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Arctic voyage to give IMO Secretary-General first-hand insight on polar issues

An opportunity to discuss matters re Arctic navigation IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu will depart on Thursday 15 August, on a 5-day Arctic sea voyage as part of a fact-finding mission to the region.Mr. Sekimizu will be the guest of the Government of the Russia aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker50 Let Pobedy as she voyages on the Northern Sea Route that links Europe and northern Russia.The trip comes against a background of increasing interest within the global shipping community in utilizing the Northern Sea Route and other northern passages, as Arctic sea ice recedes and the navigation season becomes longer.During the voyage, Mr. Sekimizu will see, at first hand, the effects of climate change on the sea ice coverage, and assess how the facilities and infrastructure needed for Arctic navigation are being developed along the Siberian coastline of the Russian Federation.It will also provide an opportunity to discuss related matters such as the logistics and supplies required to support Arctic navigation, the need for special qualifications for ships' officers operating in the region and for the provision of adequate ice-breaking capability.The safety of ships operating in the harsh, remote and vulnerable polar areas and the protection of the pristine environments around the ...

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Intermanager on IMO Maritime Safety Committee , 91st Session

MSC 91 held in London, on 26-30 November 2012 The IMO's Committee on Maritime Safety (MSC) held its 91st session from Monday 26 through Friday 30 November 2012 under the Chairmanship of Mr Christian Breinholt (DENMARK) who, together with his Vice Chair (Captain Segar of SINGAPORE), were duty re-elected for a further year.Following a welcome address to participants by the Secretary General, UK made a statement on the ban of Falkland Islands hydrocarbon related vessels visiting Argentina and its unfair effect on ships' crews. Argentina responded that it has not violated its commitment and obeyed UNCLOS in addition to Port Regulations; this latter view was endorsed by Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.Three Working Groups were formed:(1) Goal-Based New Ship Construction Standards(2) Passenger Ship Safety(3) The scope of application of amendments to SOLAS and related codes and guidelines in an holistic mannerIn addition, a draft group gave 'Consideration and Adoption of Amendments to Mandatory Instruments' whilst a 'Capacity-Building Needs Analysis Group (ACAG)' also deliberated. The report of the Formal Safety Assessment Experts Group, which met during the week preceding MSC91, was also considered.So, a busy week lay in store and this was given further 'grist to ...

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IMO: Polar Code guidelines and standards under construction

Polar Code to set standards for ship construction and operation in polar waters The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is developing a mandatory Polar Code in order to set standards for ship construction and operation in polar waters, according to INTERTANKO's Technical Director, Dragos Rauta, who was at IMO this week.The Polar Code will be based on an existing set of IMO Guidelines, however, developing statutory language for polar waters is proving to be a difficult project and a date for its completion is not easy to predict.The Polar Code will be structured as:a) Polar Ship Certification andb) Polar Ship Operational ManualAgreement has yet to be reached on how to interlink the provisions of the new Polar Code to other relevant IMO Conventions and regulations.With regard to ship construction, it is suggested that ships navigating in polar waters would fall into different categories depending on their ice-strengthening and ability to sail in ice-covered waters. Ships trading in polar waters with ice concentration >10% and at risk of contact with both first-year ice and multi-year ice, will be strengthened according to Polar Class Rules of IACS.It is proposed that the Polar Water Operation Manual (PWOM) will contain general and specific information on ...

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