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Friday, December 9, 2016

(Photo: Harvey Gulf International Marine)

Harvey Gulf's Formula for Success

A formula for success – in good times and bad: Harvey Gulf International Marine hasn’t deviated from its long term plans and goals, even as the price of oil negatively impacts all sectors. Apparently, this isn’t rocket science. According to Dr. Loren C. Scott, an industry analyst, retired professor and economist from Louisiana State University, U.S. oil production is up 85 percent since 2008 – the highest growth of any country in the world, over that period. Shale oil is largely responsible for that trend…

Jennifer Carpenter (Photo: AWO)

AWO RCP Accepted as Existing SMS Under Subchapter M

The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as an existing Safety Management System that complies with the requirements of Subchapter M. In a letter conveying the acceptance, RADM Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, wrote, “This is a significant milestone in the implementation of Subchapter M and... your staff and your members are to be commended on this remarkable achievement. Subchapter M…

Capt. Chris Hill from the Intermarine Fleet accepting the Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariner’s Plaque during the annual United Seamen’s ‘s Services (USS) Annual Gala Event (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Cargo Ship Crew Awarded for Heroism at Sea

Officers and crewmembers of the Crowley Maritime Corp.-managed cargo ship M/V Ocean Glory were recently honored with a 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Mariners’ Plaque for demonstrating heroism at sea during the United Seamen’s Service’s (USS) annual AOTOS awards ceremony in New York. The mariners were recognized for their August 2016 rescue of an Indonesian fisherman in the vicinity of the Bali Strait while en route to Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Accepting the award on behalf of the ship's officers and crew was Capt. Christopher Hill, master on the M/V Ocean Glory.

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

IMO to focus on Passenger Ship Safety Level

Which safety level should be established for small passenger ships and what is it technically possible to acquire? These are some of the items on next week's IMO agenda. At the 97th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the IMO is to take a final position on the choice between these two formulas. R = 0.000088 ∗ N + 0.7488 or R = 0.0719 x ln N + 0.291? The formulas are part of the basis for calculating how a passenger ship must be constructed in order to have a sufficient tolerance in case of damage that results in a hole in the hull.

The opening ceremony. From Left to Right: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Kitak Lim, IMO Secretary General, Professor Dracos Vassalos, Professor of Maritime Safety and acting director at the Maritime Safety Research Center, and Harri Kulovaara – Executive VP of Maritime and Newbuilding RCCL. (Photo: DNV GL)

Maritime Safety Research Center Opens

The Maritime Safety Research Center (MSRC) is an industry-university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), and DNV GL. The world’s first center of its kind, the MSRC will aim to improve safety at sea through a close collaboration between industry and academia, that targets interdisciplinary, common-threaded research and development. The Maritime Safety Research Center was officially opened this week by the IMO Secretary General Kitak Lim…

TT Club Calls for 'Cargo Integrity' Focus

Efforts to secure accurate container gross mass data continue following  the SOLAS revision mandating verified gross mass for every packed unit having taken effect, but international freight transport insurer, TT Club is now calling for a concerted industry campaign to ensure good practice in all aspects of cargo care. TT Club believes that an insistence on precise gross mass is just the first step in achieving what it is calling 'Cargo Integrity' not just within container trades but throughout the entire supply chain.

The motor vessel Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain sits aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., Photo USCG

Vessel Runs Aground in Columbia River near Skamokawa

The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of a motor vessel that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, but was refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning. There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden with grain. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River were notified of the incident at 3:21 a.m.

From left: Kitack Lim and Sergei Aleinik (Photo: IMO)

IMO Newcomer Belarus Accedes to Further Treaties

Just one week after becoming the 172nd member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Belarus has acceded to three IMO treaties covering a variety of ship safety measures, including conventions on load lines and facilitation of maritime traffic. Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the U.K., Sergei Aleinik, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO headquarters in London on December 5 to deposit the instruments of accession. Belarus deposited its instrument…

Elaine L. Chao (File photo: Elaine L. Chao / U.S. Department of Labor)

AMP Applauds Chao as Secretary of Transportation

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has issued the following statement on the selection of Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the next United States Secretary of Transportation. “The American Maritime Partnership congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao for her nomination by President-elect Donald J. Trump to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. With vast experience across the maritime industry and prior service at the U.S.

