The Mariner's Blog

New Ships' Routeing 2015 edition published by IMO

Charles Hays | Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 11:09 AM EDT

  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) published Ships' Routeing 2015 edition and is now available. Ships' Routeing 2015 edition renders obsolete its previous 2013 edition.     What's it for? Ships' Routeing establishes an international and mandatory systematic way for ships to follow predetermined routes to avoid hazards to navigation at sea.  Navigation hazards include...

Maritime Safety, Navigation, Regulations

New IHO S-52 ECDIS Standards: What does it mean for electronic navigation charts & ECDIS?

Charles Hays | Fri, Aug 07, 2015, 03:08 PM EDT

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has well documented mandatory carriage of ECDIS for SOLAS class vessels, but new technical standards for ECDIS are coming soon.   While accurate and reliable nautical chart information is presented by trained cartographers, the portrayal of electronic navigation charts (ENCs) on an ECDIS screen is...

Digital Navigation, ECDIS

USCG Exam Study Materials

Charles Hays | Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT

 Deck Guide for Permitted Materials in the USCG Exam Room   United States Coast Guard Deck Exam Mariners seeking USCG deck certification are required to complete the USCG deck exam, in addition to service at sea, hands-on training and successful demonstration of applicable skills. Deck officer endorsements that are required...

Education, USCG

Admiralty Digital List of Radio Signals, Vol. 1,3,4,5 now available as part of the Admiralty Digital Publications portfolio

Charles Hays | Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 08:06 AM EDT

  The Admiralty Digital List of Radio Signals (ARDS) Volume 1,3,4,5 is now available for mariners who are mandated to comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements. This Admiralty Digital Publication (ADP) product is a must-have addition for the crews of all sea-going vessels who are making...


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

ECDIS, Vector Charts, & Raster Charts

Charles Hays | Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 12:02 PM EST

ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information System) & official chart requirements SOLAS requires certain ships to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) provisions defined in the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS,) together with its amendments.   IMO SOLAS V/19 outlines requirements for the types of...

ECDIS, Raster Charts, Vector Charts

What's new in the IMDG Code 37-14 edition

Charles Hays | Tue, Jan 13, 2015, 02:01 PM EST

    Important New Regulations For Radioactive Dangerous Goods: IMDG Amendment 37-14 Shippers and ocean carriers of radioactive goods should be aware of the new International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code changes implemented in the 2014 edition. Those involved in the shipment and transport of Class 7 goods must be aware...

Cargoes, Hazmat, IMDG, Regulations

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 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