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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Peter Thomson, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the UN News Centre in his office in New York. Photo: Masayoshi Suga/UN News Centre

Peter Thomson of Fiji is UN Special Envoy For The Ocean

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Thomson will lead the United Nations advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the United Nations system…

Dr. James S.C. Chao Photo courtesy SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime to Honor Dr. James Chao

On Tuesday, May 1, SUNY Maritime College will honor Foremost Group Founder and Honorary Chairman Dr. James S.C. Chao, Foremost Group Chairman and CEO Angela Chao, and Turner Construction Vice President and senior operations manager Joseph Byrne at its annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner in Throggs Neck, New York. The event, launched in 2003, honors supporters of the college and its mission to educate and train maritime professionals. Every year, SUNY Maritime College hosts its…

Somalia Anti-piracy Projects Approved by UN

The United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy approves projects in support of anti-piracy efforts in Somalia & other affected States in the region. Other affected States in the region, include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives and the Seychelles. The announcement was made in New York by United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who chaired the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

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IMO Reaches Deal to Cut CO2 Emissions

The United Nations shipping agency reached an agreement on Friday to cut carbon emissions, following years of slow progress. The compromise plan, which will cut emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008 levels, fell short of more ambitious targets. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said the adoption of the strategy "would allow future IMO work on climate change to be rooted in a solid basis". The IMO said it would also be pursuing efforts towards phasing out CO2 emissions entirely.

“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.

Photo: Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL)

OOIL Signs the United Nations Global Compact

Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL), a company with principal business activities in container transport (OOCL) and logistics services (OOCL Logistics), is delighted to announce its joining of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). "As a signatory, we are honored to be the first Hong Kong-based enterprise in the international transportation and logistics industry to take part in this important initiative," said a statement from OOIL. Through our business strategies…

US Blacklists North Korean Shipping Firms

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms, Chongchongang Shipping and Ocean Maritime Management, following a similar move by the United Nations. The United Nations on Monday said Ocean Maritime Management operated a ship detained a year ago near the Panama Canal for smuggling Soviet-era arms, raising concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with North Korea. The new sanctions, published on the Treasury Department's website, freeze any assets the companies may hold in the United States and prohibit people and firms in the United States from dealing with them.

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UN Blacklists Dozens over North Korean Smuggling at Sea

The United Nations Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies on Friday over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, boosting pressure on Pyongyang as leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts. The council's North Korea sanctions committee acted on a request by the United States, designating 21 shipping companies -- including five based in China -- 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man. The…

20th Signature on Rotterdam Rules

The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea, known as the Rotterdam Rules, has received its 20th signature just one month after it first opened for signature. Niger became the 20th signatory to the Rotterdam Rules. The signing ceremony for the Convention was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 23 September 2009. Sixteen States signed the Convention on the opening day, making it the most successful of the conventions…

Australian Electronic Chart Service Launched

AMSA's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mick Kinley, was a guest of honour at a celebration held at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong on Thursday 21 June to celebrate United Nations World Hydrography Day. Commodore Rod Nairn AM, RAN (Hydrographer of Australia) used the event to mark Australia's achievement of Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) coverage for Australian and Papua New Guinea waters and to launch a new Australian Electronic Navigational Chart service (AusENC).

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Philippines Releases North Korean Ship

Reuter reports that  the Philippines has released a North Korean freighter it had seized. The North Korean freighter was covered by harsher United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear program. The 6,830 deadweight tonne (dwt) cargo ship M/V Jin Teng was one of the first sanctioned North Korean ships to enter a foreign port since the tightened sanctions were passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council. Thirty-one North Korean ships are on the list. Its 21 North Korean crew…

Victor Mooney of Queens with H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Ambassador for Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations. The rower brief the diplomat on his plans to row across the Atlantic Ocean to encourage voluntary HIV testing.

Transatlantic Rower Briefs UN Ambassador

Victor Mooney of Queens briefed H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Ambassador for Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations on his upcoming 5,000-mile solo transatlantic row on Thursday. Afterwards, Mr. Mooney went into detail on his preferred rowing route and discussed the importance of having a formative support team. The Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, is the principal sponsor for the Goree Challenge. The rower recently met his patron during the United Nations General Assembly in September and emphasized the importance of voluntary HIV testing. Mr.

Russian Maritime Security Firm Protests Nigeria Detainment

In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the arms-carrying 'MV Myre Seadiver' were arrested in Lagos & detained without trial. In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the MV Myre Seadiver were conducting professional and legitimate counter-piracy operations along Africa's western coast when, in October, their anchorage in Nigeria's Port of Lagos took a fateful turn. Ignoring the fact that all permits, licenses and clearances were in place, the Nigerian Navy captured the Master and crew of fifteen Russian sailors on the eve of their departure from the Port of Lagos.