Douglas Owen (Photo: BIC)

Owen Appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers

Douglas Owen has been appointed Secretary General of the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) following almost four years of service at the organization. With more than 20 years of experience in the maritime transportation industry, Douglas Owen joined the BIC as Deputy Secretary General in late 2012. He has helped to broaden the horizons of the 83-year-old organization which promotes safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in container transportation. Since joining, he has launched a number of new initiatives and increased interaction with members and partner associations.

Graeme Temple  (Photo: BraemarSA)

Traditional Training to Counter the Over-reliance on Technology

Addressing delegates at the 4th Asian Marine Insurance Conference, BraemarSA’s Far-East Regional Director, Graeme Temple spoke of the root causes of machinery damage, citing a lack of focus on traditional training as a major concern. Speaking at the conference, Mr Temple said: “The rising number of crew errors is a concern to me, but I believe this can be addressed with the right training and commitment. Too often, we see the use of technology increasing at a faster rate than the employment of traditional training. This puts human vigilance and interaction in jeopardy.

David Doig and Robert Morgan (Photo: Atlas)

Atlas Partner with OPITO on Digital Standards Integration

Digital learning technologies company Atlas Knowledge Group is partnering with global oil and gas industry skills and workforce development organization OPITO on a dynamic transformation to the way the energy workers undertake safety-critical emergency response training. The first stage in a long-term, global industry initiative to create a change in training to OPITO Standards through technology-driven innovation, the Digital Standards Integration addresses the sector’s call for regulated, consistent online learning with world-class credibility and compliance.

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today. The much welcomed not-for–profit event with its“arranged by the industry for the industry” feature remains and already, sponsorship response has been well beyond expectations. LOC Group (LOC), the leading international maritime consultancy group…

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

International Standards for Carriage of Offshore Technicians

On Friday, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took one important step forward in its work to develop international standards for the carriage of offshore technicians, for example in connection with activities within the field of offshore wind energy. More specifically, the Committee adopted interim recommendations on safe carriage of offshore technicians. In addition, the Committee agreed on a definition of these technicians – so-called industrial personnel – which inter alia covers wind turbine technicians.

Seafarers Stranded in Baltimore Get Help from AoS

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is providing support for a group of seafarers who have been stranded on board their ship since September 20, in Baltimore harbor. According to media reports the ship’s owner is behind on payments for the operation of the vessel meaning that it has been stranded at anchorage. Together with other agencies in the port AoS has been working to provide the crew with material, spiritual and emotional support. AoS port chaplain, Father John Fitzgerald said…

Crew Wellbeing is Improving -UK P&I Club

In the 20 years since UK P&I Club first established its pre-employment medical examination (PEME) program, the number of crew members failing their PEME examination has fallen from 11 percent in 1996 to a current figure of 3.25 percent, reflecting a combination of increased fitness and wellbeing of crew globally, as well as tighter selection criteria. The PEME Program, which is part of UK P&I’s Loss Prevention department, began in the Philippines with just five clinics located in Manila and six members who collectively employed approximately 1,000 crew.

Sea Tow Rookie of the Year (Photo: Sea Tow Services)

Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17. The event was a highlight of the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which brought Sea Tow operators from across the country to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando from November 14-17, 2016. Sea Tow Franchise of the Year, awarded to the franchise that most exemplifies Sea Tow’s high standards of service and operation…

Ernie Ellis (Photo: Sea-Fire Marine)

Sea-Fire President Addresses Marine Insurance Seminar

Ernie Ellis, president of Sea-Fire Marine, recently addressed 650 attendees of the 27th Marine Insurance Seminar held at the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. The event gathers marine insurance agents, brokers, underwriters, surveyors, admiralty attorneys and other professionals from around the globe to learn about critical issues facing owners of private and commercial vessels. An industry expert on marine fire detection and suppression, Ellis co-presented the session, FIRE: Hot Topic, but not the Same Old Story.

Todd Shou (Photo: CMR Group)

CMR Group Makes Two Senior Appointments

CMR Group, the control instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist, has announced two senior appointments as it continues to develop and expand its global operations. Jean-François Michel has joined as vice-president in charge of production, supply chain and purchasing, bringing over 20 years’ international experience working for industrial organizations in Tunisia, China and France to the role. He will have specific responsibility managing all production and supply chain activities worldwide with the exception of CMR Far East.

