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Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO's MSC Agenda

The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) related to lifeboat safety; continue its action plan of work on passenger ship safety, following the Costa Concordia incident; review the draft mandatory Polar Code and related draft SOLAS amendments; adopt amendments to SOLAS and other treaties to make mandatory the IMO Member State Audit Scheme; adopt a number of other important amendments; and consider items submitted by the sub-committees.

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IMO's MSC Meeting Approves Important SOLAS Amendments

IMO informs that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted important SOLAS amendments related to inert gas systems as well as amendments to a number of treaties to bring into force the mandatory IMO audit scheme. In addition it has approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, with a view to formal adoption at its next session in November. The MSC met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014.

Steady Progress on MBMs During Intersessional IMO Meeting

Steady progress was made in considering the development of suitable market-based measures (MBMs) for international shipping, at the third intersessional meeting of IMO’s Working Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from Ships, held at IMO’s London Headquarters, from 28 March to 1 April 2011. The GHG Working Group will report its conclusions to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), when it meets for its 62nd session from 11 to 15 July 2011. The Working Group…

Passenger Ship Safety High on Upcoming MSC Meeting Agenda

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at its London Headquarters for its 92nd session from 12 to 21 June 2013. The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) relating to passenger drills; discuss preliminary recommendations arising from the Costa Concordia incident. The MSC is expected to adopt draft amendments SOLAS regulation III/19 to require musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure, instead of “within 24 hours”, as stated in the current regulations.

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships’ routing measures and approved a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the subcommittees.

Andrew Squire, LOC Group Chief Executive Officer.

LOC Celebrates 25 Years in Singapore

Planning to Expand Further in the Region. London Offshore Consultants (LOC), one of the world’s leading independent marine and offshore industry consultancy firms, is set to expand its activities and office network in Asia Pacific, it announced. LOC provides a range of specialist consultancy services on planning, design and execution of high value, complex marine and energy based operations through to technical advice on major shipping casualties. Its customers include the world’s leading oil and gas majors…

Statement from SOS SaveOurSeafarers

Following Tuesday’s conference on Somali piracy organised by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and held at the IMO’s London headquarters, Giles Heimann, Chair of the SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign, said, “We welcome the acknowledgement of the importance of the continuing partnership between the shipping industry, the naval forces and governments, and their ongoing commitment in tackling the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia. We look to reinforce these relationships.

Ian Meaden, Des Upcraft and Lijo Thomas

Gas Ship Expertise Expands Houlder’s Offering

Marine design and engineering company Houlder announced the formation of an LNG project team in its London headquarters. Ian Meaden, Des Upcraft and Lijo Thomas joined the team this month to work exclusively on developing LNG projects in response to market requirements. The company said its new talent investment means it can build on its current LNG equipment projects to help with all aspects of marine design, engineering and project management from initial FEED study to implementation.

David Kelly (Photo: IMarEST)

IMarEST Further Expands into Asia-Pacific

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has strengthened its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region by appointing David Kelly MCIM MIMarEST, currently Head of Marketing at IMarEST’s London headquarters, as Director of Asia-Pacific. The new position, based in Singapore, will be taken up in August this year and has been created to support the existing Asia-Pacific team and to drive growth and awareness of the Institute in the region. A Chartered Marketer…

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Maritime Matters – a Global Celebration

World Maritime Day (28 September) has been marked around the world in a series of events and celebrations led by International Maritime Organization (IMO) from its London headquarters. Seafaring nations, coastal states and the shipping industry staged conferences, seminars and public events under the 2017 theme “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”. At IMO, the traditional diplomatic reception was preceded by a special visit for maritime students and young professionals from the maritime industries.

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Piracy & Passenger Safety High on IMO Committee Agenda

Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. A High-Level Segment will be held on the opening day (16 May), intended to provide an opportunity for a full policy debate among Member Governments on how the international community should deal with issues…

Passenger ship safety recommendations agreed by IMO’s MSC

Recommended interim measures aimed at enhancing the safety of passenger ships, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January, were agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. The MSC adopted a resolution, which invites Member States to recommend that passenger ship companies conduct a review of operational safety measures, to ships flying their flag, on a voluntary basis and “with all possible urgency and efficiency”…

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee – Brief on Latest Meeting

Interim guidance for private maritime security companies (PMSCs) was agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012. The MSC also adopted a resolution recommending operational measures aimed at enhancing the safety of large cruise passenger ships, as well as a work plan to address passenger ship safety matters, in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January. The busy agenda…

MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014, approved draft SOLAS amendments to make mandatory the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low- flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code); adopted other SOLAS amendments; continued its work on its action plan on passenger ship safety; and approved and adopted a number of items put forward by the subcommittees.

President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

Inmarsat welcomes President Xi to London Headquarters

Inmarsat welcomed the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping to its London headquarters, as part of the President’s historic State Visit to the UK. The visit reflects the close working relationship between Inmarsat and China. China was one of the eighty-six countries that came together to found Inmarsat with a maritime safety mandate and over thirty five years later Inmarsat continues to contribute to safety and security in Maritime and Aviation and more recently during disaster situations in China.

IMO's 'London Convention' Celebrates Anniversary

Key international marine environment protection convention celebrates 40 years of progress. The use of the world’s oceans as a dumping ground for harmful wastes has been systematically regulated and reduced under the terms of an international convention that, this year, celebrates 40 years since it was first adopted. The "Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972", usually referred to as the "London Convention", was one of the first global conventions designed to protect the marine environment from human activities.

From top Richard Inman,Steve Myatt and Simon Williams Photo Britannia

Britannia Bolsters Underwriting Team

Britannia has bolstered its underwriting presence with three appointments as part of the company’s growth strategy. The recruitment drive comes as the curtain falls on the 30-year underwriting career of Steve Myatt, who has decided to step down from his role as underwriting Director, marking the successful 2018 renewal as his last. John O’Flaherty joins from broker JLT to head up the Club’s new Singapore operation. John worked for JLT in Dubai for five years having previously worked for Skuld P&I Club and brokers AON Heath Lambert.

Braemar’s distinctive head office, sold for £9.5m

Strategic Sale of Braemar's H.O.

On 27 January 2015 Braemar Shipping Services Plc exchanged contracts for the sale of our leasehold interest in our Marylebone corporate headquarters to Greenhouse Sports Ltd for a net consideration of £9.5m before tax. The leasehold had a net book value of £4.0m, leading to an exceptional gain of £5.5m. The transaction is expected to complete on 26 February 2015. The consideration will be used to reduce Group indebtedness and will provide the Group with greater financial flexibility. The sale follows the successful merger of Braemar with ACM Shipping Group Plc (“ACM”) in 2014.