Plugging a ship into shore-side power and turning off onboard generators is one solution to reduce air pollution from ships, as well as limit local noise. For this reason, IMO will examine safety aspects of on shore power supply to ships, also known as “cold ironing”, “alternative maritime power” and “shore-side electricity”.
The Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation was carried out in the Tokyo Ocean MOU region between 1st September 2017 and 30th November 2017, to verify key points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships.
The Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation including ECDIS was carried out in the Indian Ocean MOU region between 1st September 2017 and 30th November 2017, to verify that there is compliance with the applicable requirement of SOLAS Conventions, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew.
During the IMO SDC 5, held on 22-23 January, amendments to SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-8 and supporting guidelines for safe mooring operations were discussed among other issues. The Sub-Committee agreed to these draft amendments, with a view to submission to MSC 101 for approval. The draft amendments will be forwarded to MSC once the various Guidelines have been finalized.
The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction, chaired by Mr. Kevin Hunter, held its fifth session from 22 to 26 January 2018. Important items discussed such as amendments to SOLAS Regulation with respect to safe mooring for all ships as well as safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages.
According to SOLAS, a passenger ship must have a plan on board for cooperation with the appropriate SAR services in event of an emergency. Rreview, updating, and auditing of the SAR cooperation plan should be conducted as part of the safety management system required by the ISM Code.
The IMO should amend the SOLAS Regulation banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials in ships, argues John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. In this way, IMO could institute a more manageable procedure that would contribute to securing the safety of seafarers.
The Maritime Safety Committee, during its ninety-fifth session, confirmed that there was no need to amend International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea regulation II-1/11 or to develop any associated guidelines, as the safety level is sufficient.
In its latest issue of “Phish & Ships”, Be Cyber Aware at sea, touches upon the issue of cyber security. It presents thoughts of of industry leaders, as well as advice and new guidance on how to deal with maritime cyber risks.
Almost two thirds of global marine industry executives believe there is uncertainty surrounding liability issues relating to unmanned ships should a vessel be involved in an incident as a result of a cyber-attack, according to a new report from global law firm Clyde & Co and IMarEST.
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