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Lifeboat hook failures cause death and injury to seafarers

Mariners have lost confidence in using lifeboats in training drills Lifeboat hook failures have caused death and injury to seafarers for too long now and mariners have lost confidence in using lifeboats in training drills.The Industry Lifeboat Group (ILG) in which The Nautical Institute is an active participant, was set up to address the concerns of the maritime industry on the issue of lifeboat safety; identify features of existing survival craft and associated systems for which remedial measures are required; and to provide clear recommendations to IMO.

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Carriage of immersion suits on cargo ships flying Hong Kong Flag

Technical Information TEC-0667 by Class NK With regard to the carriage of immersion suits on the Hong Kong flagged ships, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 dated 6 July 2006 has been issued.Recently, the Government has notified of the additional instruction of immersion suits for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by SOLAS Reg.III/31.1.4.In response, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 paragraph 1 has been modified as follows.(1) At least two immersion suits should be provided in wheel house and engine control room respectively as additional immersion suits. The same number of immersion suits as life-jackets at the wheel house and engine control room are required (i.e. if 3 life-jackets are required at the wheel house then 3 immersion suits are required at the wheel house).(2) If ship has other watch or work stations and life-jackets has already been provided, for example, cargo control room of chemical tanker etc., the same number of immersion suits as life-jackets are required to such stations. Mooring stations (fore & aft) are not included in the above watch or work stations.(3) At least two sets of immersion suits are to be provided for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by Reg.III/31.1.4 according to the ...

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WMU Governors look to the future

Three plans drawn up by the University to guide its future development The World Maritime University (WMU) Board of Governors, meeting for its 29th regular session, has welcomed the improvement in the University's budgetary position since the last session and approved three plans drawn up by the University to guide its future development.The Board met in Malmö City Hall, on 2 June 2011, under the chairmanship of the University's Chancellor, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos. This was the second meeting of the Board since the governance arrangements at the University were updated, through the revision of its Charter, which came into effect on 1 January 2010. The recently-appointed Chairman of the Executive Board, Mr. Torben Skaanild, also attended the meeting.The Board welcomed the improvement in the University's budgetary position since its last session, which had been achieved through a number of measures including the financial support provided by the IMO in 2010 and 2011; the restructuring of academic programmes; significant cost-saving and income-generating activities by the University itself; and additional donations from governments and industry.The Board noted that, as had been the case since the University's inception, the longer term financial outlook was, however, challenging and ...

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Philippines makes first bid for the secretary-generalship of IMO

Diplomat Neil Frank Ferrer has been the Philippine representative to the IMO over the past 12 years The Philippines, the biggest supplier of seamen in the world, is making its first bid for the secretary-generalship of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.Diplomat Neil Frank Ferrer, 42, the Filipino candidate, has been the Philippine representative to the IMO over the past 12 years and has served as chair of the powerful Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). He knows the ins and outs of the organization and has grown with the times under the IMO.The next IMO chief will need to keep an eye on the safety and security of maritime transport in the face of increased piracy. Environmental issues are also high on the agenda. Promoting the rights and welfare of seafarers is also the IMOs work.Ferrer holds a degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines. After passing the consular exams for young ambassadors and joining the foreign service, he took up his Masters of Science in Economics at the De La Salle University, and later ...

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List of Circulars approved by MSC 89

Including circulars MSC and STCW Circulars approved by Maritime Safety Committee MSC 89: 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 MSC.1/Circ.1392 Guidelines for evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systemsMSC.1/Circ.1393 Early application of new SOLAS regulation III/1.5MSC.1/Circ.1394 Generic guidelines for developing goal-based standardsMSC.1/Circ.1395 Lists of solid bulk cargoes for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system may be exempted or for which a fixed gas fire-extinguishing system is ineffectiveMSC.1/Circ.1396 Recommendations on the safe use of pesticides in ships applicable to the fumigation of cargo hold 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

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IMO issues guidelines for Flag States for the use of PCASP onboard ships in high risk area

MSC. 1/Circ. 1406 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 IMO has issued a circular, MSC. 1/Circ. 1406, regarding recommendations for flag states regarding the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP)on board ships in the high-risk area.The Circular should be read in conjunction with the related one regarding selection and employment of PCASP onboard vessels.To view the Circular, click here.Source : IMO

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MSC 89 – subjects that discussed

