Current Awareness Bulletin from the IMO Knowledge Centre is now available with a round-up of news and publications for the month of June 2012 at: http://www.imo.org/
Another way to check for the latest bulletin is to go to IMO home page: http://www.imo.org/
then click on Knowledge Centre (top right tab), then Current Awareness Bulletin (from the left column)
Most of us fall into one of three group: Those who personally cannot afford to subscribe to every publication we should be reading; those whose companies cannot or will not subscribe to every publication we should be reading and, finally those who do not fall into the first two groups but do not have the time to read everything they should be reading.
That is why MAC subscribed to the IMO knowledge centre’s Current Awareness Bulletin. The latest issue is now online here. It covers what has been published in snippet form. A good way to know what’s been going on.
Last week’s IMO sub-committee on ship design and equipment, DE 55, held at the International Maritime Organization’s Headquarters in London appears to have seen so uncharateristic forward motion on the issue of lifboat hooks, according o a report from BIMCO.
DE deals with life saving appliances, Polar Code, noise onboard ships, coating and corrosion protection, steel structures and pollution prevention. DE will be reporting to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).
Says the BIMCO report regarding efforts to make lifeboats safer for seafarers: “At MSC 88 held in November 2010, BIMCO, amongst all other relevant shipping industry organisations, expressed severe concern about limiting the design review assessment of lifeboat release mechanisms only to focus on wear rates, as other factors contributing to release mechanism failures might not be sufficiently considered. The concern expressed by industry led IMO to reconvene an inter-sessional working group that met prior to DE 55.
Denmark’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.
Denmark’s Maritime Authority says that the recent round of negotiations on CO2 emissions at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s 61st session were “lengthy and difficult. A number of countries tried to have some of the committee’s previous decisions in this field overturned, however without any success. But this made any progress in developing specific regulatory measures difficult.
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:
Philippine’s Marina Industry Authority has put up the official website for the IMO international diplomatic conference scheduled for 21-25 June 2010.
As an aside, MAC would like to hear from anyone who may be attending and if there are questions about the Philippines he’ll be glad to answer them.
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.