The Indian Ocean MoU issued a list of foreign ships which are currently banned by its Member Authorities. The bans involve two ships in Australia, three in Iran, and one in Myanmar.
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS) announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to transition key elements of EBIS into OCIMF’s SIRE programme with the vision that a single barge inspection scheme within the inland European region will be achieved.
A recently-published booklet by the UK P&I Club seeks to guide to the controls and key points that the Club’s Risk Assessors look for when inspecting a vessel. The checklist aims to help operators carry out a similar check on the Threats and Controls and make sure the vessel has a good risk profile.
Certification during the COVID-19 pandemic is a procedure not to be missed according to NBKB. It is stated that although a company is yet not fined, and the insurance coverage remains an unclear path, it is important to continue your certification in a timely manner.
USCG issued its 2019 Flag State Control Domestic Annual Report, summarizing statistics regarding inspections and enforcement of regulations on US-flagged vessels. The number of vessel inspections increased by 1,423 and the average number of deficiencies identified per inspection increased from 1.26 to 1.48 in 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forcefully shown the importance of digitalization and new technologies within the shipping industry, with remote surveys already taking place. Yet, as the industry is now entering the digital world, the challenges are obvious, forcing the maritime sector to rapidly adapt to the smart era.
The US Coast Guard reminds mariners and companies that they conduct recurrent inspections and also issued guidance to address emergency preparedness.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the APL England in the Port of Brisbane on May 27, ass the inspection revealed that the lashing of the cargo was heavily corroded.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, several ship assessors are making virtual inspections of oil tankers, in order to keep vessels afloat and continue their operations, as Reuters reported.
Indian Ocean MoU issued its annual PSC report, noting an increase in total number of inspections in 2019, compared with 2018. The number of detentions, detention rate and the number of underperforming ships have started to decrease in 2019.
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