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Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has completed a survey (IMO 2020 Sulphur Regulation | Your Opinion Matters) and the results show more than 44% of ship owners, operators and managers saying they will definitely comply with the forthcoming IMO regulations.The PISR survey was conducted over a six month period starting in April 2019 and asked ship owners, managers and operators for their views on the cap: how they intended to comply; if they believed the implementation date would change…

23 Sep 2019

Shipping Sector Sets Course for Zero Carbon

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Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies on Monday launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Achieving this target will…

20 Aug 2019

Wallem Bulker Rescues Indonesian Fishermen

Rescued fishermen and ISL Star crew (Photo: Wallem)

ISL Star, a bulk carrier managed by Wallem Group, together with the U.S. Coast Guard successfully retrieved a crew of eight Indonesian fishermen adrift for over a week after their boat lost power in the middle of the western Pacific.The Hallelujar, a 60ft Indonesian-flagged fishing vessel of wooden construction, had been adrift for 10 days when on August 13th the AMVER vessel ISL Star received a message from the U.S. Coast Guard that the crew on board was seeking immediate assistance.

25 Jul 2019

Worker Dies Bangladeshi Ship-breaking Yard

Entrance gate to one of the Kabir Steel's shipbreaking yards - © NGO Shipbreaking Platform 2019

NGO Shipbreaking Platform reports that a yard worker has lost his life in an accident while scrapping a former Evergreen vessel.The cutter man Shahidul lost his life while working at Kabir Steel’s Khawja shipbreaking yard in Chattogram (Chittagong), Bangladesh.According to local sources, Shahidul was cutting the container ship Ever Union when he fell from a great height. He died on the spot.Kabir Steel’s shipbreaking yards are part of the large industrial conglomerate of Kabir Group of Industries.

08 Jul 2019

193 Ships Broken in 2Q, 2019

Graphics: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform said that there were a total of 193 ships broken in the second quarter of 2019 and the 146 of these were sold to South Asian scrapping beaches. South Asian working conditions are known to be dire and breaking practices cause irreparable damage to the coastal environment, it added.Between April and June, Platform sources recorded three accidents that killed at least five workers on the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh, bringing the total death-toll of the shipbreaking industry this year to at least eight workers.In the early morning of 15 May…

02 Jul 2019

GloFouling Gets Going in Pacific

Pics: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The initial phase of the Glofouling Partnerships project is now well and truly underway with a series of technical workshops in the Pacific, stated  International Maritime Organization (IMO).The UN body said that the key message delivered to participants was that once introduced, marine invasive species can be hard to eradicate - and invasive species represent a potential major threat to the Pacific Ocean's biodiversity and the ecological integrity of Small Island Developing States.The…

14 Jun 2019

Greece Hosts Shortsea Shipping Day

Photo: Palau International Ship Registry

Panos Kirnidis, CEO of Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) was one of the first speakers to welcome shortsea shipping experts, owners, charters and sector professionals to the 2019 Shortsea Shipping Day at the Piraeus Yacht Club in Greece on Thursday 14 June.As the lead sponsor for the event, organised with among others the European Shortsea Network and the Hellenic Short Sea Shipowners Association (HSSA), Panos Kirnidis stressed the importance of short sea shipping to the…

24 May 2019

Teaching Teenagers About Oil Spill Issues

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Discussions on oil pollution prevention, preparedness and response took centre stage this week (20-24 May) at the latest edition of Spillcon 2019 in Perth, Australia.The forum included sessions on cause and prevention, response management and environmental issues.A raft of high calibre national and international speakers addressed the conference on their particular areas of expertise. However, this year, the audience also invited 12 to 15 years olds to join the event to learn more about issues related to environmental protection, oil and chemical pollution, preparedness and response.

23 May 2019

Race Against WW II Shipwrecks Oil Spill

Image: MV Ocean Recovery

A remediation programme to protect island ecosystems from damage caused by oil pollution from World War II wrecks sunk in the Pacific Ocean will launch in Newcastle Harbour today (Thursday 23 May).The programme is the result of a partnership between Major Projects Foundation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) – an intergovernmental Pacific regional organisation made up of 26 members – and the University of Newcastle. It will see expert teams of scientists…

17 May 2019

PISR touts its Detention 'Clean Sheet'

Panos Kirnidis BEng, MSc CEO PISR (Photo: PISR)

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) reports it has recorded a zero percentage detention record with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in the latest figures issued for 2016-2018 Port State Control examinations.The USCG targets flags for additional Port State Control examinations if their detention ratio scores are higher than the three-year rolling average detention record. In the latest figures, PISR recorded an  overall 0.00% detention record with zero detentions for safety playing a major part in this.In the two year period recorded…

