Loll is no LOL Matter Warns NEPIA

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Jan 232011

Poorly conducted ballast water exchange almost resulted in the loss of the Cougar Ace in 2006

North P&I club has warned shipowners to take great care when attempting to comply with ballast-water rules by exchanging ballast water at sea. The club says in the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter Signals that without a meticulously prepared and implemented procedure for ballast water exchange, ships face a serious risk of a loss of stability.

According to risk management executive, Simon MacLeod, “The 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BMW Convention) needs to be ratified by just three more states with 10% of world tonnage, but many countries have already introduced their own regional mandatory ballast-water requirements – many of which are based on IMO guidelines.”

The new regulations are designed to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful marine organisms by shipping, and one of the most common ways of complying is to exchange ballast water on passage. “However, this can pose significant stability risks if a proper plan is not developed and rigorously followed on board,” says MacLeod. Continue reading »

Masters of the Alien Invasion – And Another One Bites The Dust

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Aug 032009

He knew it was wrong, he knew it was illegal, he knew he was threatening the only home human beings have yet he wenton and did it. Georgios Stamou, the chief engineer of the M/V Theotokos, pleaded guilty in US District Court in New Orleans to one felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and one felony violation for making a false statement . He is the third crewmember to plead guilty to crimes related to pollution from Theotokos while on the high seas. Continue reading »

Master Of The Alien Invasion

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Jul 162009

Chief Officer Charles P. Posas, has scored a dubious first in legal history. He is the first person to be charged with a violation of the US Anti-Invasive Species Law in addition to two felony counts of lying to the Coast Guard and violating recordkeeping laws. His superior, Captain Panagiotis Lekkas, is charged with violating anti-pollution laws, ship safety laws and obstructing a US Coast Guard investigation. Both have pleaded guilty in a Federal court in New Orleans, sentencing for both officers defendants is set for 14 October, 2009.

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