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Saturday, August 15, 2020

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Seaspan Completes Remote DoC Audit with DNV GL

The world’s largest container tonnage provider has become the latest vessel owner to benefit from classification society DNV GL’s remote audit capabilities, as the impact of the global COVID-19 crisis continues to spur the increased use of remote survey services globally.Under a Hong Kong flag special authorization, DNV GL, together with representatives from Seaspan Corporation, carried out a remote Document of Compliance (DoC) audit of the company’s Safety Management System (SMS).According to DNV GL…

Photo courtesy of Intermarine UK

New Scrubber Service Station at Portland Port

Intermarine UK struck an agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the UK’s centers for scrubber installation.Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki signed the agreement at Norshipping in Oslo with counterpart DB Wang deputy general manager of the Shandong Pure Ocean Technology based in Renhe Town in the Shandong province. The deal will see Intermarine act as an agent to Shandong and offer to install its scrubber systems to a wide variety of vessels to help them meet tough new environmental regulations.

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Emissions monitoring and reporting means ECA’s, EPA VGP, EU MRV’s, IMO-DCS, RO’s, SEEMP – and you. Fear not: the daunting acronyms can all be managed by employing the right technology.In the past decade, shipowners have faced a raft of new regulations aimed at reducing the pollution from their ships, whether in new environmentally sensitive emissions control areas (ECA) or on the open seas that serve as the primary conduit for 90% of global trade. Limits on sulphur emissions within ECAs such as the Baltic and North seas have been in effect since 2005…

IRClass pic on RO from Netherlands Photo courtesy IRClass PR

IRClass is Authorized RO for Netherlands

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) classification society has received authorization as a Recognised Organisation (RO) from Netherlands’ flag administration. The authorization comes just months after IRClass received authorization from Europe’s largest flag Malta in December last year. Netherlands ranks fourth according to performance ranking released by Paris MOU. To date, IRClass has secured authorization from four European flags including Latvia and Bulgaria – all within the past year or so.

Photos: Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS).

Panama Maritime Authority Authorizes Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Panama Maritime Authority has authorized Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) as a Classification Society, Recognized Organization (RO) and Recognized Security Organization (RSO) to perform class and statutory certification services on behalf of the Flag Administration. The agreement was signed by Fernando Solorzano, General Director of Merchant Marine of the Republic of Panama and Andreas Nicolaou, Managing Director of DBS. The signing ceremony took place on 24th of November 2017 at the presence of Honourable Jorge Barakat Pitty…

Verifavia to Provide IMO DCS Services for Liberian-flagged Ships

Emissions verification company for the transport sector Verifavia said it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services for Liberian-flagged vessels. The Liberian Registry – the second largest in the world – includes more than 4,200 vessels aggregating 150+ million gross metric tons, representing 12 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet. As part of the cooperation – the company’s first major step…

ClassNK, Liberian Registry Trial Electronic Certificates System

ClassNK said it has begun operational trials for “ClassNK e-Certificate”, a comprehensive system to provide ships’ class certificates and statutory certificates issued on behalf of flag states in electronic format. The use of electronic certificates is expected to reduce the administrative burden of sending traditional paper certificates and managing them onboard, in addition to making it easier to retrieve data on the certificates, the classification society said. As part of its aims to improve the operations of shipping companies…

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US Court fines Doorae Shipping

United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi today accepted the guilty plea of Doorae Shipping Co., LTD, a South Korean maritime operations company, and sentenced the company to pay a fine of $275,000, and a term of three years of probation for the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. According to the Information to which Doorae pled guilty, the operation of a marine vessel, such as the B. Pacific, a petroleum oil tank ship registered under the flag administration of the Marshall Islands…

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Liberian Registry to Recognize Green Award Ships

Liberia has become the first flag state to participate in the Green Award program, under which eligible shipowners will be offered significant annual tonnage tax discounts. Green Award is a global, independent, not-for-profit quality assurance organisation which certifies ship managers and vessels that go beyond industry standards in terms of safety, quality and environmental performance. The scheme brings together ship managers who are willing to improve the safety and environmental performance of their vessels…

Korean Register to Deliver Statutory Services in India

Classification society Korean Register (KR) has signed an agreement with the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) to deliver services on behalf of the Indian flag administration, carrying out vessel surveys and issuing certificates according to international conventions. KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys and audits and to issue certificates to Indian flagged ships for SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL and MLC. India's maritime industry has strong potential for growth because of its geographical location between Asia and Africa and its 7,000-kilometer-long coastline, KR said.

