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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Updates on the G8 Guidelines of the Ballast Water Management Convention Following the 70th session of the Maritime Safety Protection Committee (MEPC) carried out in IMO on 24th to 28th of October 2016, revised guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) have been adopted.



Updates on the G8 Guidelines of the Ballast Water Management Convention

Following the 70th session of the Maritime Safety Protection Committee (MEPC) carried out in IMO on 24th to 28th of October 2016, revised guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) have been adopted.

Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) shall be approved in accordance with the standards set in the G8 Guidelines. These were developed by IMO to establish an orderly process whereby candidate technologies are tested in land based and shipboard tests and certified by IMO Member States if they meet the required discharge criteria. Ensuring installed treatment systems consistently and reliably meet the required discharge standard not only protects the environment by reducing the transfer of aquatic invasive species between ecosystems, but also provides vessel Owners with confidence that use of a type approved system will enable the vessel to comply with the standard wherever the vessel calls.

Unfortunately, there have been recent cases in which IMO type approved ballast water treatment systems have failed to meet the D-2 standard when subject to additional testing and/or evaluation. Following these incidents, it has been decided to start a review process of the G8 guidelines.

Through MEPC 70, the revised G8 Guidelines were finally adopted.  Concerning the application dates of the revised Guidance, the Committee has agreed that the revised G8 will be effective from the day of the adoption of the resolution but the existing G8 guidelines may be used until October 28, 2018 in approving BWMS. Also, BWMS installed on or after October 28, 2020 should meet the new G8 guidelines. BWMS installed prior to October 28, 2020 should be approved taking in to account either existing G8 guidelines or preferably revised G8 guidelines.

It was also agreed that the approval process should be made mandatory and the MEPC instructed the IMO Secretariat to prepare the “Code for approval of ballast water management systems” as well as draft amendments to the BWM Convention making the Code mandatory and renamed. Thus, the Committee instructed the IMO Secretariat to prepare a draft of the Code, and prepare draft amendments to regulation D-3 of the BWM Convention, to reflect the mandatory status of the Code, for circulation upon entry into force of the Convention. These draft texts will be considered at MEPC 71.

D-2 Standard postponement

existing ships will be required to install onboard a ballast water treatment system (D-2 Standard) by the first renewal survey of the IOPP Certificate following the entry into force date of the Convention, i.e. September 08, 2017.

On the other hand, MEPC 70 has discussed two submissions proposing a further postponement of the D-2 standard implementation. The agreed way forward was that the decision taken by MEPC 69 on the draft amendments to regulation B-3 would be maintained for the time being, and an alternative text for the amendments would be considered during MEPC 71 together with the original one.

The alternative option would allow ships whose IOPP Certificate expires between the entry into force date of the Convention and September 08, 2019 to fit the BWTS at the second IOPP renewal survey following the entry into force date, whilst ships with an IOPP renewal date after September 08, 2019 would be required to maintain the first IOPP renewal date for fitting the treatment system.

As the final decision on the option to be used will be taken at MEPC 71 in May 2017, Dromon shall notify accordingly all Owners / Managers / Operators through a Circular for the possible postponement of the D-2 standard implementation.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

NEW CALLING INSTRUCTIONS KALYMNOS

PORT DETAILS
AGENT CONTACT DETAILS
NAME
ARGO S.A. TERMINAL
NAME
MICHAEL P. PSAROMPAS
POSITION
Lat: 36˚ 56’ 97’’ N - Lon: 027˚ 00’ 75’’ E
ADDRESS
Enoria Xristou, 85200 Kalymnos - Greece
ADDRESS
Gianohorafa, 85200 Kalymnos - Greece
TEL / FAX NO
0030 22430 59770 / 59779
TERMINAL VHF CH.
14
MOBILE NO
0030 6944189700
PORT STATE CONTROL VHF CH.
12
E-MAIL 1
DELIVERIES ONLY DURING DAYLIGHT
E-MAIL 2
mpsarompas@argo-oil.gr
IMPORTANT NOTES:
Following the PORT STATE CONTROL reporting obligations, please provide our office the following details/forms/documents at least 72 hrs prior vessel’s arrival or before departure from your last port, if the voyage is expected to take less than 72 hrs. If vessel is to arrive during weekend the following details must be at our office the latest by Friday morning 11.00 lt. Vessel must give our office 72/48/24/12 hrs ETA notice. Delay or missing to comply with these obligations, may cause a ship to be targeted for inspection, and/or may cause a FINE from the PORT STATE CONTROL. 
A)    VESSEL DETAILS
1
NAME

