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Paris MoU releases CIC results on MLC

Image Credit: Paris MoU The Paris MoU has released a report including the results of its latest CIC which focused on compliance with  MLC requirements. The campaign was carried out between 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2016 where a total of 3,674 inspections were carried out and a  total of 42 ships were detained. Principal grounds for detention were linked… Read more →

CIC Questionnaire on Safety of Navigation is now available

Paris MoU has released the  questionnaire for the forthcoming CIC on safety of navigation in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations. The Paris MoU will conduct the CIC… Read more →

USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs

  The US Coast Guard has announced that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal. Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide and will be frequently… Read more →

BWM Rules Threaten Small-Sized Ships

An amended implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 biological standard under the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) was tentatively accepted at the 71st session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). The MEPC delayed the implementation schedule for existing ships to comply with the Convention, which aims to stem the transfer of potentially invasive species in… Read more →

Why investment in training is important?

DNV GL recently performed a survey on maritime safety in four different regions: Greece, Middle East, Norway and Germany. The results reflected the industry’s focus on safety and presented direction on how to improve safety at sea. The main conclusion of the survey is that the crew is the key and that to improve safety at sea the shipping community… Read more →

USCG updates electronic chart policy

Image hereabove is used for illustration purposes only The U.S. Coast Guard announced an update to its navigation guidance for the use of electronic charts in lieu of paper charts and publications. The updated version of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16 identifies voluntary acceptable equivalencies to paper charts and publications, as well as position fixing and plotting requirements under US… Read more →

Third ship detained in Paris MoU region in last three years

Credit: Paris MoU On 6 July 2017, the “ACORUS” vessel was detained in Port of Asprogirpos, Greece, according to Paris MoU. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Moldova Republic, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB (white-grey-black) list. Therefore, under the provisions of section… Read more →

Everything You Need to Know About EU MRV Compliance

By Tobias Konick, CEO, First Choice Carbon 2017-07-17 16:54:17 With less than two months to go until the first compliance deadline, getting ready for the new EU regulations on monitoring, reporting and verification of fuel consumption (MRV Shipping) has become top priority for shipowners and managers with operations in European waters Participation in MRV Shipping is mandatory for merchant vessels above… Read more →

Preparing for Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2017

As the Port State Control’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CIC) on Safety of Navigation and Life Saving Appliances will start on 1 September 2017, DNV GL summarizes considerations on how to prepare for the upcoming inspections. CICs are periodical inspections that focus on a specific topic and are carried out during routine PSC inspections with an additional checklist for a period… Read more →

Paris MoU Records Increase in Bans

By MarEx 2017-07-13 19:25:31 The Paris MoU has released its full annual report for 2016 highlighting a large increase in bans within the region: 20 bans compared to 11 in 2015. The detention rate has also increased from 3.4 to 3.8 percent. The number of detainable deficiencies has increased 7.3 percent compared to 2015. In 2016, the top five detention… Read more →