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EU Transport Ministers publish Declaration on Waterborne Transport

The EU transport ministers held a meeting in Croatia and adopted a declaration on guidelines for the development of EU maritime policy, calling for emissions trading scheme to cover ships from all countries, aiming towards a carbon-neutral and zero pollution waterborne transport sector.

ECSA supports Ministerial Declaration on Waterborne Transport

ECSA welcomed the Declaration on Waterborne Transport issued at the High Level Maritime Ministerial Conference organised by the Croatian Presidency in Opatija. Called “Towards a carbon-neutral, zero accidents, automated and competitive EU Waterborne Transport Sector,” the declaration gives emphasis on the challenges lying ahead for the industry while at the same time, shows support and understanding in the realisation of the industry’s ambitions.

Somali Shipping Code completed

The Somali Shipping Code has been completed, after years of efforts to make Somalia’s capacity to grow, sustain a blue economy and fight piracy, supported by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Condition based maintenance guidance launched

ClassNK released its CBM Guidelines that explain the revised rules for using Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) in class surveys to promote the use of CBM technology. The revision came into force in January 2020, including not only explanations of the revised rules and how to apply the use of CBM in class surveys.

Key points of the IMO SSE 7 outcome

IMO’s SSE 7 took place in London on 2-6 March 2020. Highlights included agreement of draft new requirements for onboard lifting appliances, and on draft new interim guidelines for safe operation of shore power, as well as progressed work on ventilation of survival craft and on fire safety of ro-ro passenger ships.

Why the ISM Code is failing

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Capt. Mark Bull, Principal, Trafalgar Navigation Limited, questioned if the ISM Code is failing, after more than 20 years since its implementation. Capt. Bull firstly provided a brief history of the ISM Code, as well as a description of the five main areas where he felt the Code has failed and went on to explain how such potential failures affect the crew. Since it was introduced; however, nobody has reviewed the Code to ensure its ongoing effectiveness, he concluded.