One of the world's leading paint and coating suppliers, Jotun, has co-operated with Seagull Maritime AS, to develop an informative set of e-learning modules on the theme of onboard paint maintenance, with emphasis on in-service treatments.
The Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU have announced a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on the Safety of Navigation including ECDIS. The CIC aims at checking the compliance with Safety of Navigation, including Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS). This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2017 and ending 30 November 2017.
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) was adopted in 2004 to introduce global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species. The BWM Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017 and this means that all ships are required to manage their ballast water on every voyage. The convention will affect more than 99% of the world fleet.
The marine industry experiences incidents that range from major accidents to near misses. These incidents should be investigated because the process is designed to help organisations learn from past performance and develop strategies to improve safety. Another driver is of course that flag administration regulations require it; international agreements mandate it (such as the IMO “International Safety Management Code”); and industry initiatives encourage it.
The latest issue of “The Navigator” published by The Nautical Institute reports on the issues surrounding a lack of familiarization with different ECDIS systems. The article which has the heading “Know your ECDIS – or risk detention” lays out several examples from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that has taken a strong stance on ECDIS competency as part of their Port State Control inspections.
Project MARTHA, a fatigue study to the maritime industry, highlights growing levels of fatigue, especially among Masters and Watch-Keepers.
Australian Port State Control (PSC) is known for taking a healthy interest in maritime safety, in fact the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has a strong reputation for enforcement.
One of the focus areas both in Australian ports and other ports around the world is compliance with ECDIS equipment. Recently AMSA delivered a report to IMO on the subject ECDIS and PSC inspection outlining issues of deficiencies leading to detention.
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