Member Alert

Member Alert

Göteborg: 31 July 2017

Monthly Web News July 2017

In June 2017 we reported the following:


BIMCO/ISCO Standard Spill Response Contracts, RESPONSECON and US RESPONSECON
10 July - Members are informed that BIMCO and ISCO (the International Spill Control Organisation), have launched two standard contracts, RESPONSECON and US RESPONSECON, for the hire of specialised spill response services and equipment.

International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments and US Ballast Water Management (BWM) Regulations
14 Juli - On 7 July 2017, the 71st session of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) reached agreement on a revised implementation schedule for the installation of a BWM system under the Convention. The revised schedule effectively postpones by two years the compliance deadline for installing an approved BWM system for ships constructed before 8 September 2017.

Member Alerts

US Supreme Court permits travel restrictions
3 July - Members are referred to Member Alert issued on 7 March 2017 about travel restrictions affecting vessel crews from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The restrictions have been legally challenged. On 26 June, however, the US Supreme Court permitted the restrictions, with some minor easings.

Ukrain flagPort Yuzhny: P&I surveyors are not able to attend urgent matters
4 July - The Ukrainian Port Yuzhny has been and still is an unauthorised zone for P&I surveyors. Independent surveyors working on shipowner's nomination encounter problems when trying to get passes to the port. As for Major Survey Companies working for cargo interests, they have permanent passes to the port and never encounter problems to obtain port passes.

Increased naval presence in the Gulf of Aden due to piracy
4 July - As a response to recent threats to merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden the Combined Maritime Forces will be increasing their presence in the said area. In addition, it is recommended that all mariners sailing through the High Risk Area register their transits with the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSC-HOA).

Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships
5 July - The second edition of the Guidelines has been compiled by the joint industry group, with members of BIMCO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO, International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), International Union of Maritime Insurance (IUMI) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar
18 July - On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, without any apparent notice,  closed their air space and territorial waters to Qatar. Saudi Arabia also closed its land border with Qatar, Qatar’s only land border with another country. Egypt has also closed its airspace to all flights to and from Qatar. The ban against Qatar may involve other countries such as Yemen.

Oil spillOil spill in Kingston Harbour
25 July - A major oil spill in the Kingston Harbour in the vicinity of Petrojam has occured and masters are adviced to take the necessary measures/precautions to prevent their hull from being coated.

Burning charcoalMonthly Safety Scenario: Incorrect declaration caused charcoal fire
28 July - In the afternoon, smoke was seen coming from the vent of one of the cargo holds. The Master sounded the general alarm and all crew were mustered and accounted for. It was found that the container that caught fire was loaded with charcoal, and that the shipper had declared that the charcoal was not IMDG dangerous cargo.

Club News

Per Olof ArnäsShipping Podcast: How does the Maritime Industry adapt to all the digital trends?
28 July - In episode 63 of Shipping Podcast, Per-Olof Arnäs, Ph.D. and Senior Lecturer in ICT-based transportation systems at Chalmers University, discusses the difference between Digitization and Digitalisation.

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