IGF Code – IMO Adopts News Rules for Gas Fueled Ships

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  The International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted new rules for ships powered by gases such as LNG and other low-flashpoint fuels. During the MSC's 95th session held from June 3 to 12, the Committee formally adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using gases or other Low-flashpoint fuels, aka the IGF Code, along with … [Read more...]

Over 4,000 Tankers Not Ready for Upcoming ECDIS Mandate

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More than half of the world's tankers of 3,000 gross tonnes or more will comply with new SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of an Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) that will enter into force on 1 July 2015, but still over 4,000 tankers are not yet ready. Of the 8,750+ tankers in the global fleet that are required to comply … [Read more...]

Infographic: What the Polar Code Means for Ship Safety

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Last month, the International Maritime Organization adopted the landmark "Polar Code", the first mandatory blanket legislation for the improved safety of ships operating in the world's polar regions. The new Code specifically addresses potential hazards unique to arctic and antarctic environments, such as ice, remoteness and rapidly changing and severe weather … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

NTSB Marine Safety Director: 100 Years of SOLAS

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By Tracy Murrell, Director of NTSB Office of Marine Safety Twenty minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, with more than 2,200 passengers and crew aboard, struck an iceberg. At 2:20 the next morning, the state-of-the-art liner sank beneath the cold waters of the North Atlantic, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 men, women, and children. Tragically, … [Read more...]

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 director at … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]