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Places of Refuge: An overview

A place of refuge is a place where a ship in need of assistance can take action to enable it to stabilize its condition and reduce the hazards to navigation, protect human life and the environment. Current practice concerning places of refuge is a concern to insurers due to the many variable factors involved, and the variety of risks.

USCG: Considerations on BWM regulations

On the sidelines of Posidonia earlier this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau talked about BWM regulations, emphasizing the importance for owners and operators to review and update their BWM plan routinely, train crews, and incorporate BWM into SMS, phasing out exchange and AMS as compliance options.

Regulatory update: Container ships safety

With the growing size of container vessels, misdeclaration of cargo together with insufficient firefighting capabilities are currently two of the main challenges related to container ship safety.

Role of regulator: The USCG perspective

On the occasion of USCG participation at Posidonia this month, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, shares his view on at the role of the regulator in the maritime industry’s environmental footprint, mostly in the context of ballast water management regulations.

Italy published SOLAS firefighter radio specifications

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport published specifications for new portable radios required under SOLAS Chapter II-2, Regulation 10.10.4 – ‘Fire Fighters Communication’. This regulation aims to improve safety by securing dedicated communication systems for fire parties onboard vessels.

Denmark issues requirements for crew on ships sailing in polar areas

Denmark’s Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs published an Executive Order describing the training and qualification requirements for masters, officers and other personnel who are part of the guard on the bridge for ships operating in polar areas. The Executive Order will enter into force on 1 July 2018.

AMSA survey regime changes: What you need to know

AMSA announced that, from 1 July 2018, all domestic commercial vessels that are required to have a certificate of survey will need to be surveyed in accordance with the survey frequency and requirements in the new marine order 503, and Part 2 of the Marine Surveyor Manual.

EU proposes new fund to support fishery sector

The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund will continue to support the European fisheries sector for more sustainable fishing practices, as it will specifically focus on supporting small-scale fishermen. It will also help grow the potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a better future for coastal communities.


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