Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (update) – UK Code of Practice

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime UK has launched an updated version of the industry Code of Practice for autonomous vessels. The UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) published the first code of practice to global industry-wide acclaim in November 2017. Whilst not a legal text, the Code has been used by manufacturers, service providers, and others as…

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Norway – preliminary report re frigate KNM HELGE INGSTAD collision with tanker SOLA TS

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Accident Investigation Branch Norway (AIBN) issued the preliminary report of its investigation concerning the 8 November 2018 collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the Maltese registered Aftramax tanker (Greek owned by Tsakos Columbia Management)  Sola TS in Hjeltefjorden. The accident was a complex one, involving several individuals, bridge crews, vessels, a VTS and…

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New guidance for situations involving missing seafarers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) New guidance on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers has been launched for the benefit of shipping companies and manning agents. The new Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies & Manning Agents working with situations involving missing seafarers has been produced by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and…

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IMO Guide on Ship Implementation Plan of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) To assist ship operators and owners to plan ahead for the 0.50% sulphur 2020 limit, the IMO MEPC approved guidance on ship implementation planning. The guidance is part of a set of guidelines being developed by IMO for consistent implementation of the MARPOL regulation coming into effect from 1 January 2020. Details MEPC 70…

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EMSA annual overview of marine casualties and incidents 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) European Maritime safety Agency has issued the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents. It consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States. With 3301 occurrences reported in 2017, the total number of occurrences recorded in EMCIP has grown to over 20000. This amounts to an average of 3315 casualties per year…

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Flashback in maritime history – Norman Atlantic ferry fire on 28 Dec. 2014

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) MS Norman Atlantic is a roll-on/roll-off passenger (ROPAX) ferry owned by the Italian ferry company Visemar di Navigazione. The ferry was chartered by ANEK Lines from December 2014. On 28 December 2014, she caught fire in the Strait of Otranto, in the Adriatic Sea. The bodies of nine victims (three Greek, two Italian, two German, a Georgian and a Turkish passenger) were…

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