The Mariner's Blog articles tagged with “Industry News”

USCG releases new 46 CFR Subchapter M Final Rule: Inspection of Towing Vessels

Charles Hays | Tue, Aug 02, 2016, 02:08 PM EDT

  On June 20, 2016 the U.S. Coast Guard published in the Federal Register new towing vessel regulations that establish new requirements for the design, construction, on-board equipment, and operation of U.S. towing vessels.  The regulations were considered and developed by the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) with special input from the commercial...

Industry News, Regulations, USCG

What Shippers Need To Know About The SOLAS Gross Mass Weight Verification Requirement For Containers

Charles Hays | Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 07:11 PM EST

The Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-fourth session (MSC 94, November 2014) approved for adoption the draft amendments to SOLAS chapter VI to now require mandatory verification of gross mass weight of containers before loading onto vessels for transport. The Maritime Safety Committee also approved draft guidelines which are intended to provide a common approach...

Containers, Industry News, Maritime Safety, Regulations

IMO Publication Carriage Requirements On Board Vessels

Charles Hays | Wed, Mar 04, 2015, 12:03 PM EST

  Current International Maritime Organization (IMO) publication carriage requirements were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC,) held from May 10 to 19, 2006 and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC,) held from July 18 to 22, 2005, (See MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2) and are detailed in Required Publications below. The MSC and...

Industry News, Regulations

IMDG Code e-Learning and Future Plans Discussed at IMDG/ADR Event

Tim Gossett | Thu, May 30, 2013, 08:05 AM EDT

The Nautical Institute organized a one-day event in Kent, England, last November, held to discuss the IMDG/ADR interface. As HCB reports, the event developed into something of a face-off between shippers and carriers over container weighing. Below is an excerpt from HCB's coverage:   If problems exist, then training is...

Cargoes, Hazmat, Industry News, Regulations, Software

Estimates of Global Shipping's Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions to be Updated

Tim Gossett | Wed, Mar 13, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

A study by IMO concluded that about 2.7% of the global man-made emissions of CO2 in 2007—some 870 million tons—were emitted by international shipping. Experts meet for a workshop at IMO in London at the start of March to update the numbers from that study, which likely have been affected by the...

Environment, Industry News

USCG Policy Letter provides guidance for revised MARPOL Annex V

Tim Gossett | Wed, Feb 27, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

MARPOL Annex V deals with the prevention of garbage pollution by ships. The US implements MARPOL Annex V by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Regulations are provided in 33 CFR Part 151 to assist the regulated community in complying with the law. However, 33 CFR Part 151 has not been updated to...

Environment, Homepage, Industry News, Inspections, Popular, Regulations

IMO and Others: "Solution to Piracy Comes from Within Somalia"

Tim Gossett | Fri, Feb 01, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

IMO together with a number of industry bodies (ICS, BIMCO, OCIMF, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, IPTA, and ISF) remain convinced that the only long-term solution to piracy is to establish effective government and implement the rule of law ashore in Somalia. With that solution beyond the horizon, the group urges that anti-piracy...

Industry News, Safety

IMO's Koji Sekimizu Announces 2013 Maritime Day Theme

Tim Gossett | Fri, Jan 25, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has announced the theme of this year's Maritime Day: "Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20." The theme reflects IMO's push for efforts to ensure that the industry becomes greener and cleaner. Sekimizu named eight "pillars" that illsutrate this vision: safety culture and environmental stewardship energy efficiency new...

Environment, Industry News

Head of IMO Names Safety at Sea and Combating Piracy as Top Goals

Tim Gossett | Fri, Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

At the start of 2013, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that halving lives lost at sea, eradicating pirate attacks, and ensuring the release of all hostages should be goals for IMO and the shipping industry in the coming years. IMO has posted a briefing covering Sekimizu's remarks at IMO’s first meeting...

Industry News, Safety

New Requirements for Lifeboat Safety in 2013

Tim Gossett | Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

Amendments were adopted for the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in May 2011 to reduce the liklihood of accidents during lifeboat launching. Those amendments have taken effect as of January 1, 2013. IMO has posted a briefing describing these recent changes: SOLAS amendments on lifeboat safety...

Industry News, Regulations, Safety

New Pollution Regulations Take Effect

Tim Gossett | Thu, Jan 03, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

In July 2011, amendments were adopted for the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to require more engery efficiency, reduced emissions, and raised standards for the handling of sewage and garbage. Those amendments have taken effect as of January 1, 2013. IMO has posted a briefing...

Environment, Industry News, Regulations

What’s new in IMDG Code Amendment 36-12 (2012 Edition)

Tim Gossett | Mon, Dec 17, 2012, 02:12 PM EST

This article is based on the Overview of Changes distributed by IMO, and includes some additional clarification. IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its ninetieth session in May 2012, adopted resolution MSC.328(90), which finalized Amendment 36 to the IMDG Code. IMDG Code Amendment 36-12 is available for use starting January...

Cargoes, Hazmat, Industry News, Popular, Regulations

Port State Control, 2012 Edition

Tim Gossett | Fri, Jun 01, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

IMO has just published Procedures for Port State Control, 2012 Edition, which replaces the previous edition published in 2000. What’s it for? Port State Control involves the inspection of foreign ships in port areas to verify that the ship’s condition and operation comply with international regulations. It is the responsibility...

Industry News, Inspections, Popular, Regulations

IMO's New Guide to Maritime Security and the ISPS Code

Tim Gossett | Fri, May 18, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

IMO has just released a new publication: the Guide to Maritime Security and the ISPS Code, 2012. What’s it for? This Guide has been developed to consolidate existing IMO maritime security-related material into an easily-read companion guide to SOLAS chapter XI-2 (Special measures to enhance maritime security) and the ISPS...

Industry News

NGA Region 8 Limited

Tim Gossett | Thu, Mar 22, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

Customers looking to purchase NGA charts in region 8 (the South Pacific Islands) will find a considerably reduced selection of coverage available to be printed on demand. Region 8 is split into three sub-regions: 8-1, 8-2, and 8-3. Charts in subregion 8-1 (shown in green to the right) are still available,...

Cartography, Industry News