2
FLAG

3
IMO

4
CALL SIGN

5
MMSI

6
PORT OF REGISTRY

7
GRT

8
NRT

9
LOA

10
DRAUGHT MAX

11
TYPE OF CARGO

12
LAST PORT

13
NEXT PORT

14
ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL (ETA)
DATE:                        LOCAL TIME:
15
OWNERS / MANAGERS

16
TOTAL CREW / PASSENGER ON BOARD

17
MASTER’S NAME

18
VESSEL’S MOBILE

19
BUNKER TANK CAPACITY
m3 or MT
20
REMAIN BUNKER ON BOARD UPON ARRIVAL
m3 or MT
21
MAIN ENGINE (power)
Hp or Kw

Furthermore, as per ISPS and SSN (Safe Sea Net) regulations please be kind enough to fill bellow listed forms and send back to our office by email or fax, together with following documents:
B)    VESSEL FORMS:
1.     ISPS PREARRIVAL FORM (for all vessels)
2.     SSN 72 hrs PREARRIVAL FORM
3.     ANEX II - WASTE INFO FORM
C)    VESSEL DOCUMENTS:
1.     CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRY
2.     CERTIFICATE OF SECURITY
3.     CREW LIST
4.     CARGO MANIFEST (if not at Ballast condition)

FINAL NOTE: Our office will not deal with any other need which may arise during vessel’s stay at Kalymnos Island unless we have a prior written confirmation from vessel’s owners/brokers that any expenses incurred will be paid in full by them.

BEST REGARDS,

PSAROMPAS SHIPPING AGENCY

Monday, October 3, 2016

Following Finland's accession of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), IMO has confirmed that the Convention will enter into force on 8th of September 2017.

to: Owners / Managers / Operators / Surveyors / Flag Administrations

Following Finland's accession of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’
Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), IMO has confirmed that the Convention will enter into force
on 8th of September 2017.


Finland's agreement is said to bring the combined tonnage of the Convention's 52 contracting states to 35.14% of the
world's merchant shipping fleet. The BWM Convention states that will enter into force 12 months after a minimum of
30 states, representing 35% of world merchant shipping tonnage had ratified the agreement.

"This is a truly significant milestone for the health of our planet," said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

The aim of the BWM Convention is to engage States to minimise and ultimately eliminate the transfer of harmful
aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of sea ballast water and sediments.

The BWM Convention apply to all ships except:
- ships not designed or constructed to carry ballast water
- ships operating exclusively in waters under the jurisdiction of a Party, unless the party determines that the
discharge of ballast water from such ships would impair or damage their environment
- warships, naval auxiliary or other ships owned or operated by a Party
- ships with permanent ballast water not subject to discharge.

All ships will be required by 8th of September 2017 to carry on board:
- a “Ballast Water Management Plan” approved by the Administration or the Recognized Organization (RO),
- a “Ballast Water Record Book” for the recording of each operation concerning ballast water management;
and
- an “International Ballast Water Management Certificate” with a five year validity and subject to annual,
intermediate and renewal surveys. For those flag States that have not ratified the Convention, will be issuing
an “International Ballast Water Management Statement of Compliance”.

All vessels must be installed with a Ballast Water Management System for the treatment of ballast water before
discharged is made. As per the IMO Resolution A.1088(28) a schedule has been implemented for the installation of
BWM treatment technology. This states that existing ships must be installed with a BWM treatment technology at the
“first IOPP renewal survey after the entry into force of the Convention”. Therefore existing ships must be retrofitted
with a BWM treatment technology at the first IOPP renewal survey after 8th of September 2017. For ships
constructed after the entry into force date, will have to be compliant on delivery.

   



Act now


Ship-owners / Managers are recommended to take action for the implementation of the Convention’s requirements.

