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Sri Lanka dodged the bullet but in the first of what may be several such cases to come, the European Commission has withdrawn recognition of STCW certificates issued by Georgia.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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Can Shame Work Where Sense Doesn’t

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Sep 142010

Will Gorgonilla made the grade? Photo: Paris MOU

As the Paris MOU’s Caught In The Net programme shows there are far too many two-bit ship owners happy to let their ships become a hazard to those who sail them and the environment of the waters they sail through. Now new European Union, EU, rules that come into force next year intends to name and shame shipping companies with a poor safety record and boost those with a strong one.

Says the EU announcement: “New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were adopted today by the European Commission. The rules will introduce, from January 1st 2011, a new online register to “to name and shame” shipping companies which are performing poorly on vital safety inspections, port state control, while those with strong safety records will be given good public visibility.

“Port state controls are crucial for preventing shipping disasters and the tragic loss of life and huge environmental damage that can result. Companies and states which show up as poorly performing will be subject to more intensive, co-ordinated inspections in EU ports. Manufacturers or other industries will be able to choose the shipping companies they use for freight or passengers in full knowledge of their safety record.

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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
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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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