Seminar Helps Strengthen Security in West/Central Africa

More than 60 participants from the 20 coastal Member States[i] of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) joined international experts for a seminar on maritime and port security, held in Cotonou, Benin, from July 22-25, organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in conjunction with PMAWCA. Experts from France, the United States Coast Guard, the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)…

2013 World Maritime Day Theme Launched

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year's World Maritime Day theme, "Sustainable development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20", calling on Governments and the shipping industry to join together and provide a positive contribution towards formulating sustainable maritime development goals. Speaking at a reception to mark the launch of the theme, at the end of the first day of the 56th session of the Sub-Committee on Fire Protection (FP), Mr. Sekimizu said that…

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Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday. A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case for territorial claims and usage rights in the South China Sea. The move to bring the issue to court was prompted by China’s program of building airstrips and defenses on some of the islands. Other countries involved in the dispute…

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Philippines Seizes North Korean Cargo Ship

The Philippines said on Saturday it had seized a North Korean freighter that was covered by harsher United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear programme. Manila will also deport the vessel's 21 North Korean crew and will await a U.N. inspection team from the United Nations, foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message. "In compliance with the United Nations resolution, the North Korean ship in Subic will be impounded and not allowed to leave port," he said.

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Shipping's CO2 Reduction Goals Exceed Commitments -ICS

The United Nations (UNFCCC) has published a Synthesis Report analyzing the impact of the pledges made by 146 nations to reduce CO2 emissions in advance of next week’s Climate Change Conference in Paris. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says the mandatory CO2 reduction measures already adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), combined with the aggressive fuel efficiency measures being taken by merchant ships worldwide, will proportionately deliver far more ambitious CO2 reductions than the pledges so far made by governments.

UN Climate Talks Head for Watered-down Deal

United Nations climate talks, which ran on into a an extra day on Saturday, are heading for a watered-down deal on limiting global warming, leaving many of the toughest issues for next year's Paris summit. Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, hosting the talks, told delegates that a new text on Saturday morning to try to break impasses was not perfect, but reflected common ground. Rich and poor nations were at odds after two weeks of talks in Peru over how to share…

ICS Chairman Masimichi Morooka

ICS Congratulates UN Secretary General

ICS Chairman Masimichi Morooka has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law Of The Sea by writing to United Nations Secretary General Ban  Ki-moon. On behalf of the world’s shipowners, Mr Morooka extended congratulations to the UN and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), on the 30th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at Montego Bay, on 10 December 1982. He said: “The enduring…

EU NAVFOR Develops Communication Technology

The British Royal Navy-led EU NAVFOR, the European Union’s first naval task force assembled to protect international shipping in the waters off Somalia, has partnered with IT service company Polymorph to develop a collaboration tool for its vessels. The tool will be designed to coordinate anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast and protect United Nations World Food Program (WFP) vessels delivering food to the region. The system will feature a single framework for communication and document exchange.

Victor Mooney at Pasito Blanco - La Punta Yacht Club in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Man Begins 4th Row Across Atlantic Ocean

Victor Mooney of Flushing, Queens begins his fourth attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean from Maspolamas, Gran Canaria to Brooklyn, New York.   His goal is for the fight against HIV/AIDS and to support the United Nations memorial in New York dedicated to the transatlantic slave trade.  

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IMO Joins UN Climate Change Learning Partnership

The International maritime Oranization (IMO) reports it has joined the United Nations One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).   IMO now enters a partnership of more than 30 UN organizations that have an interest in climate change learning.   The CC:Learn e-Learning platform aims to provide free e-learning resources on climate change, each course building upon the expertise of relevant UN partners.  

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IMO Sets Regulations to Cut SOx Emissions from 2020

The United Nations' shipping agency on Thursday set global regulations to limit the amount of sulphur emissions from vessels which will come into force from 2020. The shipping industry is by far the world's biggest emitter of sulphur, with the sulphur oxide content in heavy fuel oil up to 3,500 times higher than the latest European diesel standards for vehicles.

Southeast Asia migrants stranded at sea. Photo by United Nations News Centre

South-East Asian Migrant Crisis

Thousands of migrants from Bangladeshi and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar Myanmar are still stranded at sea in south-east Asia in desperate need of food and water. Like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the Philippines will push back to sea undocumented Asian “boat people” despite a United Nations appeal to Southeast Asian countries to open their ports to the migrants from impoverished Myanmar and Bangladesh. Earlier, United Nations has called on Southeast Asian nations not to push back the boatloads of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis - men…

IMO adopts regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas as fuel Photo Danish Maritime Authority

IMO Adopts Regulations for Ships Using LNG

United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted globally binding regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The IMO has just adopted a new international code of safety for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels – the so-called IGF Code. The Code is to help ensure that the safety level of ships using LNG and other more environmentally friendly fuels is enhanced and made more homogeneous. The regulations will enter into force in 2017 and apply to new ships and new conversions of ships, respectively, except for gas tankers.