The Mariner's Blog

  • Nov 17, 2014
  • Charles Hays
SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) consolidated 2014 released from IMO

The recent release of SOLAS Consolidated, 2014 edition from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) marks a new  chapter in the evolution of...

  • Aug 29, 2014
  • Charles Hays
What's new in the International Safety Management (ISM) Code 2014 edition

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code 2014 edition was released on June 23, 2014 by the International Maritime Organization. It replaces i...

  • Jul 11, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
Religion, politics and inner packaging

Some topics are best avoided in a conversation among friends. When those ‘friends’ are deepsea container lines and their shipper client...

  • May 30, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
IMDG Code e-Learning and Future Plans Discussed at IMDG/ADR Event

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...

  • Mar 13, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
Estimates of Global Shipping's Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions to be Updated

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 shipp...

  • Feb 27, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
USCG Policy Letter provides guidance for revised MARPOL Annex V

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 Ship...

  • Feb 1, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
IMO and Others: "Solution to Piracy Comes from Within Somalia"

IMO together with a number of industry bodies (ICS, BIMCO, OCIMF, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, IPTA, and ISF) remain convinced that the only long-term ...

  • Jan 25, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
IMO's Koji Sekimizu Announces 2013 Maritime Day Theme

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has announced the theme of this year's Maritime Day: "Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond ...

  • Jan 18, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
Head of IMO Names Safety at Sea and Combating Piracy as Top Goals

At the start of 2013, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that halving lives lost at sea, eradicating pirate attacks, and ensuring the releas...

  • Jan 11, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
New Requirements for Lifeboat Safety in 2013

Amendments were adopted for the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in May 2011 to reduce the liklihood of accidents du...

  • Jan 3, 2013
  • Tim Gossett
New Pollution Regulations Take Effect

In July 2011, amendments were adopted for the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to require more engery ...

  • Dec 17, 2012
  • Tim Gossett
What’s new in IMDG Code Amendment 36-12 (2012 Edition)

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted resolution MSC.328(90), which finalized Amendment 36 to the IMDG Code. There are new UN Numbers up ...