Turquoise. Photo: CMA CGM

Pirates Attack Containership off Nigeria

Pirates have attacked the Liberian-flagged 4,360 TEU CMA CGM Turquoise, kidnapping two crew members off the coast of Nigeria, with the remainder of the crew said to be safe. Turquoise, managed by Dioryx Maritime Corp. in Greece, was stormed late on Monday as it travelled between Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos and Douala in Cameroon. According to Ghana-based antipiracy agency Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre (MTISC-GOG), the ship  was boarded in waters about 30 nm off the coast of the Niger Delta.

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Malta Flag Reaches Record Tonnage in 2015

Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, through its Merchant Shipping Directorate, reports a strong and positive performance for 2015. The Maltese Register of Shipping saw an increase of almost 8.3 million gross tonnage in 2015, representing a growth rate of 14.3 percent compared to the year before, Transport Malta said. The registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 66.2 million gross tons, as of  December 2015. These statistics represent record figures for the Malta Flag and a significant achievement for the Malta Flag Administration…

Surveyor Umar Ali from LR’s Trinidad office carries out an inspection of the tugboat Trafalgar

LR First to Certify Small Caribbean Ships

After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several Caribbean flag administrations to carry out surveys and issue certificates under new codes on their behalf. Code of Safety for Caribbean Cargo Ships (CCSS). This applies to ships of under 500gt. The administrations authorising LR are: The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts & Nevis Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels operating in the Caribbean (SCV).

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Malaysian Flag Approves IRClass as RSO

The Maritime Administration of Malaysia has authorised IRClass to act as a‘Recognised Security Organisation’ (RSO) towards verification and approval of ship security plans and issuance/ endorsement of International Ship Security Certificates (ISPS) for ships operating under Malaysian Flag Administration. The latest recognition will now allow IRClass to provide complete statutory certification to Malaysian registered ships, thus improving our services to the Malaysian ship-owners. Malaysia is one of the key flag administrations in the South East Asian region.

INTERTANKO Welcomes IMO Bunker Decision

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to consider introducing measures to improve controls of bunkers delivered to ships. After six submissions to the IMO over four years, to which INTERTANKO made a major contribution, persistence with another submission has resulted in progress to assure the quality of fuel delivered to ships. A correspondence group will develop guidelines for states to ensure fuel quality compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. It will also consider the adequacy of the current legal framework for assuring the quality of fuel.

Revised VDR Standards Commence July 2014

Revisions to the Performance Standards for Shipborne Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) will be implemented from July 1, 2014. The changes to the standards have been made to incorporate new technology and lessons learned from past casualty analysis. Systems should include functions to perform a performance test. Operational requirements for float-free and long-term recording media have been added. The time for which all stored data items are retained has been extended to at least 30 days/720 hours on the long-term recording medium and at least 48 hours on the fixed and float-free recording media.

Photo: ClassNK's first U.S. flag vessel.

ClassNK Registers First US-flagged Ship

Global classification society ClassNK  announced that ClassNK has classed its first United States-flagged ship. The vessel, newly named MT SLNC PAX, owned by Schuyler Line Navigation Company, LLC (SLNC), is classified as an oil tanker and chemical tanker with IMO type II & III, and will be operating in the U.S.-flag cargo preference service. Russell Paret, President of SLNC said, "We are very pleased to be working with ClassNK as they have been knowledgeable and diligent in issuing class certificates for the MT SLNC PAX in the US registry.

