Monday, June 12, 2017

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has announced that it will be conducting a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) jointly with the Tokyo MoU.

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has announced that it will be conducting a concentrated inspection
campaign (CIC) jointly with the Tokyo MoU.
The CIC will focus on navigation safety, including Electronic Chart
Display Information Systems (ECDIS). The Black Sea MoU will also participate in same CIC campaign.
The campaign will be held for three months, beginning 01 September 2017 through 30 November 2017. During this
time, Port State Control (PSC)
Officers are expected to use a standard questionnaire, which will be published in August 2017.
The new CIC was announced during Paris MoU 35th anniversary meeting in Poland, where many issues were
discussed. Also, the methodology for calculating flag and recognized organization (RO) performance, used for the
targeting of ships for inspection, is being reviewed.
The Committee agreed to move towards a new scheme to replace the current
White-Grey-Black List and RO performance List in the near future.
During the meeting., high importance was given to the report of the
Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MLC, 2006. The CIC was carried out from September to November
2016. The general conclusion was that the results show a proper implementation of the MLC requirements on board
the ships inspected, and compliance on the MLC areas focused on in the questionnaire.
The Committee adopted the 2016 Annual Report, including the White, Grey and Black List and the performance list
of recognized organizations and informed that the lists will be published in early June and used for targeting purposes
from 1 July 2017. Moreover, the Annual Report will be published by the end of July this year.
Paris MoU said that the number of ships which have been refused access to the region after multiple detentions has
increased from 11 to 20.
Five ships have been refused access for the second time. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the New Inspection

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maritime Security Update covers the period of March 12, 2017 to April 13, 2017.

Maritime Security Update covers the period of March 12, 2017 to April 13, 2017.



SOUTHEAST ASIA

Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 01:43N - 101:264E, Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, Dumai, Indonesia
Event Description: Robbery Product Tanker

A robber attempted to board the anchored product tanker Ping An. Alert crew noticed the robber and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robber escaped in a boat with three accomplices. The robbers were apprehended by Indonesian Marine Police who were patrolling in the vicinity.

Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 03:43.08S – 114:25.08E, Taboneo Anchorage, Banjarmasin, Indonesia.
Event Description: Robbery Bulk Carrier

Duty AB on routine rounds onboard the anchored bulk carrier Ocean Ambition noticed the forecastle store door lock was broken. Further checks made on the forecastle indicated that the hawse pipe cover securing arrangements were cut through. The AB immediately informed the bridge and alarm raised. Crew mustered and went to the forecastle and found ship’s stores were stolen. Port Control informed.

Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 01:07.00N - 103:32.30E, Around 7.1nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Event Description: Armed Robbery Crude Tanker

Two suspicious speed boats with 2-3 persons in each boat approached a tanker underway. Master took evasive actions, sounded the ship’s horn and directed the signalling lamp towards the boats. At a distance of 15 metres from the tanker the boats aborted and moved away. The tanker continued her passage.

Date: 23 March 2017
Location: 13:43.7N – 121:02.20E, Batangas Anchorage, Philippines
Event Description: Armed Robbery Chemical Tanker

Duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed a robber on the forecastle as he approached during routine rounds. The robber threatened the crew with a knife, resulting in the duty crew raising the alarm and retreating. Seeing the crew alertness, the robber escape in a boat. On conducting a thorough security check, ship properties found missing. Incident reported to the Philippines Coast Guard and Port Authority.

Date: 23 March 2017
Location: 06° 34.8' N, 122° 44.7' E Approximately 26 nm east of Matanal Point, Basilan, Philippines
Event Description: Kidnapping from Tug

Tug boat, Super Shuttle Tug 1 towing roro cargo ship, Super Shuttle Roro 9 was en route from Cebu to General Santos City when four armed men boarded the tug boat from three wooden green speed boats. They abducted two crew (identified as the boat captain and chief engineer, both of Filipino nationality), and fled towards mainland Basilan. There were two armed men on board each speed boat. The remaining crew was safe and reported the incident to Philippine Coast Guard Station Zamboanga who immediately coordinated with local authorities and deployed floating assets to conduct maritime patrol in the vicinity.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

