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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Sri Lanka Gets The Nod, Georgia Gets The Bullet

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Dec 072010

...But seafarers unwanted

Sri Lanka dodged the bullet but in the first of what may be several such cases to come, the European Commission has withdrawn recognition of STCW certificates issued by Georgia. The entire Georgian Maritime Administration has been fired and criminal prosecutions are being considered.

Says the country’s President, Mikheil Saakashvili: “… Now you see what type of results could be brought by someone’s incompetence, laziness, corruptness and crime”.

Based on the inspections held in 2006 the European Commission decided to determinate recognition of the country’s STCW certificates enabling EU member states to hire Georgian seafarers since 2001.

The unprecedented move has led Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia to fire the heads of the United Transportation Administration and appoint Captain Mamuka Akhaladze as head of the Maritime Administration.

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EU: Ireland May Endanger Maritime Safety

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Jun 042010

imageEire’s failure to comply with the EU directive on port state control “may endanger maritime safety with the risks this implies for the environment” says the European Transport Commission.

In a strongly-worded statement the EU says: “The European Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to the Irish authorities for failing to properly implement the EU directive on port state control. This directive is a core instrument in the field of maritime safety, aimed at fighting substandard shipping in the European Union. The Republic of Ireland is required to comply with the request within two months, failing which the case may go before the European Court of Justice”.

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SafeMed Newsletter

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Jan 272010

image SeafeMad Beacon/Le Phare, quarterly newsletter, is now out.

Funded by the European Union and run by REMPEC, SafeMed aims to reduce maritime
accidents and pollution through coordinated action by providing a level-playing field for all stakeholders in the area, improving access to information for all, offering
training and assistance, and promoting a common platform for best practices to regulate maritime traffic in Mediterranean coastal states. Continue reading »

EU: Time Not To Burn Brimstone

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Jan 022010

If the California experience is anything to go by we can expect to see propulsion failures on the increase as Council Directive 2005/33/EC comes in to force. It mandates that ships may only use fuel oil with less than 0.1 per cent sulphur – brimstone to bible thumpers – while in EU ports and exceptions are few and far between.

Following a failed attempt by Pacific Merchant Shipping Association to bar the California Air Resources Board from imposing similar restrictions in mid-2009 some 15 maritime casualties were linked to propulsion failures when switching to low sulphur fuels. As a result, the US Coast Guard issued a safety alert on the issue.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 18th October 2008

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Oct 192008

Cargo ship blows up at Southpoint
New Straits Times – Persekutuan,Malaysia
The blast is believed to have ripped open the bottom of the vessel, causing it to start sinking immediately. The fire department, marine police and the

Pirates Hijack 8 Nigerian Vessels
THISDAY – Apapa,Lagos,Nigeria
“We appeal to the Navy to allow the status quo to remain to enhance safety and marine activities to thrive,” she said. According to her, the immediate

Panama freighter in danger of sinking in Vietnam coastal
VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi,Vietnam
The hope to rescue the ship has gone. A Vietnamese tanker is taking oil off the sinking ship. The Panama-flag New Oriental was carrying 11500 tons of iron

UK. Commercial fisherman prosecuted following collision
BYM News (press release) – Gibraltar,Spain
At a hearing today in Truro Magistrates Court, the owner/skipper of a small fishing vessel was successfully prosecuted following a collision off Falmouth on

(Update) Start of retrieval of bodies inside ‘Princess’ moved to
GMA news.tv – Quezon City,Metro Manila,Philippines
Still, he said Sulpicio Lines Inc., owner of the capsized ship, will send a vessel to the area. He also said retrieved remains will be brought to Cebu for

EU sues Britain over maritime safety
The European Commission decided Thursday to take Britain to court for failure to respect European Union (EU) legislation on ship-source pollution and on penalties for those responsible for polluting discharges.

IMO charts passage through choppy waters
AsiaOne – Singapore
The grim outlook was provided yesterday by the head of a global maritime body who was visiting Singapore. ‘We must acknowledge that since 2004,

EU states slow to ratify maritime laws
Lloyd’s List – London,UK
The same holds true for the EU’s own maritime safety laws. The European commission is constantly having to cajole and threaten member states with court .

Japan looks at sending anti-piracy ships to Somalia
Mareeg – London,England,UK
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso expressed a positive view Friday on the possibility of sending Maritime Self-Defence Force vessels to guard commercial