Scene of Emergency Control Headquarters during the drill Photo MOL

MOL ‘Tabletop Drill’ for Serious Marine Incident

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the company conducted a tabletop drill based on a scenario in which an iron ore carrier, managed by its group ship management company, collided with a breakwater, leaving it stranded in the Port of Kashima. The drill was held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, with the goal of strengthening the company emergency response structure, which is based on the MOL Group Corporate Principles — nurture and protect the natural environment by maintaining the highest standards of operational safety and navigation.

USCG Approves Subchapter M Internal Auditor Course

SafeMARINER, LLC and the ACTion group’s Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) course has been audited by a third-party registrar and is now recognized as the first internal lead auditor course developed specifically for the inland industry and subchapter M. The course has been certified as meeting the ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems and the ISO 9001 Quality Management System Requirements. The USCG has reviewed the course and determined that it is substantially equivalent to an ISO 9001 course and meets the internal auditor training requirements under 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2).

Large Earthquake Damages New Zealand Ports and Infrastructure

New Zealand’s largest earthquake in 150 years has led to a number of port and infrastructure issues, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). The ports of Wellington and Picton suffered damages after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the upper South Island of New Zealand at midnight local time on November 14. Wellington authorities said both the port and wharf gates will remain closed for the next week, and no ship or cargo operations will be permitted. As and when certain sections are cleared by engineers selective operations may be allowed to recommence during this period, ISS said.

Amy Beavers (MPT)

MPT's Amy Beavers Passes Away

Amy Beavers, USCG Licensed Master, Academic Principal and VP of Regulatory Compliance at Maritime Professional Training has passed away on November 5. Services will be held on Saturday, November 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Rio Vista Community Church, 880 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316. Longtime maritime training expert and provider Amy Beavers was widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable stakeholders in the industry when it came to regulatory matters, especially where it intersected the U.S. Coast Guard's credentialing department.

Photo: North P&I Club

North P&I Club: Be Cyber Aware at Sea

North P&I Club is continuing its drive to highlight the range of cyber threats facing shipowners through active support of the new international ‘Be Cyber Aware At Sea’ campaign. The campaign is a global maritime and offshore industry initiative to raise awareness of the increasing maritime cyber threats to international shipping, ports and offshore operations. According to North’s deputy loss prevention director Colin Gillespie, ‘More than 90% of world trade, including the global transportation of energy, is by sea.

MV Maverick Guardian Photo PrLab

S. Africa Becoming Preferred Destination for Ship Arrests

At the recent annual Maritime Law Conference (MLA) held at Arabella in the Western Cape, various prominent government and international speakers took to the floor to debate and discuss national global maritime phenomena including inter alia; the progress in handling international oil spillages, port congestion, salvage and vessel arrests. Progress and unity was evident amongst the highly respected panel of speakers including Captain Rufus Lekala (TNPA Chief Harbour Master), Captain Alan Reid…

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India Backs Ship Recycling Training Program

As part of its Coastal Community Development Program under Sagarmala, the Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned Rupees 10 Crore ($1.5 mln) as part of the first instalment to the Gujarat Maritime Board for capacity building and safety training of 20,000 workers involved in the ship recycling activities at Alanag- Sosiya recycling yard in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. The total project cost is estimated to be Rupees 30 Crore over a period of 3 years. The initiative has been identified…

File photo: Alex Sergienko

Hepatitis B: The Silent Epidemic for Seafarers

Dr. A.H. Balaji of Balaji Medical Center, a medical service provider for the shipping industry which is part of the UK P&I PEME program, comments on the dangers of hepatitis B, the silent epidemic. Hepatitis B is easily preventable by vaccination and safe health practice, yet it still kills more people worldwide than HIV/AIDS. It is also the number one reason for crew failing their preemployment medical examinations (PEME) and 9.6 percent of all unfit crew were found to have the disease.

Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Galveston

A tanker crewman was medevaced Monday afternoon, after reports of suffering from a hernia about 15 miles off Galveston, Texas in the Fairway Anchorage. The master of the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged tanker Agena contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 1 p.m., to report the mess cook had been suffering from hernia symptoms for several days, and had gotten worse. The watchstanders diverted an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. The helicopter crew was on scene at about 2 p.m.

