Electronic information exchange and data harmonization, work for a maritime single window and maritime corruption guidance were the key themes on the agenda of IMO’s FAL Committee, during its 43rd session on 8-12 April 2019.
The announced possible delisting of South Africa along with 80 or more other countries from the IMO’s ‘Whitelist’ of countries compliant with the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended, is a matter of major concern, says the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
Three new model courses and one revised model course have been put forward for validation to the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping on 29 April-3 May. IMO model courses assist Member States to develop detailed training programmes, under STCW Convention.
US President Donald Trump is considering waiving the Jones Act requirement that only US-flagged vessels can move LNG from American ports to Puerto Rico. While top administration officials seem to be divided on the issue, the US President is leaning in favor of some sort of waiver.
USCG reminded owners and operators of towing vessels to ensure that 25% of their fleet has received a Certificate of Inspection before 22 July 2019, under Subchapter M. They must also schedule a vessel’s inspection before 22 April 2019 if the COI is expected to be received in the first year.
ECSA and ETF welcomed the adoption by Members of the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment. They stated that they look forward to the formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to apply and deliver on the much-awaited administrative simplification for shipping.
In a circular issued on 4 March, IMO announced that all information related to shore-based facilities for the GMDSS communicated to the organization is available to all registered public account holders through the new GISIS module on the Master plan of shore-based facilities for the GMDSS.
Iceland and Ethiopia have become the latest member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), which sets out minimum international working and living conditions for seafarers on board ships. The MLC will enter into force for the latest signatories in 2020, one year after its ratification.
MPA Singapore issued a marine circular providing information about the procedures needed to be done when a vessel manoeuvres into its ports, effective from 08 April 2019. The circular provides guidelines for vessels proceeding to or departing from a terminal in a reporting sector.
US Senator Deb Fischer introduced legislation to amend the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to provide a basis for compensation for the pain, suffering and other emotional losses suffered by the surviving family members killed at sea.
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