Latest Maritime News and Events

Panama Canal celebrates 102nd anniversary

The Panama Canal celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its 100th transit through the Expanded waterway on August 15th. The two milestones punctuate a year for the Canal which has already been marked by a number of notable achievements. Less than two months following the Expanded Canal’s historic… Read more →

New EQUASIS MoU signed

EMSA informs that the Equasis Memorandum of Understanding has been extended to cover environmental data on individual ships and operators at a signing ceremony held at IMO on 6 July which marked the 15 years of promoting ship safety and quality. All IMO member states, Equasis data providers and the nine contributing maritime authorities attended this ceremony, organised by France… Read more →

EMSA issues review on Seafarer Statistics

EMSA has conducted a statistical review providing a snapshot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2014.The review is based on data registered by EU member states and recorded in EMSA’s STCW Information System (STCW IS). The data shows that 161 419 masters and officers hold valid certificates of competency… Read more →

Riyadh MOU announced C.I.C on Pilot Transfer Arrangements

Riyadh MOU has announced it will be launching a concentrated inspection campaign (C.I.C) on pilot transfer arrangements, to run from 1-September-2016, to 30-November- 2016. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that ships comply with the requirements for pilot transfer arrangements detailed in the Annex to IMO Resolution A.1045(27); for example, the condition of the ladder and ropes and… Read more →

Algeria ratifies the MLC

Algeria has become the 79th state to ratify the the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), which sets out minimum international standards for the working and living conditions of seafarers on board ships. Algeria is estimated to supply 1,137 of the world’s seafarers, and it has a merchant fleet of 138 ships totalling 747,500 gross tonnage. The… Read more →

Panama Maritime Authority reissues Minimum Safe Manning Certificates

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued Merchant Marine Circular on the principles of Minimum Safe Manning Certificate of a ship due to STCW amendments. Specifically, this Merchant Marine Circular supersedes MMC. No. 21, 43, 65 and 73. Taking into account the great volume of Minimum Safe Manning Certificates that are going to be re-issued, Panama Canal Authority strongly recommends, in order to avoid… Read more →

IRClass receives recognition from European Union 10 August 2016

The European Commission has adopted a decision granting recognition to the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 391/2009 of the European Parliament. With this, IRClass joins the elite group of classification societies recognized by the EU. This recognition confirms IRClass as meeting the stringent EU requirements and having a performant and well-established quality system in… Read more →

Hong Kong promulgates MSC resolutions and SOLAS amendments

The Hong Kong Shipping Registry has issued Shipping Information Note with the purpose to promulgate IMO MSC resolutions and to advise the parties concerned of the new chapter XIV, the amendments to chapters II-1, II-2 and Appendix of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 and its Protocol 1978 and Protocol 1988 which will enter into force on 1 January 2017…. Read more →

TSIB takes over from MPA the role of conducting safety investigations

MPA Singapore has announced that the TSIB will conduct investigations into air and marine accidents and incidents, independently of and separately from any judicial or regulatory proceedings, and make recommendations to enhance the safety of air and sea transport. Indeed, the sole objective of TSIB’s investigations is the prevention of further accidents and incidents; they are not for the purposes of apportioning blame or liability…. Read more →

ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL software

ClassNK has released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.3.5.0., developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers. In addition to improved overall performance and usability, the design evaluation function for the prescriptive calculation software now has a wider scope and additional functions such as an evaluation function for… Read more →