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Australia-NZ research ship collaboration eyes safer operations

Australian and New Zealand scientific research organisations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of their research ships. The group entitled `Research Vessels Of New Zealand and Australia’ has been led by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

USCG cadets renew search and rescue operations

US Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the USCG conducts search and rescue operations with MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The new basket design, enables USCG to save precious time during mass rescue situations.

Safety tips for fishing vessels in Ningbo-Zhoushan

The Nigbo Maritime Safety Administration, China, issued guidance for fishing vessels to navigate safely in the coastal waters of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port. It is noted that there are about 5000 fishing boats along the coast of Ningbo every day, and heavy fog is frequent in the area. 

Canada introduces new measures for safer navigation

Under its $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the largest investment ever made to protect coasts and waterways and to create a world-leading marine safety system, the Government of Canada announced four new measures aiming at safer maritime navigation and emergency response.

Port of San Diego, US navy jointly prepare for sea level rise

The US port of San Diego has formally agreed to coordinate with the US Navy to prepare for potential impacts of sea level rise. At its meeting on 8 May, the Board of Commissioners authorized a Memorandum of Agreement with Commander Navy Region Southwest, the first of its kind between the US navy and a West Coast port.

Updates on crewing for vessels operation

AMSA released an update on the outcome of the consultation for appropriate crewing for operations under Marine Order 504. AMSA consulted on two options for changing crewing requirements to focus on empowering the operator to determine the appropriate crew for their vessel. AMSA informed that it will implement Option 1. 

What is on the agenda for MSC 99?

MSC 99 will examine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships may be introduced in IMO instruments. Previous Committee had recognized that IMO should take a proactive and leading role on this issue, given the rapid developments.

CMTS issues maritime transportation extreme weather report

The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.

Panama Canal increases maximum draft for Neopanamax Locks

The Panama Canal Authority announced the increase of the maximum allowable beam for commercial and non-commercial vessels passing through the Neopanamax Locks. Starting from 27 April 2018, the maximum authorized draft is 14.63m (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water, based on levels of Gatun Lake.

First SAFETY4SEA Conference in Cyprus sheds focus on key challenges towards 2020

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Conference in Cyprus successfully concluded on Tuesday 17th of April, at Columbia Plaza in Limassol, attracting 220 delegates from a total of 115 organizations. The pro bono event brought together global experts who focused on the recent and future challenges toward safe, smart and green shipping excellence and sustainable shipping.


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