Ship Owners / Managers must prepare and submit to Engineering Department the BWM Plan as soon as possible, to
avoid any problems or delays due to the submission of a great number of plans in the very close period to the entry
into force of the Convention.

In addition, survey department will start from January 2017 to conduct initial surveys and issue the applicable
certificate to the ship. An initial survey can be carried out on board after the BWM Plan has been reviewed and
approved on behalf of the flag State. In case the BWM Plan has not been reviewed and approved before the initial
survey, Engineering Department will be issuing a letter confirming that the BWM Plan has been received and is under
review.

Ship owners / Managers must start considering the installation of a BWM treatment system on board their ships. In
any case, each ship must be installed with a BWM treatment system by the first IOPP survey after 8th of September
2017. In case a BWM treatment system is installed after the approval of BWM Plan, the Plan must be re-submitted to
Engineering Department for re-approval taking into account the installation of the treatment plant (i.e. Regulation D-
2)

Friday, September 30, 2016

CONTACT POINTS DATED 30.09.2016

MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.14
30 September 2016
ANNEX 2
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.

2 This information is also provided to enable compliance with Regulation 17 of
MARPOL Annex II which, inter alia, requires that the shipboard marine pollution emergency
plans for oil and/or noxious liquid substances shall contain a list of authorities or persons to
be contacted in the event of a pollution incident involving such substances. In this context,
requirements for emergency plans and reporting for hazardous and noxious substances are
also contained in Article 3 of the 2000 OPRC-HNS Protocol.
3 Resolution MEPC.54(32), as amended by resolution MEPC.86(44), on the SOPEP
Guidelines and resolution MEPC.85(44), as amended by resolution MEPC.137(53), on the
Guidelines for the development of Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plans for Oil
and/or Noxious Liquid Substances adopted by the IMO require that these shipboard pollution
emergency plans should include, as an appendix, the list of agencies or officials of
administrations responsible for receiving and processing reports. Such list is developed and
up-dated by the Organization in compliance with Article 8 (Reports on incidents involving
harmful substances) and Protocol I (Provisions concerning Reports on Incidents Involving
Harmful Substances) of the MARPOL Convention. Under Article 8 of the MARPOL
Convention, each Party to the Convention shall notify the Organization with complete details
of authorities responsible for receiving and processing reports on incidents for circulation to
other Parties and Member States of the Organization. Attention is also drawn to both
Guidelines which stipulate that "in the absence of a listed focal point, or should any undue
delay be experienced in contacting the responsible authority by direct means, the master
should be advised to contact the nearest coastal radio station, designated ship movement
reporting station or rescue co-ordination centre (RCC) by the quickest available means".
4 The "List of national operational contact points responsible for the receipt,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

1: North American phone calling codes

1: North American Numbering Plan Area


Countries within NANP (North American Numbering Plan) administered areas are assigned area codes as if they were all within one country. The codes below in format +1 XXX represent area code XXX within the +1 NANP zone – not a separate country code.
The North American Numbering Plan Area includes:
  • +1 –  Canada
  • +1 –  United States, including United States territories:
    • +1 340 –  United States Virgin Islands
    • +1 670 –  Northern Mariana Islands
    • +1 671 –  Guam
    • +1 684 –  American Samoa
    • +1 787 / 939 –  Puerto Rico
  • +1 Many, but not all, Caribbean nations and some Caribbean Dutch and British Overseas Territories:
    • +1 242 –  Bahamas
    • +1 246 –  Barbados
    • +1 264 –  Anguilla
    • +1 268 –  Antigua and Barbuda
    • +1 284 –  British Virgin Islands
    • +1 345 –  Cayman Islands
    • +1 441 –  Bermuda
    • +1 473 –  Grenada
    • +1 649 –  Turks and Caicos Islands
    • +1 664 –  Montserrat
    • +1 721 –  Sint Maarten
    • +1 758 –  Saint Lucia
    • +1 767 –  Dominica
    • +1 784 –  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • +1 809 / 829 / 849 –  Dominican Republic
    • +1 868 –  Trinidad and Tobago
    • +1 869 –  Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • +1 876 –  Jamaica