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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Imo Council News

DP World currently has five terminals in Dubai, three at the flagship Jebel Ali Port. Photo Credit: DP World

UAE Presence Grows in the Maritime World

Over recent years the United Arab Emirates has emerged as an important maritime hub with grand ambitions. Mark Venables visited the region to discover what is driving that growth.When the UAE was elected to the IMO Council as a Category B member, it immediately raised its profile within the maritime community. The Emirates have taken a significant step forward in the maritime world.Despite this success, the region remains a challenging market for shipping and logistics. One of…

Mr. Joseph J. Angelo (Photo: IMO)

"IMO Joe" Angelo Honored

The International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded to Joseph J. Angelo, a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (July 15-19) decided to award the Prize to Mr. Angelo, in recognition…

Joseph J. Angelo participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments. Photo: IMO

Joseph Angelo Wins Global Maritime Prize

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2018 is to be awarded to Joseph J. Angelo, a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (15-19 July) decided to award the Prize to Angelo…

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Finance Conference Speakers Take Optimistic View of Shipping Market Trends

The fourth Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, held at Abu Dhabi’s Sheraton Hotel and Resort, was in many ways very different from the preceding three events in this increasingly popular series. While in other years the sense of challenge and adversity was dominant, this year speakers at the one-day conference were generally much more optimistic and upbeat about market prospects, although a number of potential hazards on the road to full recovery were also much in evidence.Conference chairman…

Zhong Haifeng, senior diver and deputy of the Engineering Team of Guangzhou Salvage, will receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea for rescue three people from a sunken cargo ship. (Photo: Guangzhou Salvage, China)

Chinese Rescue Diver to Receive IMO Bravery Award

A rescue diver from China who made a series of underwater dives to rescue three people from a sunken cargo ship will receive the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery At Sea.A Panel of Judges decided that the rescue merited the highest award. The decision was endorsed by the IMO Council at its 120th session in London (2-5 July).Following a collision with another ship, in Guangzhou Port, China, in the early morning of November 27, 2017, the bulk carrier M.V.Jin Ze Lun sank. Of the 14 crew on board, two were immediately rescued by local maritime authorities but 12 remained missing.

WISTA International Approved for IMO Consultative Status

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) governing body, the IMO Council, approved the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA International) application for consultative status on July 5, 2018. "Consultative status gives us the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women's empowerment, which are our main aims," said WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou. "We can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in our industry…

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UN Spotlights International Day of the Seafarer 2018

Seafarers are the unsung heroes of shipping, the industry on which everyone, everywhere relies for the goods and commodities we all need and want. But it’s a tough and demanding job which sometimes can put pressure on mental health. This is why, this year, in 2018, International Maritime Organization (IMO) is joining the growing momentum within shipping to address the important issue of seafarers’ wellbeing. A seafarer’s job can be rewarding and fulfilling, but it can also have its more difficult moments. Many different factors can affect the quality of life at sea.

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Indian Ports Cargo Traffic Up 3.46%

Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.46% and together handled 439.66 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to November, 2017 as against 424.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April- November 2017, nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla) have registered positive growth in traffic. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.93%), followed by Paradip (13.13%), Kolkata [incl.

Minister of Transport and Mining The Honorable Michael Henry CD MP (left) and Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ (Photo: MAJ)

Jamaica Elected to Council C Category of IMO Council

Jamaica has reestablished its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Council. The nation was elected as a Category C Council member on December 1, and will serve until 2019. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady previously chaired the former IMO’s Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-committee between 2003 and 2012, now called the Human Resource Training and Watchkeeping Sub Committee.

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Maritime Pilots Recognized with IMO Bravery Accolade

Two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on Monday (27 November). Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston, United States, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 meters-long tanker Aframax River, broke…

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International Maritime Prize for 2016 Presented to Koji Sekimizu

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2016 has been presented to Mr. Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday (27 November) at the IMO awards ceremony. “Mr. Sekimizu has dedicated his career and his lifetime to promoting safety of life at sea and protecting the marine and atmospheric environment. He is truly deserving of the International Maritime Prize,” Mr. Lim said.

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India, Ukraine to Partner in Shipbuilding

A Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Shri Ravikant in New Delhi  to discuss the potential for developing sustainable partnership between the two countries in the area of shipbuilding. Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular.

Africa Set to Tackle Piracy and Maritime Crime - Dakuku

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that Maritime Administrations (MARADs) in Africa are set to tackle the twin issue of piracy, sea crime and illegal migration in the continent. The AMAA Chairman who disclosed this to maritime journalists at the sidelines of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) council meeting in London said that the continent through her leaders have put in place the necessary framework to tackle all forms of criminalities…

Bahri Pushes for Saudi Arabian Entry to IMO Executive Council

Senior representatives from Bahri recently joined members of a Saudi Arabia delegation for board meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which took place at the agency’s headquarters in London. The meetings come as part of the Kingdom’s preparations to submit its candidacy for the membership of the IMO Council under Category (C). Senior Bahri officials who participated in the discussions included Wael Al-Sarhan, Senior Vice President – Marketing, and Abdulaziz Sabri, Vice President, Bahri Ship Management.