Held from 11 to 20 May 2010 The Maritime Safety Committee held its 89th session at the IMO Headquater, London, from 11 to 20 May 2010, under the chairmanship of Mr Neil Ferrer (Philippines).The session was attended by representatives from 108 Member States and 2 Associate Members. It was also attended by observers from 4 UN specialised agencies, 7 Inter-Governmental Organizations and 38 Non-Governmental Organizations with consultative status.It was the last session chaired by Mr Ferrer. Mr Christian Breinholt (Denmark) was elected as the next MSC Chairman.Amongst the subjects which were discussed, the following could be noted:Lifeboat Release and Retrivial Systems Amendments to the IMSBC Code Piracy and armed robbery against ships Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) Implementation of the Torremolinos fishing vessel safety ProtocolAdoption of amendments to the SOLAS Convention and other mandatory instrumentsLifeboat Release and Retrivial Systems (RRS) Several instruments addressing the safety and the improvement of Lifeboat Release and Retrivial Systems were adopted by the MSC as follows :Amendments to SOLAS regulation III/1, new paragraph 5 (Resolution MSC. 317(89)) Amendments to the LSA Code paragraph 4.4.7.6 (Resolution MSC. 320(89)) Amendments to the Revised recommendation on testing of life-saving appliances (resolution MSC.81(70)), as amended, (Resolution MSC. 321(89)) ...

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GL Group introduces Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan regulations

During GL Energy Efficiency Forum in Madrid The coming introduction of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) regulations was very much on the minds of the speakers and participants of Germanischer Lloyd's (GL) "Energy Efficiency for Existing Vessels" forum in Madrid. The SEEMP is one of a number of regulations and guidelines which will see the maritime industry squarely confront their impact on the environment and the measures they must take to reduce it.Among the almost fifty attendees, who took part in the forum on the 30th of May, were representatives from ship owners associations, engineering companies, the Spanish administration, and the Spanish navy. Also in attendance was the President of the Spanish Maritime cluster, Mr. Federico Esteve.Participants and speakers were welcomed by Mr. Manuel Carlier, Managing Director of ANAVE, the Spanish ship owners association. He noted the timely nature of the forum, given rising fuel prices, new regulations, and the potential future impact of SEEMP. He speculated that forthcoming regulations might directly target CO2 reduction by imposing a surcharge on fuel and therefore any outlays incurred in implementing energy saving measures would be amortised over a short period.Mr. Carlier also noted in his introduction that while ships have ...

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European Commission transposes IMO air emission rules into EU law

Clean air at sea promoting solutions for sustainable and competitive shipping 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EL X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The European Commission (EC) released the speech delivered by Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Environment regarding improving air quality.He reiterated the importance of transposing the into EU law as quickly as possible so as to provide a strong enforcement mechanismMaritime Stakeholder event "Clean air at sea promoting solutions for sustainable and competitive shipping"Brussels, 1st June 2011I'd like to thank you for the possibility of joining you today to discuss a subject that is high on my agenda and yours also. Since you will be hearing more on the forthcoming revision of the Sulphur Directive later, I want to use my time to get you up to speed on where we are with the EU's air policy, and on my programme for a comprehensive review by 2013.I want to remind you too that while reducing emissions from maritime shipping is of key importance, it is only one element in the wider air quality picture.Air quality policy in the EU has largely been a success story. Since the Nineties, we have reduced emissions from almost all relevant pollutants.Sulphur dioxide is down ...

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Hanjin Shipping upgrades its Supply Chain Carbon Calculator

Continuing efforts to seek new ways of reducing carbon footprint Hanjin Shipping announced that its Supply Chain Carbon Calculator, developed and introduced to the public back in December, 2009, has been upgraded recently.According to Hanjin Shipping, the former system was able to calculate only the amount of CO2 emissions from one location to another while the upgraded version can provide information by period, multiple destinations and Bill of Lading number.Hanjin Shipping comments, "We have noticed that our customers are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint in line with the industry-wide efforts to reduce CO2 emissions."The company added, "We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with transparent CO2 emissions data. This unique device will certainly benefit our customers as well as the shipping industry. We will also continue our efforts to seek new ways of reducing our carbon footprint."Meanwhile, Hanjin Shipping's Supply Chain Carbon Calculator has been created based on the company's vessel emission factors calculated according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) CO2 calculation methodology and verified by the world-renowned verifiers Det Norske Veritas (DNV)Source: Transportweekly

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