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Monday, September 25, 2017

IMO for Spreading Cyber Security

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Cyber security awareness on board ships plays an important role in ensuring the safety and security of shipping around the globe. International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management, in addition to a resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems – adopted by the Organization's Maritime Safety Committee in June this year. To help spread knowledge and use of these high-level recommendations – IMO has taken…

SAR is Global Responsibility: IMO

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

​Search and rescue (SAR) is a humanitarian process, aimed at assisting persons in distress, without regard to the nationality or circumstances of the persons in distress. International Maritime Organization (IMO) 's Chris Trelawny highlighted this global responsibility, during the first Coast Guard Global Summit, jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, in Tokyo (14 September). He also outlined the international legal framework for SAR; the implementation of effective SAR systems…

AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016. The election was conducted on 11 June, 2015 during the 95th session of MSC at the IMO’s headquarters in London. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) senior technical body on safety-related matters, and the appointment is a major achievement in the maritime industry.

Green Lights on Singapore Strait TSS Crossing

Singapore Strait Western Part: Image credit Br. Admiralty

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted an earlier recommendation that ships display 3 all-round green lights when crossing the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The night signals identify these vessels crossing the TSS during hours of darkness which will allow other vessels in the appropriate lanes to take actions if required, thereby enhancing navigational safety. The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-first session in Nov 2012, in accordance with the provisions of resolution A.858(20)…

Transas Survival Craft Simulator Eliminates Drill Risks

Photo: Transas

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the multitude of possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills, aiming to address one of the most notorious sources of accidents in shipping without exposing personnel to physical danger. Effective survival craft training is essential to prepare crew for a disaster at sea but practical lifeboat drills have a troubling track record for causing fatalities. By shifting some elements of training to a simulated environment…

Piracy & Passenger Safety High on IMO Committee Agenda

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Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. A High-Level Segment will be held on the opening day (16 May), intended to provide an opportunity for a full policy debate among Member Governments on how the international community should deal with issues…

IMO Code of Practice for Atmospheric Oil Mist Detectors

The IMO released a Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Circular entitled Code of Practice for Atmospheric Oil Mist Detectors

IMO to Review MSDS Regulations After IBIA Intervention

THE International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has presented a paper to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) advising that current proposals relating to the mandatory supply and carriage of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in connection with MARPOL Annex 1 cargoes and marine fuel oils are severely flawed and unworkable. And the Maritime Safety Committee, at the MSC82 meeting in Istanbul in early December, has agreed to “take into account” IBIA’s comments when adopting a draft resolution, covering MSDS, to SOLAS regulation V1/5-1. IBIA did not object at MSC82 to the current proposal being sent to the eleventh meeting of the MSC’s Bulk Liquids & Gases (BLG) subcommittee for review and subsequent presentation to MSC83 for adoption.

MARAD Issues Report

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its quarterly Report on Port and Shipping Safety and Environmental Protection dated July 2002. The report reviews such maritime developments as the recent meetings of the IMO Legal Committee and Maritime Safety Committee, as well as the proposed EPA rule regarding emission standards for certain new marine diesel engines. Source: HK Law

RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards

The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) confirmed at its 96th session held in London from May 11-20, 2016. The amendments in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74/78) regulation II-1/3-10, introducing GBS, were adopted in 2010. The amendments enter into force on July 1, 2016 set for application to oil tankers and bulk carriers contracted for construction on or after this date. The goal-based standards include a set of functional requirements for the ships throughout their service life, from designing to recycling.

ICS Names Cresswell Marine Committee Chairman

Martin Cresswell (Photo: ICS)

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has appointed Martin Cresswell, Technical Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, as the new Chairman of the ICS Marine Committee. He succeeds Peter Bond (Cyprus Shipping Chamber) who recently stood down following four years of service as Chairman of ICS’s principal technical committee. “The Marine Committee is very much the engine room of ICS, overseeing the work of the many ICS technical committees and the development of policy positions which we represent at IMO meetings…

IMO Approve New Safety Regulations for Polar Navigation

Arctic Navigation: Image DMA

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) informs that the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding.

Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) was reviewed by the IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR). The application will now proceed to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its next meeting in November, before advancing to a group of experts for comprehensive technical and operational evaluation. The delegates stated support for the United States position to advance Iridium's application to the next stage for evaluation. Final approval will be up to the Maritime Safety Committee, following review of the experts' report by NCSR, which is expected by mid-2016.

Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions

United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just approved global binding regulations intending to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas. This means, inter alia, new requirements for passenger ships. Following several years of intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today approved a new set of regulations on navigation in Arctic waters. Thus, the IMO has today taken a decisive step towards making the so-called Polar Code internationally binding.

Ship Safety Core of IMO Sec-Gen's New Year Address

MO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and SDC Chairman 

Speaking at the first meeting of the newly-formed IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization in year 2014. Mr. Sekimizu recalled that he was speaking on the day of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the first ever Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), which was a direct response to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Vessel Tracking on IMO Agenda

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is scheduled to take place on May 10 through May 19. Long-range identification and tracking of ships on agenda. MSC will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions, development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and passenger ship safety.

IMO: Piracy Up 4%

The IMO issued a Maritime Safety Committee circular providing the annual report for 2002 of reports on acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. The number of such acts reported to the IMO during 2002 was 383, an increase of 4% over the figure for 2001. The most affected area was the Far East, with 140 incidents reported in the South China Sea alone. MSC.4/Circ.32 http://www.imo.org/includes/blastDataOnly.asp/data_id=7215/32-b&w.pdf (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight “Maritime Items”)

Revised Standards for Ship Security Alert systems

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular to its shipowners advising them that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recently revised the performance standards for a ship security alert system. Marine Circular No. 23 of 2003 Source: HK Law

IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks

Image courtesy IMO

At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines on risk management. An important point of the guidelines is that potential attacks will not be aimed merely at traditional computer systems, but will also to a high degree focus on control and steering systems for, for example, navigation, machinery, communication, etc.

U.S. Shipping Coordinating Committee - Meetings

The U.S. of State, will conduct two meetings in Washington, DC. Safety Committee. safety, bulk carrier safety, and measures to enhance maritime security. Conference on Maritime Security to be held in London on December 9-13, 2002. (SLF). provisions and large passenger vessel safety.

Passenger ship safety recommendations agreed by IMO’s MSC

Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. The MSC adopted a resolution, which invites Member States to recommend that passenger ship companies conduct a review of operational safety measures, to ships flying their flag, on a voluntary basis and “with all possible urgency and efficiency”, taking into consideration the recommended interim operational measures listed in an MSC circular. • limiting access to the bridge to those with operational or operationally related functions…

Cruise Industry Welcomes Latest IMO Safety Recommendations

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) & the European Cruise Council (ECC) applaud new IMO safety measures. Both CLIA & ECC are pleased with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) decision to approve incorporation of the cruise industry's recommendation for the mandatory muster of passengers prior to departure from port in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). This anticipated regulatory change would be incorporated in SOLAS, which provides comprehensive mandates on safety equipment and procedures for ships. The global cruise industry had already announced this measure with immediate effect on February 9, 2012, as part of the Global Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review that was launched in January.

RINA creates Giuliano Pattofatto scholarship

chairman of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee, who died last year. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a final year student in Naval Architecture at the University of Genoa. It will fund an internship at the International Maritime Organisation, to allow the student to understand the processes of international ship safety regulation. IMO's secretary general, William O'Neil, says, "I whole-heartedly welcome this scholarship. Gaspare Ciliberti, president of RINA, says, "Giuliano devoted his life to enhancing international co-operation to improve safety at sea. in 1966. In the same year, he joined RINA where he rose to be deputy director general and technical director. ship safety. from 1994 until 1999.

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