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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.

Calls are made to facilitate seafarers obtain Schengen visas

The European and International Social Partners in the Maritime Sector; the European Community Shipowners’ Associations, the European Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers Federation welcomed the current efforts to enable seafarers travel to and from the EU, with new amendments to the visa rules between Member States.

IMO FAL 42 outcome

The 42nd session of IMO’s Facilitation Committee took place from 5 to 8 June, focusing on work to the facilitation of international maritime traffic. Data standardisation, single window system, stowaways, maritime corruption were, inter alia, key items on this year’s agenda.

USCG to revise marine radar observer refresher training regulations

An active mariner who serves in a relevant position for one year in the previous 5 years using radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on ships equipped with radar, or has served as a qualified instructor for a US Coast Guard-approved radar course at least two times within the past 5 years, would not be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved radar refresher or re-certification course to renew his or her radar observer endorsement.

US passes 2018 Water Resources Development Act

WRDA is a bipartisan legislation that provides improvements to the US ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. The bill passed by a vote of 408 to 2, a margin of 99.5%, and it contains funding for eight major projects across the US.

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