ICS Wants Certs By Year’s End

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Dec 232012
Hinchcliffe: “The issues are complex”

Hinchcliffe: “The issues are complex”

With just a few days left before 2012 is sent on its way into the history books the International Chamber of Shipping, ICS, has called on European Union maritime administrations to ensure that they are ready to issue passenger ships with the required insurance certificates to comply with the EU Passenger Liability Regulation, PLR. Otherwise, warns the chamber, cruise ships and passenger ferries, including non-EU vessels, may be unable to trade within EU waters.

Insurance certificates are required to be released by 31 December.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe says: “In close co-operation with the International Group of P&I Clubs, passenger ship operators have gone to great lengths to ensure that they can meet the new insurance requirements, including the need to obtain cover for terrorism and war risks.  It is now essential that EU Member States are ready to issue the required certificates and do this using a common approach.”

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Ouji Board Wands Still Used By Pemex/Mexican Navy Against Terrorists

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Sep 152011

Scientists and senators discuss the GT200

MAC has been informed that Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company, Pemex, and its navy continue to use discreditted ‘bomb detectors’ which use the same principle as the popular ‘ouiji board’ psychic game.  The Mexican navy refused to have the device examined or tested at a recent meeting between scientists and members of the country’s senate.

The device, the GT200, consists of a swivelling telescopic radio antenna on a hollow plastic grip and is one of a number of similar devices whose use has led to hundreds of deaths in Iraq and Thailand. In December 2008 Pemex bought five of the devices at a cost of $34,500 each.

Among the Pemex companies using the device at high-value terrist target facilities are Pemex Petroquímica, Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica and Pemex Exploración y Producción. The devices were purchased without undergoing technical review or testing. Continue reading »

First ISC Opens in Mombasa

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Apr 042011

First of three piracy information centres planned under the Djibouti Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has been opened in Mombasa, Kenya.

The other two centres, envisaged to operate under the same Code, are those established in Dar es Salam, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Sana’a, Yemen. The centres have been established to facilitate practical measures for the suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships, by ensuring the coordinated, timely, and effective flow of information. It is intended that the ISCs should be capable of receiving and responding to alerts and requests for information or assistance at all times.

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