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SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) consolidated 2014 released from IMO

Charles Hays | Mon, Nov 17, 2014, 03:11 PM EST

The recent release of SOLAS Consolidated, 2014 edition from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) marks a new  chapter in the evolution of safety regulations for the international maritime community. SOLAS 2014 edition is complied to provide a simple reference to SOLAS requirements, contain a consolidated text of the 1974 SOLAS...

Regulations, Safety

What's new in the International Safety Management (ISM) Code 2014 edition

Charles Hays | Fri, Aug 29, 2014, 01:08 PM EDT

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code 2014 edition was released on June 23, 2014 by the International Maritime Organization. It replaces its 2010 version counterpart.   What's it for?   Since entry into force in 1998, the International Safety Management  (ISM) Code's mission has been to address concerns over poor management...

Environment, Homepage, Regulations, Safety

Religion, politics and inner packaging

Tim Gossett | Thu, Jul 11, 2013, 04:07 PM EDT

This article was originally published in the June 2013 edition of the Hazardous Cargo Bulletin. It has been reproduced here, and at existec.com. Some topics are best avoided in a conversation among friends. When those ‘friends’ are deepsea container lines and their shipper clients, a conversation on inner packaging can...

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

All about the IMSBC Code

Tim Gossett | Fri, Jun 15, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

IMO will soon be publishing the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code and Supplement, 2012 Edition, incorporating Amendment 01-11 (IMSBC Code 2012). This update to the original IMSBC Code 2009 is already available for use, in spite of the lack of a published hardcopy. IMSBC Code 2012 will replace IMSBC...

All About, Cargoes, 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 Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling

Tim Gossett | Fri, May 25, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

IMO has published Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species (Ships' Biofouling), 2012 Edition. What’s it for? The introduction of harmful aquatic organisms to new environments by ships has been identified as a major threat to the world’s oceans and...

Environment, Regulations