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ICS to Reassert commitment to Green Agenda at UN

This week (5-9, June)  the United Nations General Assembly is holding a major conference in New York on the sustainability of the oceans and how the UN can best implement its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14) concerning the protection of the oceans which was adopted at the UN Summit of world leaders held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. ICS will make the case that the shipping industry is undoubtedly a driver of ‘green growth’ given its impressive environmental performance. The…

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. Presenting the Prize, during a ceremony at IMO Headquarters on Monday, December 5, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted Dr. Wiswall's dedication and leadership in the field of international maritime law over several decades…

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Maritime Lawyer Dr. Frank Wiswall Gets 2015 International Maritime Prize

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honoris Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. The IMO Council has decided to award the Prize, noting Dr. Wiswall's personal contribution to the work of IMO, leading IMO’s Legal Committee as it developed a number…

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World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Lim said the theme would provide an opportunity to work with developed and developing countries, shipping and public and private sector ports with a view to identifying and promoting best practices and building bridges between the many diverse actors involved in these areas.

​Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya. Photo: International Maritime Organization

Award for First Female Indian Captain for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, is to receive the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas. The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, endorsed the decision of a Panel of Judges that Captain Menon displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation in the Bay of Bengal in June last year.

Lim Ki-tack. Photo by limimo.org

Lim Ki-tack Will Take Office As IMO Chief Next Month

Lim Ki-Tack, who has been elected as the next secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in a ballot, will start his four-year term in the beginning of next year, the South Korean government said, reports Yonhap. Lim will replace Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to become the 9th IMO secretary-general starting Jan. 1. With six candidates in the running  it took five rounds of voting before Lim was able to collect more than half the 40 votes from IMO Council members.

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IMO Sets Guidelines for 2016-17

The IMO has just closed its Assembly meeting in London, which is held every second year. A number of important items were on the agenda, including the IMO work programme and budget for the 2016-17 biennium as well as the Organization's work on safety and the environment since the recent Assembly meeting. More or less all 171 member States and a number of interest organisations participated in the Assembly meeting. Especially three agenda items were of special Danish interest.

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Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize

Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime leaders and his contribution to the enhancement of safety and security in vital shipping lanes. In a ceremony on 23 November, following the first day of the 29th session of the IMO Assembly, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu presented the award, in the form of a silver dolphin, to Mr. Sasakawa.

Photo: LARS MAERSK

LARS MAERSK Crew Member Receives IMO Award

On Thursday, the IMO honored several seafarers for their impressive and courageous acts in challenging conditions at sea. The crew of the Danish flagged container vessel LARS MÆRSK, who had been nominated by Australia, were among those honored. The presentation ceremony took place in London on the opening day of the IMO Council. Especially Able Seaman Vicente Somera from LARS MÆRSK was honored for his role in a 3-hour rescue operation. The Able Seaman displayed great courage when he rescued a yachtsman in total darkness and gales in the Tasmanian Sea.

“There is a clear recognition among IMO Member States that using the SAR system to respond to mass mixed migration was neither foreseen nor intended, and that although Governments and the merchant shipping industry will continue rescue operations, safe, legal, alternative pathways to migration must be developed, including safe, organized migration by sea, if necessary”

IMO Welcomes UN Resolution on Migrant Smuggling

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a UN Security Council resolution which authorizes Member States to intercept vessels suspected of migrant smuggling off the Libyan coast. “I welcome the United Nations Security Council’s clear affirmation of the necessity to put an end to the recent proliferation of, and endangerment of lives by, the smuggling of migrants and trafficking of persons in the Mediterranean Sea and the strong measures advocated to address these criminal activities,” Mr. Sekimizu said.

Revision of the HRA boundary back to its original state should thus greatly reduce the insurance costs of Indian shipping companies.

Re-Drawal of High Risk Area in Indian Ocean

The International bodies have agreed to India’s efforts to push back the High Risk Area (HRA) from 78 degrees East longitude to the 65 degrees East longitude. This will result in huge savings for India’s EXIM trade and consumers on account of reduced insurance premium and consequently freight costs. Piracy off the coast of Somalia / in the Gulf of Aden / Horn of Africa (East Africa) had surged very significantly from 2008 to 2012, leading to innumerable attacks and hijackings of merchant vessels and their crew.

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IMO for Better Regulation

With a new resolution, United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) stresses the need for better regulation and fewer administrative burdens for the benefit of seafarers, shipowners and administrations alike. At the IMO Council meeting held last week, agreement was reached about a draft resolution establishing that international shipping regulation must be sharper. Already when new regulations are being worded, it must be considered which requirements are imposed on both the seafarers on board the ships and the shipowners' shore-based offices.