ICS Applauds IMO Road Map for CO2 Reduction by International Shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has applauded the agreement, last Friday, by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to develop a comprehensive Road Map for addressing CO2 emissions from international shipping – with initial CO2 reduction commitments to be agreed by IMO by 2018.

Peter Hinchliffe  low resICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, said:

“The adoption of the Road Map is a significant decision by IMO Member States that will give further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by technical and operational measures, and the binding global CO2 reduction regulations for shipping adopted by IMO in 2011, four years before the Paris Agreement.”

However, ICS says the IMO Road Map will go much further than the Paris Agreement.

“The final stage of the Road Map to be enacted by 2023 should establish a global mechanism for ensuring that these IMO CO2 reduction commitments will actually be delivered.” said Peter Hinchliffe.

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Norsafe Dubai Showcasing LSA Services and Lifting Inspection at Seatrade Middle East

Norsafe will be promoting its life-saving equipment and associated services at Seatrade Middle East in Dubai from 31st October – 2nd November 2016.

Called Norsafe Fours AS, the company has been providing life-saving equipment, training, inspection, repair and assessment services in the UAE and Gulf since 2004 and can also supply specialist personnel trained in lifting and handling for oil and gas operations.

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Global Crewing and Training Event Given Radical Makeover to Meet Future Maritime Industry’s Challenges

On 15-16 November 2016, the international crewing and training sector will meet at the world’s seafarer capital, Manila, to hear some of the world’s leading maritime pCrew-Connect-Global-logo-CMYK (1)rofessionals address the challenges faced in seafarer training, health and well-being, and recruitment.

CrewConnect Global, formerly Asia-Pacific Manning and Training, has evolved over the years to encompass global issues affecting the whole of the crewing and training sector.


This years’ conference will include key sessions on:

Maritime Manpower: Strategizing for The Future  

Speakers: Giles Heimann, Marine Bernhard Schulte Ship Management | Marcin Wolasiewicz, V.Ships | Mailyn Borillo, OSM

Training & Development in an Era of Automation: What Does It Mean for Our Crews?

Speakers: K D Adamson, Futurenautics | Troels Blicher Danielsen, Danish Maritime Authority | Phil Parry, Spinnaker Global | Kian Beng Ong, Globecomm (featuring an update on the    Cadet Task Force 2015 project)

Managing People and Personal Data: Why HR Departments Are at the Forefront of the Fight

Speakers: Capt.  John K. Hafner, Seafarer Manning & Training, International Registries, Inc. |Aron Frank Sorenson, BIMCO | Cornel Ciocan, Netvision

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Shipping Industry Meets in Tokyo to Discuss Mutual Challenges


Some 200 representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual ‘Tripartite Meeting’ on issues of common interest.


The meeting, hosted by Class NK, the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ), was this year organised by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – a task traditionally rotated among the international shipowner associations.


The Tripartite Meeting has been held every year since 2002, and after 14 successful years it was decided that it was timely to take stock of the forum’s achievements and to fine tune future aspirations.  A working group will be convened to make recommendations for consideration at next year’s meeting.

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Countdown officially starts to London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.

The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime world’s leading organisations and figures from UK Government to learn of the aspirations, plans and exciting opportunities that LISW17 will deliver between September 11-15, next year.

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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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Shipping Industry United in Seeking Further Progress on CO2 at Critical IMO Meeting

In advance of next week’s critical meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the global shipping industry has called on IMO Member States to give serious consideration to a joint industry submission regarding the need for further progress on addressing the sector’s CO2 emissions.

The joint industry submission  (made by BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and World Shipping Council) represents a unified response from the shipping industry to the Paris Agreement on climate change, which entered into force on 5 October.     Read more

Master Mariner Donal Keaney joins Hill Dickinson’s shipping team

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its London shipping team with the arrival of Master Mariner Donal Keaney, bringing the total number of Master Mariners at the firm to six.

Donal is currently studying to become admitted as a solicitor and joins Hill Dickinson from a varied seagoing, commercial and legal background. He recently spent three years with a Hong Kong legal practice, where he worked on a varied caseload of both wet and dry matters, including attendances and casualty investigations on site. Read more

Less Authority But More Responsibility: A Growing Problem For Ship Masters?

LSLC Council Member Michael Grey

LSLC Council Member Michael Grey

The position of the Ship Master, apparently enshrined in centuries of law, custom and practice, is showing evidence of strain in the light of 21st century ship operation and management. The Master’s traditional authority is widely perceived as being diminished while responsibility is being increased, frequently in matters over which he has little or no control.

 Is the role of the Master under attack? How has his authority and responsibilities been affected in an age of instant communication between ship and shore, and a growing volume of laws and regulations affecting the way the Master runs his ship?  These are the core questions for the 14th Cadwallader Debate and Dinner to consider at Drapers’ Hall, London on October 26th. The event is being organised by the London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) Maritime Business Forum.

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Bjørn Jebsen appointed new President of InterManager

InterManager, the third party and in-house ship management association, has today (Tuesday) appointed Bjørn Jebsen as its President with immediate effect.

Mr Jebsen, who was elected unopposed at today’s InterManager AGM in Singapore, succeeds Gerardo Borromeo, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of  Philippine Transmarine Carriers, who steps down after four years at the helm.

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World’s National Shipowner Associations Press Shipping’s Global Regulator to Set Timeline for Reducing Green House Gas Emissions

About 90% of global trade is moved by cargo ships which are collectively responsible for about 2.2% of the world’s total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions (similar to that emitted by international aviation). ICS logo

As a considered response to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world’s national shipowner associations – represented by their global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – have pledged their support for the development of a timeline for the further reduction of the shipping sector’s GHG emissions.

ICS has proposed that the details of a CO2 reduction commitment should be developed on behalf of the sector, as soon as possible, by the industry’s global regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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Videotel’s Ballast Water Management Programme Updated to Help Ships Comply with Newly Ratified Global Treaty

Videotel_Ballast_Water_Management (002)Immediate availability of updated programme will assist shipping in complying with maritime regulations that go into effect in 2017  

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – October 3, 2016 – VideotelTM, a KVH company (Nasdaq: KVHI), has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. Beginning next year, all ships engaged in international trade will need: a ballast water management plan to remove or neutralize harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and, an onboard record book to prove compliance.

Videotel’s training package, Ballast Water Management, Edition 2, available immediately, covers BWM plan implementation including proper record keeping and the need for operator training on a compliant onboard system to treat ballast water and eliminate unwanted organisms. The Videotel programme also describes various approved ballast water management systems that are appropriate for different types of vessels.

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