Jul 182010

When accidents happen, SOPEP is your friend says the fifth, and last, episode of Take 5 News Marpol reports available in the Premium library.

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Jun 202010

Spill, what spill?

MAC has commented before on the hazards of generic ‘safety’ documents from SMS to lifeboat manuals now wandering walruses have uncovered similar documents at BP, Exxon and Conocophillips in the Gulf of Mexico.

Each company’s oil response plans include protection of the walrus. Fortunately, the walrus is not merely a rare animal in the Gulf of Mexico, it is non-existent, as are several other species mentioned in the oil spill response plans.

Both Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson and Conocophillips CEO James Mulva confessed that the documents were ‘embarassing’. They certainly were.

All three companies purchased their oil spill response plans from the same company, The Response Group. In fact, five oil majors in total bought plans from The Response Group with, allegedly, 90 per cent identical content.

The term ‘money for old rope’ leaps to mind.

The Response Group’s motto is “Your ability to respondsis our shared responsibility”.

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May 312010

image North P&I club has launched a poster campaign to help its 375 member groups comply with the ever-changing requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships MARPOL.

Tony Baker, the club’s head of loss-prevention, says: “The International Maritime Organization’s marine environment protection committee continues to amend and extend the scope of MARPOL and the consequences of non-compliance are becoming increasingly severe.

“It is thus vital that shipowners and their crews are continually reminded of the importance of adhering to the regulations and avoiding all forms of environmental pollution risk”.

The first of North’s new series of Clean Seas posters, which has just been published, relates to MARPOL annex I – regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil – and highlights the procedures which should be followed during bunkering.

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From 10 May – Free Take Five Marpol Videos

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May 022010

imageAs an almost continuous stream of new reports about companies being fined and seafarers and company executives facing jail for illicit oil discharges show, the message is taking a long time to sink in. The chances of getting caught and seriously whacked for illicit oil discharges are increasing around the world from the US to China to Europe.

On 10 May, 2010, MAC released the first of a series of five videos related to Marpol Annex 1. Each video is in a ‘TV News’ format which provides an immediacy often missing from more traditional approaches and creates an effective learning environment.

The objective of the videos is to bring home the benefits of doing things right, and the serious hazards of doing them wrong, the Marpol regulations, the dangers of magic pipes, the need for OWS maintenance, SOPEP and, of course, the critical need for oil record books to be accurate, truthful and up-to-date.

Starting 10 May the five five-minute videos will be released at ten day intervals and will be free to Maritime Accident Casebook premium subscribers.

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Dec 042007

Five Egyptians die in Nile river cruise ship fire
Reuters South Africa – Johannesburg,South Africa
The accident occurred shortly after an Italian tourist was lightly injured when a charter plane bound for the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm 

Bauxite carrier runs aground in Gladstone Harbour
Courier Mail – Australia
It is feared the grounding might cause the port to be closed for days. Early indications are that a large ocean-going tug from Sydney might be needed to 


VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the federal government has successfully prosecuted the Motor Vessel Andre, a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier for spilling over 7,500 litres of oil into Vancouver Harbour. The pollution incident occurred on July 4, 2006 while the vessel was bunkering fuel oil at anchorage in the Port of Vancouver.

EC – reasoned opinions regarding port security The European Commission (EC) issued a press release stating that it is sending reasoned opinions to Estonia, Malta, Spain, and the United Kingdom for failing to transpose the European rules on enhancing port security into their national law. (11/30/07).

Bunker Convention to Enter Force in ’08

Posted 12/03/07 at 10:48 AM

Pollution damage from fuel oil carried on ships will be covered in 2008 with entry into force of international bunkers liability and compensation convention The last significant gap in the international regime for compensating victims of oil spills from ships is set to be closed, with the entry into force on 21 November 2008 of an international.

Customs expanding cargo risk analysis

Official says agency’s participation in Security Filing Initiative and the Import Safety Action Plan underscores its efforts to leverage its resources through risk-based assessments.