As part of its efforts to improve the way its treaties and conventions are implemented at a national level, the IMO offered an intensive 5-day workshop for lawyers and legislative drafters at IMO Headquarters, on 1-5 October, to provide them with the tools they need to understand the treaties.
Liberia Maritime Authority issued a document to assist Masters on their responsibilities under Liberian Law and provide guidance to ensure a positive PSC inspection. Under Liberian Regulation 2.35, it is the responsibility of owners and masters to ensure compliance with all applicable international conventions.
The shipping industry is characterized by a great deal of scepticism and is too slow in gearing up to face the cyber risk and deal with the forthcoming regulatory changes around cyber, said Philp Roche, partner of Norton Rose Fulbright in a recent interview posted on the law firm’s website.
According to ILO, about 40.3 million people at any given time globally are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour. Shipping makes no exemption with several such cases highlighted over the recent years. Norton Rose law firm provides an insight on the aspects of modern slavery in the maritime.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 147-foot yacht Golden Touch II with 47 people onboard near Nixon Beach, on Sunday August 19. This came after USCG discovered a number of safety issues, including carrying more paying passengers than they were certified to carry onboard the vessel.
In a bid to respond to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community, the Republic of Liberia amended its maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As such, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters.
On 10 July, Jamaica’s House of Representatives passed the Ballast Water Management Bill, which is aimed at protecting Jamaica’s marine environment, by implementing measures to prevent ships from introducing foreign aquatic species when entering domestic waters.
USCG announced that it is starting operations to stop boats illegally taking passengers for hire in Northern Minnesota and Western Lake Superior waters. 50% of stopped vessels, during a similar operation last summer in the vicinity of Chicago, were operating illegally on Lake Michigan.
IMO awarded the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea to Zhong Haifeng. Mr. Zhong is a rescue diver from China who made a series of underwater dives to rescue three people, when the cargo ship ‘MV Jin Ze Lun’ sank after colliding with another ship in Guangzhou Port, China, in the early morning of 27 November 2017.
The International Maritime Prize for 2017 is to be awarded to Mrs. Birgit Sølling Olsen, former Deputy Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority, for her contribution to the work and objectives of IMO and to the international maritime community, IMO informed.
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