MSC 88: Some You Win, Some You Lose, Some You Just Wait For

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Dec 032010

imageDenmark’s Maritime Authority has issued a summary of the ups and downs of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee this past week. As usual, lifeboats were put on the back-burner.

Ship reporting system for the Sound

The Committee approved the proposal submitted by Denmark and Sweden on a ship reporting system, SOUNDREP, for the Sound. The approval means that the current voluntary reporting system is made mandatory from 1 September 2011. In connection with the reporting system, the Danish and Swedish authorities cooperate on a vessel traffic service that, in addition to vessel traffic monitoring, may provide relevant information to ships navigating the Sound.

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New IMO Provision to Fight Fatigue

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Jun 292010

image Under what are already being termed the Manila Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, watchkeeping officers and those whose duties involve designated safety, prevention of pollution and security duties are required to be provided with a minimum of 10 hours of rest in any 24 hour period and 77 hours in any 7 days.

The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length, and the intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.

Inevitably there are exceptions “to ensure a continued safe operation of ships in exceptional conditions”. Under these conditions the rest period may not be less than 70 hours in a seven day period and the exceptional arrangements must not last for more than two consecutive weeks. Intervals between exceptions may not be less than twice the duration of the exception. In addition: Continue reading »

IMO on Lifeboat Safety – Will They Get It Right This Time?

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Mar 072010

image Good news on lifeboat safety, a potential conflict of terms over the past two decades, comes in dribs and drabs but movement, while glacial, there appears to be. In late February the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment agreed on draft guidelines to ensure release mechanisms for lifeboats are replaced with those complying with new, stricter safety standards.

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ISM 2010 Now Out

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Feb 232010


Now available from IMO is the 2010 edition of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, which includes all related guidelines and consolidates all amendments to the code adopted since the last edition was published in 2002.

The 2010 edition is an essential reference for maritime administrations, ship manufacturers, owners and operators, shipping companies, academia, engine and equipment manufacturers and others with an interest in ensuring safety at sea and avoidance of damage to the environment and includes:

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Fair Treatment Update

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Feb 052010


IMO Information Sheet No. 20 on information resources on the fair treatment of seafarers has been updated. It includes a wide range of materials covering  abandonment, personal injury to or death of
seafarers; criminalisation of seafarers in the event of maritime accidents including pollution incidents and shore leave for seafarers from a variety of sources and with internet links to available material.

Download a copy here