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ISM Code: How to handle Non-Conformities

During an external audit by the Class on behalf of ship flag or an internal audit by the company, deficiencies and shortcomings onboard are likely to be found. In such cases, the ISM Code categorizes these either as Observation, Non-conformity or Major Non-conformity.

Maritime Knowledge

ISM Code: Latest Updates

The purpose of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. The Code’s origins go back to the late 1980s, when there was mounting concern about poor management standards in shipping.

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Safety Management: Why Quality is important among shipping organizations

There are numerous of questions arising concerning the term “quality”. Most of these questions are focusing on what quality is in practice and who actually defines the required items that make an organization quality compliant.

PSC Focus

Paris MoU inspection regime: What if things go wrong

BIMCO and the Paris MoU have updated the pamphlet 'The Inspection Regime on Paris MoU'. The document provides guidance on how to prepare for inspections by PSC Officers, how to comply with regulations and how to avoid unnecessary problems.


Pirates attack fishing vessels off Somalia

On 21 April, fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi were attacked by suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, 280 NM off the coast of Somalia, EUNAVFOR reported. The piracy attacks were thwarted, and the crew and vessels remained safe, due to the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP) protection measures by the Masters, the crews and the private security teams on both fishing vessels.


Steps to be taken to prevent malaria

Gard Club issued an alert concerning malaria which remains one of the world’s leading killers and seafarers must not lower their guard when visiting an area where there is a risk of exposure to this mosquito-borne disease. The progress in fighting malaria has levelled off.


Iran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz after US ends waivers

Iran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz if it was not allowed to use the strategic waterway through which around a fifth of oil that is consumed globally passes. This came after the US announcement that it will end exemptions awarded last year to eight buyers of Iranian oil, demanding them to stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions.


ADNOC makes first coke shipment to become a 'zero-fuel oil' refining business

The first-ever shipment of UAE-produced calcined coke has started its maiden voyage to mainland China. 10,500 tons of calcined coke were loaded by ADNOC Refining onto the M/V Lucky Ocho, a vessel chartered by ADNOC Logistics & Services, to be delivered in Yantai, China by the end of April 2019.


Ships detained in Paris MoU during March 2019

The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for March 2019, containing information about ships detained in the region during the month under review. The details of detentions are entered in the information system of the Paris MoU after the ship has been released.


ExxonMobil begins operation on unit to produce clean transport fuel

ExxonMobil took a Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) into operation at its refinery in Antwerp at the start of April. The unit converts heavy, high-sulphur oil products into cleaner transport fuel like diesel and fuel oil for shipping. The new plant represents an investment of over 1 billion euros.


Working with difficult people

We have all perceived colleagues being more difficult to work with than others. But, have you ever wondered to what extend the super-competitive, grumpy and miserable colleagues or the intrusive leaders impact negatively the quality of your own work?

Women in shipping

Career Paths: Natalie Shaw, ICS

In our special column this time, we have the pleasure to host an interview with Mrs. Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs, International Shipping Federation and International Chamber of Shipping who, when she first joined the industry, had the chance to  work on the MLC, 2006.


Leadership is a marathon, not a sprint

Millennials have begun filling leadership roles in workplaces but faced with some common challenges like situations that test their skills, mindset but also their patience and consistency. Many of them strive to deliver performance, while others just enjoy the director’s position.


China Emission regulations: An overview

In this article, SQE Marine provides information about the current situation on Chinese emissions regulations. Specifically, China relevant authority (MSA) has set three ECA’s in China area in which from 01-01-2019, all vessels should use (all time) fuel with 0.5% m/m sulfur content.


Marshall Islands: Certification requirements for crew operating in Polar waters

According to the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Water (Polar Code), and further amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Marshall Islands require deck officers on RMI-flagged vessels operating in Polar waters to be Polar certificated.


Necessary Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings

During IMO's 30th session assembly, the organization adopted resolution A.1116(30) about Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings. The resolution harmonizes the requirement of SOLAS regulations II-2/13, II-2/15, III/9, III/11, III/20, taking into consideration the ISO standard 24409. These signs and markings apply to vessels that are constructed on or after 1st January 2019 and current ships.


ABS, Google Cloud, SoftServe use AI to detect corrosion

ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe completed a pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) models to find levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures. The project showed the accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection.

Maritime Software

WiseTech Global rolls out its logistics solution globally

Logistics solutions group WiseTech Global announced a strategic agreement with supply chain leader Bolloré Logistics to roll out its CargoWise One platform globally from May 2019. It will now be set up for Bolloré Logistics to use across its worldwide network, including Africa, a key market for Bolloré Logistics.


Watch: NASA drops 100 drones tiny enough to fit in a hand

NASA's Langley Research Center released a video last week showing four large drones (called Hives) releasing over 100 smaller drones known as 'Cicadas', at the Beaver Dam Airpark in Virginia. Cicada, developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), stands for "Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft." These small drones can fit in the palm of a hand.


Panama Canal welcomes 6,000th Neopanamax transit

Less than three years after its opening, the Panama Canal announced a new milestone with the transit of the 6,000th Neopanamax ship, reaffirming its position in global maritime trade.


Canada provides marine training for underrepresented groups

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, announced that the country is providing funding over three years to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to deliver a program to increase access to marine training courses for women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous people through the Oceans Protection Plan.


Social justice in maritime: A continuous fight for equality?

Female seafarers marked themselves lower than the general average in the latest Seafarers Happiness Index while deck crew and officers tended to be happier than their engineering counterparts. How does the industry challenging injustice and valuing diversity though? Are any equal opportunities out there?


US ends exceptions for Iranian oil importers

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on April 22 that the United States will end all exceptions for countries currently purchasing oil from Iran. As he specifically said, the country will no longer grant any exceptions. 'We’re going to zero across the board'.


Egypt plans to increase Suez Canal’s revenues by $1bn

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) aims to increase the Suez Canal’s revenues by as much as $1bn, Mohab Mamish, the chairperson of SCA informed. During the first year of its operation the canal achieved revenues worth a total of $600m.


Chinese restriction on coal imports affects demand on Panamaxes

China decided to restrict its coal imports in 2019 in less than 2018's levels. Drewry supports that this decision will dent demand for Panamaxes, but an ongoing tussle with Australia could be the silver lining.