EU Member States Must Reject Euro Parliament’s Proposal Ref Global Shipping into Regional CO2 System

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet – says it is ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by today’s vote in the European Parliament to propose that international shipping (including non-EU flag ships) should be incorporated into the EU Emissions Trading System from 2023.

“This vote for a unilateral, regional measure simply risks polarising debate among IMO Member States which have already agreed to develop a strategy for reducing shipping’s CO2 emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change”. said ICS Director of Policy & External Relations, Simon Bennett.

“The vote completely ignores the real progress that has already been made by IMO – which under the Kyoto Protocol, to which EU Member States are signatory, has a mandate to address CO2 emissions from international shipping.”

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Norsafe Concerned at Spate of LSA Drill Accidents

Norsafe, global leader in lifebNORS_lo_lifeboatbuilder_Foat design, manufacture, and training, is concerned about recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents which have seriously injured or even led to fatalities among crew.

A report in April 2016 by academics at the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel schedules often did not allow sufficient time for drills and crew were often too frightened to take part as they had not been properly trained in using the equipment.

“A lifeboat is your last chance to evacuate a vessel, when it is not safe to be onboard or use other means of evacuation so it is vital that crew are properly trained on the LSA and take part in regular drills,” said Endre Eidsvik, SVP of Service for Norsafe.

“Skimping on training to save money is not an option and can cost lives. A lifeboat and its launching system is designed, built, tested and installed to a set of strict guidelines so it should be possible to safely embark and launch it even in rough weather, and under the worst trim and list conditions of the vessel,” he continued.

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Videotel Training Programmes to Receive Credit Toward Science Degrees as Part of Agreement with Marine Learning Alliance

Credit for prior learning will be given to seafarers who have successfully completed Videotel programmes and are pursuing maritime science degrees

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, U.K. – April 7, 2016 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programmes and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has announced a partnership with the Marine Learning Alliance (MLA), a U.K.-based specialist in marine industry education and training, to award credits toward a bachelors or masters degree of science (BSc or MSc) to seafarers who have completed certain Videotel courses. Read more

Shipping companies encouraged to use new transitional measures for ship recycling

 

Shipping companies are being strongly encouraged to use new ‘Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling’ launched by a wide coalition of international shipping industry organisations.

The purpose of the new ‘Transitional Measures’ – developed by an inter-industry working group led by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is to help shipowners ensure to the greatest extent possible that their end of life ships will be recycled at facilities that are compliant with the standards enshrined in the IMO Hong Kong Convention, in advance of the global regime entering into legal force.

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InterManager President’s New Year Message: looking back, staying the course, challenging the norms

As 2015 draws to a close, we pause to reflect on the past 12 months which have certainly been interesting, challenging and at times confusing in terms of the signals that the global market place has been sending out.

Topping this very dynamic landscape and seascape has been a keen interest to try and get ahead of the trends in order to position ourselves for the anticipated better days ahead. Unfortunately, such jockeying of positions appears to have only compounded what was already a challenging situation. The net result turning out to be what Alan Greenspan once described as “irrational exuberance” in terms of the behaviour of many towards the different markets that we engage in. Read more

Global Shipping Industry Welcomes ‘Paris Agreement’

The global shipping industry, represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) throughout the United Nations Climate Change Conference, greatly welcomes the ‘Paris Agreement’, adopted unanimously on 12 December by 195 nations.

The shipping industry remains committed to ambitious CO2 emission reduction across the entire world merchant fleet, reducing CO2 per tonne-km by at least 50% before 2050 compared to 2007. Read more

Global shipping industry will support further CO2 reduction measures at IMO, regardless of final outcome of Paris conference

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which has represented global ship operators throughout the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, has commented on the latest draft UNFCCC text which – although still not finalised – currently contains no explicit reference to international shipping (or aviation). Read more

Shipping industry supports global climate change deal and is committed to ambitious CO2 reduction led by IMO

The global shipping industry, represented at the United Nations Conference in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), fully supports a global deal on climate change.

The shipping industry is committed to ambitious CO2 emissions reduction across the entire world merchant fleet. This will best be guaranteed if further regulation continues to be led by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). Read more

Entry into Force of IMO Ballast Convention Will Not Resolve US Difficulties says ICS

ICS notes that the IMO Secretary General has announced that the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force worldwide from 24 November 2016, following ratification by Indonesia (subject to IMO’s verification of the gross tonnage data relating to Indonesia’s registered fleet).

