IMO Approves SOLAS Amendments for Container Weight Verification

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*+-The International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved long-awaited changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention that will require container weight verification as a condition for loading packed export containers aboard ships. Misdeclared container weights have been a long-standing problem for the transportation industry and for governments as they present […]

IMO Mandates Container Weighing

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*+-New regulations that will make it mandatory for containers to be weighed – or have their stated weight otherwise verified – are set to be introduced to international shipping after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) member states today voted in the amendment to its Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) regulations. Captain Richard Brough, technical […]

New SOLAS, MARPOL Amendments Enter Into Force – What You Need to Know

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*+-As of January 1, 2013, the International Maritime Organization has entered into force new regulations aimed at improving the energy efficiency of international shipping and preventing accidents during lifeboat launching. Here is what’s new for 2013: SOLAS Amendments Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) aimed at preventing accidents […]

Global Cruise Industry Voluntarily Adopts New Muster Drill Policy

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*+-Associations representing the global cruise industry have announced a new drill policy requiring mandatory muster drills for embarking passengers prior to departure from port.  The new policy, jointly put forward by top cruise industry association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) with support from the European Cruise Council and the Passenger Shipping Association, follows an internal […]



*+-Some years ago in a now defunct navy journal an article was written about what people think when they fall overboard. Several predominant factors were recognized: (1) Do they know I am overboard? (2) What are they doing? (3) How can I help my rescue? After some study and research the following was gleaned: a. […]

Green Lasers – Not SOLAS Approved But Can They Save Lives?

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*+-In past articles gCaptain contributor Mario Vittone has clearly illustrated the importance of flares in finding vessels in distress. And having nineteen years of combined military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the bulk of which he spent looking for mariners in distress, we value his opinion on the matter.  But Mario also […]

EU NAVFOR assists sinking vessel after release from pirate control


*+-On the morning of 9 March, marine authorities received a distress call from the MV ARAK AFRIKANA stating that they were taking on large amounts of water due to what was described as a ‘hole in the hull’.  The vessel had been released from pirate control only hours earlier. The EU NAVFOR warship SPS CANARIAS […]

Mandatory fire test procedures Code adopted by IMO Maritime Safety meeting


*+-Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), 88th session: 24 November – 3 December 2010 Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) were adopted when IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) met at the Organization’s London Headquarters […]

Longreach & SeaKettle – Dyson Innovation Award Winners


*+-Today, it seems like the most innovative designs are being funded privately by wealthy individuals, leaving corporations lagging in the R&D department. From James Cameron’s announcement to explore Challenger Deep to a nautical balloon race to the moon, today’s pioneers are after fame, glory and, of course, prize money. Not to be outdone by the […]