World’s first Singapore-based MaritimeTech accelerator launched

Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars announced that they are to launch the world’s first global MaritimeTech startup accelerator, ‘EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered’ by Techstars. This start-up accelerator, that will be based in EPS’s headquarters in Singapore, collaboration will be the first of its kind to target the maritime industry. The ‘EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered’ aspires to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs in the industry.

Specifically, from April 2019, the...

US National Maritime Center re-opens after partial shutdown

The National Maritime Centre (NMC) announced on January 28 that it has re-opened and that applies measures to highlight the increased levels of application inventory. NMC is working to minimize the negative impact to the maritime industry and will publish additional information regarding furlough recovery operations as needed.

Merchant Mariner Credentials and Medical Certifications, concerning only National Endorsements, scheduled to expire in December 2018, January 2019, or February 2019 remain...

Hong Kong to trial drones for shipping emissions due to sulphur regs

Hong Kong authorities aim to fight air pollution coming from vessels with the help of flying drones that will monitor ship emissions. Newly designed sensors can detect pollutants from vessels up to 50 metres from source, with move set to be launched by end of 2019. The drones were designed by the University of Science and Technology and will be flown into smoke plumes spewed from ships to conduct real-time measurements mainly of sulphur dioxide emissions.

Mainly, from 1 January 2019, all vessels...

USCG conducts patrols on fishery regs in the High Seas

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continue their South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and global security missions. Mellon’s crew is helping the Commission enforce its regulations on the tuna fishing industry, a $5 billion per year fishery that is essential to economies in the South Pacific.

Commonly, a suspect vessel cannot be inspected and searched in international waters unless it is stateless or the people onboard has...

Member states, EU agree on amendment related to ship inspection after Brexit

The European Union is adapting legislation to make sure of the legal certainty of vessel operators after Brexit. Member states’ ambassadors meeting in the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved amended rules on the assessment of ship inspection organisations, whose task it is to ensure the safety of ships and prevent marine pollution. The presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 21 January.

Specifically, EU flag states are able to represent...

Port of Vancouver publishes updated information guide

Port of Vancouver published its ‘Port Information Guide’ focusing on practises and procedures applicable to all vessels operating  within defined vessel operating areas in the port authority’s jurisdiction to support the safe and efficient movement of trade. The port authority makes amendments, in accordance with Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act.

The port launched its updates in order to promote safety within its area, focusing mostly on speed limits. Specifically the port is able to:

  • monitor...

China MSA: Regulation on data collection for energy consumption of vessels

UK P&I Club advises members that a new regulation on data collection for energy consumption of vessels has been enacted by the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration, which was put forward on January 1, 2019. According to the new regulation, applicable vessels calling at Chinese ports are to submit to the MSA the ‘Data Report Format for Energy Consumption of Ships’, and providing information on the last voyage, prior to their departure from the port.

The principal options of the new regulation,...

MPA Singapore: Training and certification requirements for ships in Polar Waters

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) published a paper on training and certification requirements for ships operating in Polar waters and for those ships which hold Polar Ship Certificate issued in accordance with the Polar Code.

During the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers that took place on 2016, mandatory minimum training and qualifications for masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters was decided.


Ukraine to comply with IMO load lines convention

Ukraine has acceded to the 1988 Protocol relating to the International Convention on Load Lines. On Wednesday, December 5, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, agreed with IMO to deposit the instruments of accession.

The 1988 Protocol relating to the International Convention on Load Lines defines the limitations on the draught to which a ship may be loaded. It makes a significant contribution to the ship’s safety. These limits are given in the form of freeboards,...

Ensuring electronic data exchange in West Africa

As from April 2019, ships and ports will need to be able to exchange arrival and departure data electronically, under IMO’s Facilitation Convention. To facilitate compliance with this measure, training took place in Guinea from 13 to 15 of November and in Mauritania, from 20 to 22 of November.

IMO’s Facilitation Convention requires electronic data exchange to be implemented by all FAL Convention ships and ports. These requirements also encourage the use of a single window in which all the many...

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