From IMO

Often during a Port State Control (PSC) problems arise regarding the certificates a seafarer has to show. Especially training on ECDIS as well as certification of electricians is an ongoing issue. This is now clarified by IMO through a newly released circular.

IMO reviews GMDSS

The review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS) continues this week at the fourth session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (6-10 March).

According to a Wood Mackenzie study, global bunker fuel costs could rise by up to US$60 billion annually from 2020, in a full compliance scenario, when the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5 wt% sulphur cap for bunker fuels kicks in.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering the Guidelines for Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738).

IMO announced that preparations are underway in New York ahead of June’s UN Oceans Conference, which is focused on achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: ‘Life Below Water’. As an estimated 40% of the world’s oceans are being badly affected by unsustainable practices, Goal 14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

IMO has issued guidance addressing the location of onboard fuel sampling points and the handling of samples for the testing of sulphur content for MARPOL Annex VI compliance. IMO recommends the use of designated sampling points, as agreed with the vessel’s Flag State. If there are no designated sampling points, advice is given on selecting suitable sampling locations.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering the Guidelines for Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738).

The Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 4) is meeting at IMO Headquarters (30 January-3 February).Ways to enhance seafarer training by utilizing lessons learned from marine casualty investigations and how to prevent fatigue at sea are issues under discussion this week.

اطلع الدكتور عبدالله بن محمد بلحيف النعيمي وزير تطوير البنية التحتية رئيس مجلس إدارة الهيئة الاتحادية للمواصلات البرية والبحرية أمس على ملف ترشيح الدولة لعضوية المجلس التنفيذي في المنظمة البحرية الدولية.

Implementation of the 2020 0.50% sulphur limit
The Sub-Committee began work to ensure the effective implementation of the 2020 0.50% m/m sulphur limit, which was decided by MEPC 70.

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim has written to senior European officials expressing his concern that including shipping in the European Union’s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping on a global basis.

IMO MSC 97, which held from 21-25 November 2016, adopted Interim Recommendations on the safe carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages among others.

Capt. Antonio M. Padrón y Santiago, ‘IMO Maritime Ambassador’, and the Maritime Authority of Tenerife, have held a meeting with young students of a sailing course organised by the Royal Nautical Club of Tenerife.

On December 7, IMO signed an agreement with the technical body whose members undertake ship survey and certification duties on behalf of IMO Member States.

Weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years as a result of the IMO regulation on ballast water, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.

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