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Manning, training and certification guidance for the offshore industry

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the variation in qualifications and training required for people on Bahamian registered Mobile Offshore Units (MOU) as well as other such units, as determined by the BMA, used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

RMI: Complying with SOLAS amendments on life-saving appliances

RMI issued updated IMDG Code requirements, reflecting its decision to allow 200 bar oxygen cylinders to be replaced with those of an equivalent capacity. This is due to an increasing number of countries that limit the filling pressure of medical oxygen to below the 200 bar recommended in the MFAG.

BMA: Guidance for safe manning requirements

The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued guidance for safe manning requirements, reiterating that SOLAS Regulation V/14.2 and Merchant Shipping (Training, Certification and Manning) Regulations 2012 require ships to be provided with a Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD). 

Complying with IMO navigation rules at Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Vessels navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are required to comply with the ‘Rules For Vessels Navigating Through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore’ adopted by the IMO MSC 69 in 1998, in accordance with the provision of Resolution A.858(20), the MPA Singapore reminded. 

SeaSense – Expert Thinking on Safety Performance

This time, our special column, in association with The North of England P&I Club, gives emphasis on safety performance. Today, shipping industry should be able to measure real safety performance. For this reason, focus on measuring and assessing performance is necessary, as it will provide ways to develop and manage challenges successfully. Eventually, measuring safety performance accurately, will give a clearer picture of how the industry is doing things. 

Mooring challenges from line manufacturers’ perspective

Mr. Konstantinos Koronakis, CEO, D.KORONAKIS SA makes a brief assessment of MEG-4, pinpointing areas of improvement after one year of implementation. As a line manufacturer, he provides insight into key issues concerning mooring, highlighting that mooring operations are certainly challenging but also safe when all precautions are taken.

ICS presents 5th edition of ISM Guidelines

A new edition of “Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code”, is soon to be launched from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). This is an updated edition of their previous guideline, which was published back in 1993.

K Line installs alcohol detector app onboard its ships

Japanese shipping company K Line announced the introduction of strict alcohol management onboard its ships, as part of its efforts to ensure safe navigation. The system foresees installment of an alcohol detector linked to a smartphone.

SAFETY Watch: What would you change for a safer shipping?

Our special column asked from the winners of the first SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the safety status of the shipping industry and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a safer working environment onboard and ashore.


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