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Six candidates for the position of IMO Secretary General

The final countdown to change Six candidates had been nominated by their Governments for the position of Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Andreas ChrysostomouANDREAS Chrysostomou spent 10 years representing Cyprus on every committee that met at Albert Embankment and is seen as a strong political debater who knows the IMO and its conventions to the letter. He has been chair of a number of the IMO's committees and there is no doubt that most of the members and secretariat know Andreas Chrysostomou.He admits there is a need to change the work load within the IMO. This is best seen in some of the committees, with an ever increasing number of submissions and political debates with a resulting headache for a secretariat that is expected to keep up with its members' expectations.Today Mr Chrysostomou is most widely known as the chair of the maritime environment protection committee, and particularly for his handling of some very sensitive and contentious topics in recent years. Jeffrey LantzMr Lantz,who will be 59 years old in September, is the US Coast Guard's Washington DC based director of commercial regulations and standards and has been a regular face at IMO meetings for the last decade.He ...

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New IMO regulation for voyage data recorders

VDRs will become more sophisticated Voyage data recorders (VDRs), which are playing a major role in accident investigation, will become more sophisticated and the data will be recovered easier.At the Nav 57 meeting, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed a new performance standard for VDRs to counter the major failing of the system where crew fail to back up or save data immediately following an accident. For instance,when the 270,000-dwt Hebei Spirit (built 1993) spilled 10,000 tonnes of crude oil off South Korea in 2009,the inability of the crew to back up data on the VDR was cited against them in a subsequent court case.Data proves to be expensive or impossible to retrieve when a vessel sinks. Recovering the VDR from the 2,400-gt expedition cruiseship Explorer (built 1969), which sank in the Antarctic, is estimated to have cost up to $3m and is the subject of a legal dispute over payment. An official investigation into the accident criticised the crew for not removing the VDR before the ship sank.Under the new IMO regulation, which is subject to final approval from 2014, VDRs should be capable of saving the most recent 48 hours of data for up to two years. They ...

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IMO urges the world to tweet and like on 2011 Day of the Seafarer

Day of the Seafarer on June 25 People everywhere are being urged to voice their support for seafarers by using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, by posting videos on YouTube, discussing seafarer issues on LinkedIn, or even writing a blog about life at sea, to mark the first ever international Day of the Seafarer, on 25 June, 2011.Last year, the Diplomatic Conference which met in Manila to adopt milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention) and its associated Code, also agreed that the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a Day of the Seafarer.The date chosen was 25 June, the day on which the amendments were formally adopted.An innovative web-based and social media campaign forms the centrepiece of efforts to celebrate the Day of the Seafarer and to pay tribute to the worlds 1.5 million seafarers men and women from all over the globe for the unique, and all-too-often overlooked, contribution they make to the well-being of all of us.The campaign, which emphasizes the fact ...

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IMO’s ban on the use of heavy fuel oil will lead to a decline of Antarctic cruises

IMO's ban will come into force this August The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) expects IMOs ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO), which come into force this August, to lead to a decrease in the the number of voyages by 500-plus passenger vessels from 12 this past season to just five in 2011-12.Passenger numbers on these category from 14,373 to less than 5,000 for the 2011-12 season. As a result, Because of this and the lingering effects of the slow economy, the overall number of visitors traveling with IAATO operators next season is projected at 25,319, a 25 percent decline from the season just ended.Antarctic tourism numbers have been trending downward since the 2007-08 season when IAATO members carried a total of 46,265 visitors to Antarctica, noted Steve Wellmeier, Executive Director of IAATO. The decline to date has largely been the result of the effects of the economic slowdown worldwide. While we expect this to continue playing a role, there is little question that the more significant factor in next years lower numbers is the consequence of the HFO ban. The result will be visitor numbers overall that mirror those of a decade ...

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IMO issues circular on early application of on-load release and retrieval systems

MSC.1 Circular 1393 - Early Application of New SOLAS Regulation 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 IMO issued circular MSC.1 Circular 1393 - Early Application of New SOLAS Regulation III/1.5 .In light of the provision of the new SOLAS regulation III/1.5, the Committee agreed that:For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, on-load release and retrieval systems shall comply with the LSA Code, as amended by resolution MSC.320(89)Member Governments are encouraged to ensure that ships constructed on or after 20 May 2011 but before 1 July 2014, on-load release and retrieval systems comply with the LSA Code, as amended by resolution MSC.320(89)You can view the MSC.1/ Circular 1393 by clicking here.Source : IMO

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IMO issues Circular regarding LRIT Conformance Test

MSC1/Circular 1377 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Circular 1377 regarding LRIT Conformance Test recently issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including circulars emanating from the 89th Session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)MSC 89 for the benefit of SOLAS Contracting Governments and Administrations, approved, pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 6.3 of MSC.1/Circ.1307 on Guidance on the survey and certification of compliance of ships with the requirement to transmit LRIT information, the List of application service providers authorized to conduct conformance tests and issue LRIT Conformance test reports on behalf of the Administrations, as set out in the annex.You can view MSC1/Circular 1377 by clicking here.Source: IMO

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