INDUSTRY UPDATES - 13/04/17

INDUSTRY UPDATES - 13/04/17
  • 1. India's February factory output falls 1.2% on slack consumer demand 
  • NINL despatches highest pig iron in March
  • RINL, Visakhapatnam Steel record 11 pct growth in hot metal production in FY17 
  • JSW Steel raises USD 500 mln through unsecured notes
  • Hoffman Industries completes zinc-plating plant at welded tube facility
  • EU ends reinvestigation of AD duties on stainless CR flat steel from Taiwan 
  • Duferco buys last plant belonging to Italian steel group Stefana
  • USDOC to determine final CVD investigation  on Turkish welded carbon steel tubes
  • US sheet steel buyers avoid building inventory amid fears of price erosion
  • USDOC to raise AD duty on South Korean steel pipe imports
  • Bangladesh's Abul Khair Steel commissions galv lines
  • Italian steelmaker Aferpi to resume production of rails
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Renewal IOPP Survey prior the entry into force of the BWM Convention on September 08, 2017.

Renewal IOPP Survey prior the entry into force of the BWM Convention on September 08, 2017.
This circular provides information for a smooth transition towards the .implementation of BWM Convention
Considering that neither the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by
the Protocol 1978 (MARPOL Convention), nor the Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Surveys and
Certification (HSSC) prohibits the renewal inspections in advance or the de-harmonization of the IOPP Certificates, it
has been accepted the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate from being de-harmonized from all
other statutory certificates, in order to provide enough time to all applicable vessels to comply with the BWM
Convention requirements.
The de-harmonization of the IOPP survey will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by each Flag. Upon completion of
the early renewal IOPP survey, the RO shall issue a new Certificate with validity of 5 years.
BWM Convention requirements
Prior September 08, 2017, on board all applicable vessels an approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) and
a Ballast Water Management Certificate (BWMC) or Statement of Compliance must exist.
After September 08, 2017 and vessel’s first IOPP Renewal Survey, Owners must install on board their vessels the
ballast treatment system.
Act now
Owners / Managers / Operators are encouraged to re-harmonize the IOPP surveys and Certificate into the Harmonized
System of Surveys and Certification (HSSC) in the future. The de-harmonization of the IOPP certificate can be done
only prior 8th September 2017, when the BWM Convention enters into force

Saturday, April 1, 2017

LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS DD31.03.2017

MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.15
Annex, page 1
ANNEX
LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RECEIPT, TRANSMISSION AND PROCESSING OF
URGENT REPORTS ON INCIDENTS INVOLVING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES,
INCLUDING OIL FROM SHIPS TO COASTAL STATES
1 The following information is provided to enable compliance with Regulation 37 of
MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan
(SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a
pollution incident involving such substances. Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans
and relevant oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in Articles 3 and 4 of the 1990
OPRC Convention.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Unified Interpretations




Unified Interpretations relating to the application of SOLAS Regs II-2/10.2.1.3, II-2/10.2.2.4.1.2, II 2/10.7.3.2.3 and II-2/19.3.1, as amended, and par. 2.2.1.1 of Ch. 12 of The FSS Code

This circular informs Owners having ships designed to carry five or more tiers of containers on or above the weather deck with the requirements related to fire pumps.

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-seventh session (21 to 25 November 2016), approved the Unified interpretations relating to the application of SOLAS regulations II-2/10.2.1.3, II-2/10.2.2.4.1.2, II-2/10.7.3.2.3 and II-2/19.3.1, as amended, and paragraph 2.2.1.1 of chapter 12 of the FSS Code in order to facilitate global and consistent implementation of the requirements related to fire pumps in ships designed to carry five or more tiers of containers on or above the weather deck.
SOLAS regulation II-2/10 – Fire fighting
SOLAS regulation II-2/19 – Carriage of dangerous goods

Monday, February 20, 2017

Guidelines for onboard sampling for the verification of the Sulphur Content of the Fuel Oil

Guidelines for onboard sampling for the verification

of the Sulphur Content of the Fuel Oil
This circular aims to inform Shipowners with the agreed method for sampling to
enable effective control and enforcement of liquid fuel oil being used on board ships
under the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI.

Notice to: Ship Owners / Managers / Operators | Surveyors

 20 February 2017
Through MEPC.1/Circ.864, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), adopted the following guidelines under the
provisions of MARPOL Annex VI, giving an agreed method for sampling to enable effective control and