Ships' Enclosed Spaces Continue to Pose Dangers

Amendments to the SOLAS convention on enclosed space entry came into force on July 1,  2016, requiring all ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board. Under the new regulation the atmosphere testing equipment on board must be able to measure the concentration of oxygen, flammable gas/vapors, hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide as a minimum before a crew member enters an enclosed space. Any space that has limited openings for entry and exit, inadequate ventilation…

First Aid Training Photo Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port Prioritises Training Staff in First Aid

Ports can be dangerous places to work in and this is why Shoreham Port is dedicated to taking its first aid responsibilities seriously. In such a fast paced working environment it is important to have trained staff available across the Port to ensure help is never too far away, should an incident occur. First Aid is a core skill that the Port encourages all staff to develop. Currently over 65% of the Ports work force are trained in First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid Training, with this figure set to increase to around 75% by the end of 2016.

Project Maxcmas

LR Joins Collision Avoidance Research for Autonomous Ships

LR is participating in the MAXCMAS project, a £1.27million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels. The MAXCMAS project aims to develop COLREGs (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972) compliant collision avoidance navigation for autonomous ships and other Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). Compliance with current and future regulations is instrumental to the wide-scale use of USVs at sea.

Photo: Nakilat

Nakilat Holds 20th Qatar Project Shipping Forum

Nakilat, a shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, held Qatar Project Shipping Forum (QPSF) in London over a span of two days. QPSF is as an important platform, established and organized by Nakilat in 2006, to address concerns covering a wide array of topics including shipping safety, technical, marine environment, logistics, and it gives an opportunity to exchange ideas related to shipping operations. This semi-annual forum brings together many owners of leading international shipping companies along with ship charterers such as Qatargas and RasGas.

Delegates at Oman Ship Management Company Mumbai 'Seafarers' Conference' (Photo: OSC)

OSC Holds Mumbai Seafarers’ Conference

Oman Ship Management Company (OSC) hosted a high-level conference in Mumbai for senior officers following a rapid rise in crew numbers. The ‘Seafarers’ Safety Conference’ was a platform for Oman Shipping Company’s subsidiary Oman Ship Management Company (OSMC) to share the best safety practices and current and future trends in the maritime industry with its sea team. It comes as the company released latest employment figures showing 1775 crew members working across 41 vessels – rising 500pc since 2010 when crew numbers remained under 400.

NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels Photo NYK

NYK Conduct Annual Safety Campaign

n August 24, NYK president Tadaaki Naito, NYK executive officers, and a group of six vessel captains and chief engineers held a meeting at NYK headquarters in Tokyo to openly exchange opinions about the safe operation of vessels that NYK is managing and operating. This meeting is part of NYK’s two-month Remember Naka-no-Se safety campaign,* which is implemented annually from July 1 of each year. The meeting is chaired by President Naito, who oversees NYK’s Safety and Environmental Management Committee…

Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners – whose products are counterfeited – and industry organizations, representing both industries signed a joint "Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods" today in Brussels. It…

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS  (Photo: ICS)

ICS Chairman: Use Training to Direct the Future of Shipping

Training acts not only as a career enhancer, but also plays an essential role in the modernization of the shipping industry as a whole, said Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), as he delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Crew Connect Global Conference in Manila. “The future sustainability of the industry requires an evolutionary response to the training and retention of seafarers,“  he stressed. “We need to do more than simply respond to changing needs, we must learn to anticipate them and thereby control the development of the industry.

Crew Kidnapping Persists Despite Piracy Slowdown -Report

Despite a decline of piracy activity in several high-risk areas, a high threat of crew kidnapping and hijacking remains in Southeast Asia and West Africa, according to a recent report from specialist crisis prevention and response consultancy NYA International. Overall piracy activity in the third quarter of 2016 declined in global hotspots compared to the previous quarter, as Southeast Asia and the East Africa and Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) both saw drops in reported piracy incidents…

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea. Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets, who disembarked in Singapore on September 28 for flights back home to the U.K., BBC reports. The four trainee officers studying at the City of Glasgow College – Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail – were among an estimated 2…

IBIA: Bunker Market Opportunities in Africa

The bunker market in Africa is evolving, with real opportunities for those willing to invest time and resource to overcome the obstacles. Illicit activities and poor practices are becoming less common, regulation is increasing and quality of service is improving. However, the increased regulation has in some places reduced competitiveness and as a result, is restricting market growth. This was the conclusion of the speakers and delegates at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Africa Regional Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa last week.