UK MCA: Passenger information onboard to be digitally reported

UK MCA ran a consultation and concluded to a new method by which passenger numbers and passenger information is required to be transmitted; By December 20 2023, for vessels to which the regulations apply, passenger numbers must be reported digitally to the relevant authorities either via the National Single Window (‘NSW’) or via the ship’s Automatic Identification System (‘AIS’). 

BIMCO to publish clause protecting vessel’s AIS

BIMCO is working on a charter party clause that will help the shipping industry deal with potential abuse by sanctions busters of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) which is mandatory for all ships to carry under SOLAS.

Avoiding collisions at sea: Risks arising from the use of VHF, AIS

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”), as amended, provides general rules to be followed in order to avoid collisions at sea where good seamanship should complement these rules. There has been a significant number of collisions where misuse of VHF radio equipment and AIS information has been established to be a contributory factor.

Western Bulk joins online data platform for dry bulk industry

Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk has signed up with an Oslo-based online market intelligence platform for dry bulk industry. The tech start up Oceanbolt provides real-time insights into trade flows, tonnage flow, fleet speed, dry docking and congestion.

AIS data entry crucial for safe navigation

The US Coast Guard (USCG) warns inland towboat operators to set up their AIS transponder to broadcast the full size of the barge tow, not just the size of the vessel.

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