Lloyd's Register Alert: New SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1

SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1 has been amended and will require operational information to be provided to the master after a flooding casualty to assist with decisions regarding safe return to port. The new requirement applies to passenger vessels over 120m in length or with three or more main vertical zones, constructed on or after 1 January, 2014. The operational information can be provided by onboard stability computers or through shore-based support arrangements, as follows. At…

Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Medevacs One, Continues 'Carnival Triumph' Escort

The Coast Guard took off a female passenger from the disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico under tow to Mobile. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew medevaced a female passenger who reportedly suffered a stroke and transported her to Dauphin Island to meet emergency medical services. The tug vessel Resolve Pioneer reported a broken tow line which was restored by the tug Roland Falgout. Meanwhile Coast Guard boarding teams assisted CBP agents with passport verification and disembarkation processing with the ship some six miles south of the entrance to Mobile Bay.

ClassNK Chairman and President Mr. Ueda (right) with Mr. Krüger, BG Verkehr (left)

ClassNK Earns Authorization from German Flag

Top Society Announces Further Expansion in Germany. ClassNK announced that it has earned authorization from Germany’s BG Verkehr to carry out surveys on behalf of the German Government, and will be further expanding its operations in the leading ship owning nation. The announcement was made during a reception to commemorate the authorization at the prestigious Hafen-Klub on 11 February 2013. As the notified body for German flagged vessels under the EU Maritime Equipment Directive (MED 96/98/EC)…

ABS Gains Recognized Organization Status – Japan

Classification Society ABS authorized by the relevant ministry to serve as a Recognized Organization of the State of Japan. “This authorization strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility,” said ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. Working in close cooperation with the flag Administration of Japan, this new authorization allows ABS to verify compliance of Japanese flag ships with the major international safety and pollution prevention conventions: the International Load Line, SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions.

 ABS President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.

Japan Authorizes ABS as Recognized Organization

ABS was granted authorization by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to serve as a Recognized Organization of the State of Japan. This authorization allows ABS to provide statutory certification services to Japanese-flagged vessels on behalf of the government. “This authorization strengthens our global coverage and allows vessel owners and operators greater operational flexibility,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, President and CEO, ABS. Working in close cooperation with the flag Administration of Japan…

ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr. Takuya Yoneya (L) receives a copy of the Recognized Organization Agreement from U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio (R)

ClassNK Receives Expanded Authorization from U.S. Coast Guard

The world’s largest classification society ClassNK announced that it was granted expanded authorization from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on 25 December 2012, and will now be able to carry out a full range of surveys for the SOLAS, MARPOL and AFS conventions, as well as ISM Audits on behalf of the United States flag administration. The announcement was made following a visit by ClassNK Executive Vice President Dr. Takuya Yoneya to USCG Headquarters in Washington D.C. on 7 January 2013. During the visit Dr.

Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV BWMS Type Approved

Wärtsilä's AQUARIUS® UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted Type Approval in accordance with the 2004 IMO Convention. This approval endorses Wärtsilä’s BWMS market entry and provides ship owners with greater cost effective BWMS technology choice and installation flexibility through its modular design and approach. Wärtsilä AQUARIUS® UV BWMS is the first system to have been fully endorsed and type approved by the Flag Administration of the Netherlands and is…

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North American Emission Rules for Ships to Enter Force

On 1 August 2012, enforcement of the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) is due to commence. This third and largest ECA (the other two encompass the North Sea and the Baltic Sea areas) was first proposed by Canada and the United States on 27 March 2009. France quickly joined in on behalf of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, its territory off the Atlantic coast of Canada. The proposal was approved by the IMO on 26 March 2010 by means of an amendment to Annex VI (Regulations for Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) to the MARPOL Convention.

ClassNK Earns Authorization From Lithuania

ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced that it signed an agreement with the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration on 14 June 2012 granting ClassNK the authority to conduct statutory certifications on behalf of the flag administration. Under the agreement, the Tokyo-based classification society is now authorized to perform surveys and issue certificates in accordance with SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line, TM69 and other international conventions on behalf of the Lithuanian flag.