ICS believes it is now incumbent upon IMO to finalise the revision of the G8 Type Approval Guidelines as soon as possible, in order to ensure that shipowners can have absolute confidence that the expensive equipment they will soon have to install will be effective in treating ballast water conditions normally encountered during worldwide operations and be regarded as fully compliant during Port State Control inspections.   Read more

Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s Director General elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors, World Maritime University

Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as recognition for the MAJ’s focus on training and the Admiral’s crucial role within the international shipping sector. Read more

2015 Tripartite Meeting Discussions

The annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16 and 17 October 2015. The meeting was attended by 100 high level representatives of the industry, including chairmen and executives of the Round Table Associations (BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) and OCIMF, IACS with its Class Society Members and CESS with the Shipbuilder Associations. Read more

VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES ENERGY MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

London, U.K. – 26 January 2015 – VideotelTM, a KVH company, has developed a training course designed to guide maritime personnel in addressing one of the industry’s most important issues: energy management. Experts agree that effective energy management is not just good business practice but also demonstrates a company’s commitment to help reduce its carbon footprint and world energy use.

Called “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course,” the Videotel program is designed to help organisations achieve effective energy management by setting out a sequence of procedures and systems for them to implement. Gaining ISO 50001 gives a company a competitive edge through improved environmental performance and productivity and reduced fuel costs. It also helps to minimise risk and increase energy security.

“This is an excellent programme for ship owners and ship managers who want to review their energy performance,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Whilst ships are considered to be the most fuel-efficient way of transporting cargo, there are still areas where improvements can be made. By following our course, shipping personnel will learn how to successfully implement an energy management programme that will not only help to reduce their company’s operating costs but will also result in a better environment.”

The Videotel course includes seven modules aimed at officers, crew, and shore-based staff, and presents the information by depicting how a fictitious shipping company is going about establishing and implementing an energy management system (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001.

This approach is important as it is vital that the learner can relate to the issues that may arise in a similar type of business. The course also includes shipping-industry-specific measures relating to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, such as MARPOL’s progressively tighter fuel and emission controls in Emission Control Areas, a major compliance issue for maritime operators.

Videotel’s “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course” is delivered using interactive e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT), allowing learners to follow easy on-screen instructions. This approach will help shipping personnel implement the standard far more easily as they will have gone through relevant scenarios specific to a shipping company.

VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES ENCLOSED SPACE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

London, U.K. – 08 January 2015 – VideotelTM, in conjunction with Mines Rescue Marine, has launched the innovative and unique Enclosed Space Management System, designed to help effectively assess, audit and manage the safety of enclosed spaces on board ship and combat the number of accidents and fatalities that all too often occur when problem areas are overlooked.

Beneficial to crew; contractors; surveyors; port state inspectors and office staff; this is currently the only computer-based system available that enables vessels and installations to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adopted Resolution A.1050(27) “Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces Aboard Ships”, Section 3 – Safety Management for Entry into Enclosed Spaces, as well as the latest SOLAS recommendations for enclosed spaces.

It provides an auditing process to follow, allowing safety risks to be identified and solutions to be put in place. All crew members can contribute to this ‘living’ system by adding their own comments, photographs and experiential data to each space record, ensuring that knowledge is retained and the risk of safety being affected by crew changes is lowered. It also provides ready access to all essential information needed to enter and work within an enclosed space as safely as possible. Gathered information can be viewed ashore as well as on board and a PDF report can be sent directly to any third party by email, as required. All data entered is stored and hosted, and the system itself is updated at regular intervals to reflect changes in laws and regulations.

The Enclosed Space Management System’s auditing process allows for the assessment of internal spaces, entry points and rescue requirements, e.g. the size of manholes; difficulty of entry; ability to rig a man riding winch for rescue purposes; availability and effectiveness of communications; dimensions of the space; internal design features; and the ability to operate whilst wearing breathing apparatus. It also prompts the user to record the manpower and equipment requirements for both entry into and potentially rescue from, a space. On completion of the audit, a simple traffic light warning system is provided, based on the degree of difficulty to get into, operate inside and rescue from each space.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, says: “We are very proud of the Enclosed Space Management System which, we believe, will make a meaningful contribution to industry efforts in the prevention of needless loss of life. As a further extension of its all-encompassing programs on enclosed spaces, Videotel is pleased to be able to take this unique step in helping the maritime industry take a proactive approach towards a significant reduction in issues involving enclosed spaces.”

Raal Harris, Director of e-Learning & Digital Media at Videotel, explained: “We have spent two years working with Mines Rescue Marine researching and developing the Enclosed Space Management System. The Mines Rescue Service has a vast amount of experience and knowledge, as well as specialist skills in the field of rescuing mineworkers from underground. This, combined with Videotel’s expertise in training and e-Learning, has resulted in a practical, easy-to-use system designed to become an essential part of everyday life in the shipping industry.”

Adam Allan, Managing Director of Mines Rescue Marine, states: ”This is the culmination of a two-year project initiated by our realisation that one of the major problems on ships and offshore installations was the lack of detailed audited information on enclosed spaces, and a specifically designed depository for it. We felt that if we could provide a facility which shares information with not only crew members, but others working on board, such as surveyors and contractors, it would considerably increase the safety of people entering and working in these spaces. Together with our partner Videotel, we developed the Enclosed Space Management System, the only such system in the world. We believe it will change the way in which enclosed spaces are dealt with forever.”