11 Apr 2019

Shipbreaking: 142 Sent to South Asia in Q1

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

142 ships were sold in the first quarter of 2019 to the beaches of South Asia where they were broken under conditions that cause irreversible damage to both human health and the environment.According to a quarterly update from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, between January and March, three workers have lost their lives and four were severely injured when breaking ships in Bangladesh.On 28 January, according to local sources, Md Motiur Rahman lost his life while working at S. S. Green Ship Breaking yard, located on the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

29 Mar 2019

ICS Perturbed on Migrant Incident

Pic: ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya.The representative body of the global shipping industry said that it is still establishing the details of the ongoing incident, but welcomes initial reports that the Maltese authorities have taken action to ensure that the situation is safely resolved.ICS Secretary General…

18 Feb 2019

Two Bangladeshi Workers Killed in Shipbreaking Yard

Pic from NGO Shipbreaking Platform video

Two Bangladeshi workers were killed Monday in a fire that started in the engine room of an end-of-life tanker being dismantled at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the NGO Shipbreaking PlatformMd Jamil, 23 years old cutter man, and Bipul lost their lives while scrapping the ship GREEK WARRIOR (IMO 9191412) at Shagorika Ship Breaking Yard. According to local media, Jamil was burned and rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. He died before reaching the hospital.

08 Oct 2018

IMO to Push Nations for Legislation on Treaties

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An important strategic objective for International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is improve the way its treaties and conventions are implemented, at the national level.Domestic implementing legislation is required but audits carried out by IMO reveal that, in many countries, it either doesn’t exist or is incomplete.To address this need, IMO offers an intensive 5-day workshop for lawyers and legislative drafters. It provides them with the tools they need to understand IMO treaties and how they are developed and adopted.

28 Sep 2018

U.S. Navy to Commission Submarine Indiana Today

Image: US Navy

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), during a 10 a.m. (EDT) ceremony today (Saturday, Sept. 29), at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida.The principal speaker will be U.S. Representative Jim Banks from Indiana. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. She will give the order…

26 Jul 2018

169 Ships Sold to South Asian Beaches for Breaking

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Of the 220 ships broken in the second quarter of 2018, 169 were sold to be scrapped on the beaches of South Asia, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform.In the second quarter of 2018, American ship owners sold the most ships to the South Asian yards with 26 vessels beached, followed by Greek and UAE owners. In the end of April, Pakistan reopened the market to the import of tankers.In two months alone, 22 tankers reached the shores of Gadani to be scrapped as devaluing freight rates have…

13 Jun 2018

Smart Ships are the Future -PISR CEO

Panos Kirnidis (Photo: Palau International Ship Registry)

Panos Kirnidis, CEO of Palau International Ship Registry (PISR), says smart ships will continue to be the driving force for the new decade as technology puts the control and management of shipping onto a new level.Kirnidis believes there is still some reticence to accept technology by some registries: “There is no escaping technology in shipping and we believe it is essential that everything we do with shipping comes from technology.”PISR, meanwhile, has been developing its own…

02 Jul 2018

PISR, VERIFAVIA Enter Verification Service Agreement

Panos Kirnidis CEO Palau International Ship Registry (Photo:Image Line Communications)

Verifavia, an environmental verification, certification and auditing body for aviation and maritime transport and will work with Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) to provide IMO Data Collection System (DCS) verification services to Palau-flagged vessels. The DCS reporting process uses the method of reporting of fuel oil consumption. Verifavia will provide PISR vessels with a complete reviewed Data Collection Plan (DCP). They will be built-into the SEEMP Part II by December 31, 2018, allowing PISR to issue a Confirmation of Compliance to its fleet by May 31, 2020.

20 Mar 2018

CNCo, SPREP Ink Recycling MOU for Pacific Islands

James Woodrow, MD, CNCo signing the MOU in Singapore. Photo SPREP

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports, pro bono, to be sustainably treated and recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific. “This historic partnership will be of great benefit to our Pacific islands…

27 Apr 2018

206 Ships Broken in 1Q: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

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Of the 206 ships broken in the first quarter of 2018, 152 were sold to the beaches of South Asia, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.Ship owners continue to sell their ships to the beaching yards despite documented hazardous and even deadly conditions as the prices offered for ships this first quarter have been high in South Asia, especially when compared to the figures of last year. While a South Asian beaching yard can pay about $450/LDT, Turkish and Chinese yards are respectively currently paying $280/LDT and $210/LDT.

02 May 2018

Women Empowerment in Pacific Maritime

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Women in maritime are a key contributor to the maritime transport sector. This was the message of Helen Buni from International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender programme as she opened the second regional conference for Pacific Women in Maritime held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, (26–28 April). The conference highlighted the significant progress made by the women in maritime association (WIMA) in the Pacific to integrate more women into the industry. The event reaffirmed…

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