Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sailors Team Up With Fort Schuyler To Offer STCW Like Training To Boaters And Kids

By John Konrad (gCaptain) The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), revolutionized training in the maritime industry by giving mariners hands on and practical safety training....

May 20, 2018
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

History: SS Eastland, The Ship That SOLAS Sunk

What is the “Eastland Phenomena”? by Dave Lochbaum (AllThingsNuclear) The sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage has been immortalized in countless books, articles, movies, and documentaries. Billions of people across the...

August 18, 2016
Total Views: 72

Friday, July 1, 2016
Maritime News

New SOLAS Regs Tackle Confined Space Entry

With most of the recent regulatory focus being on the new SOLAS verified gross mass rule for packed containers, another new regulation has entered into force aimed at enhancing the safety of seafarers entering...

July 1, 2016
Total Views: 51

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Maritime News

IMO’s Container Weight Verification Rule Enters Into Force

A long-awaited new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force on Friday amid some confusion over...

June 30, 2016
Total Views: 18

Friday, March 4, 2016
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US Exporters Exempt From SOLAS, says USCG

  By Alex Lennane, TheLoadStar – The US Coast Guard (USCG), which this week added further confusion to the soon-to-be enforced SOLAS rules on container weight verification, has written a blog post clarifying...

March 4, 2016
Total Views: 2

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Maritime News

IGF Code – IMO Adopts News Rules for Gas Fueled Ships

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.

June 16, 2015
Total Views: 35

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Maritime News

Over 4,000 Tankers Not Ready for Upcoming ECDIS Mandate

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)...

June 11, 2015
Total Views: 9

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Infographic: What the Polar Code Means for Ship Safety

What exactly does the new Polar Code mean for ship safety?

December 2, 2014
Total Views: 56

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Maritime News

IMO Approves SOLAS Amendments for Container Weight Verification

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...

May 20, 2014
Total Views: 11

Monday, January 20, 2014

NTSB Marine Safety Director: 100 Years of SOLAS

One hundred years ago today, on January 20, 1914, 13 nations agreed on the terms of the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS.

January 20, 2014
Total Views: 4

Friday, September 20, 2013

IMO Mandates Container Weighing

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...

September 20, 2013
Total Views: 3

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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New SOLAS, MARPOL Amendments Enter Into Force – What You Need to Know

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....

January 2, 2013
Total Views: 58

Thursday, April 12, 2012

IMO Reflects on Titanic Tragedy, Traces Roots of Safety of Life at Sea [VIDEO]

Video message by IMO Secretary General Mr. Koji Sekimizu on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, recalling the improvements to passenger ship safety introduced as a result of that...

April 12, 2012
Total Views: 32

Friday, February 10, 2012

Global Cruise Industry Voluntarily Adopts New Muster Drill Policy

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...

February 10, 2012
Total Views: 36

Sunday, May 1, 2011


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...

May 1, 2011
Total Views: 820

Saturday, April 2, 2011
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Green Lasers – Not SOLAS Approved But Can They Save Lives?

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....

April 2, 2011
Total Views: 39

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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...

March 10, 2011
Total Views: 1

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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...

December 22, 2010
Total Views: 13

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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...

October 6, 2010
Total Views: 11

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marine Flares – More Than Meets the Eye

Imagine, if you can, the confluence of events that would have to take place to leave you with marine flares being your primary method of signaling distress.  The number of devices that...

August 10, 2010
Total Views: 385