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Hong Kong proposes new regulation on seafarer training for ships in polar waters

The Government of Hong Kong proposed to make a new regulation under the Merchant Shipping (Seafarers) Ordinance to include the latest seafarers’ training requirements as described in the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters of the International Maritime Organization into local legislation. Hong Kong has also proposed to amend the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation.

OCIMF withdraws six publications

OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) informed that it has withdrawn a series of books and information papers, including a guide to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Regimes (2000) and EEDI (2001).

ClassNK: Fire fighter’s communication on Cook Islands vessels

ClassNK released a Technical Information aiming to inform that the Cook Islands Maritime Authority has issued a new circular regarding fire fighter’s communication. The circular touches upon the application of the fire fighter’s communication, its stored location, colour and standard criteria.

Psychology tests no longer needed for compliance with PEME

The American P&I Club informs of a change in the Pre-employment Medical Examination (PEME) Program. The change regards the psychology tests, which the American Club will no longer require to ensure compliance with PEME. The Club also requested all clinics to update their PEME price list given this change. A new price list will be posted in due course.

IMO’s Sub-Committee results to ventilation requirements for survival craft 

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 6th Session (SSE 6) from 4 to 8 March 2019. The meeting focused on improvements in ventilation conditions of survival craft that will be achieved by finalising draft amendments to the LSA Code on ventilation requirements for survival craft and draft amendments to the ‘Revised recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances’.

IMO’s Sub-Committee agrees on Polar life-saving appliances guidelines

In light of the Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6) meeting conducted by IMO’s Sub-Committee on 4-8 March 2019, the participants agreed to draft interim guidelines on life-saving appliances and arrangements for ships operating in polar waters, to ensure they meet the needs for survival in the harsh and specific conditions in Polar waters.

Draft guidelines agreed on fire safety on ro-ro vessels

IMO’s Sub-Committee conducted a meeting on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6), on 4-8 March 2019. The meeting except safe lifting operations, focused on fire safety on ro-ro vessels in order to minimize the danger and the accidents.

IMO’s regulations make lifting and winching operations safer

IMO’s Sub-Committee met in London from 4 to 8 of March 2018, to discuss about draft mandatory regulations in order to make lifting appliances, such as onboard cargo cranes safer. The aim of the meeting was to finalize regulations concerning the seafarers’ safety onboard and the prevention of accidents.

Australia to ban sheep exports from June to August

​​The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources released its proposed conditions for sheep exports to the Middle East for the upcoming northern summer to support animal welfare outcomes. Among others, the Secretary will sign an Order banning sheep exports from June to August by law. In addition, independent Observers will have to be on all voyages that can accommodate them.

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