USA – Tank Vessel Operator Convicted and Sentenced for Oil Discharge Offense, Vessel Captain Indicted

    (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A vessel operating company, was convicted and sentenced on Feb 13, 2019 in the Western District of Louisiana, for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from the tank vessel Ridgebury Alexandra Z, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Environment and Natural Resources Division and United…

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The world merchant fleet statistics 2017 from Equasis and EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This report provides a picture of the world’s merchant fleet in 2017, derived from data contained in the Equasis database. It examines the structure and characteristics of the fleet and its performance. The statistics are grouped into themes which could be of interest to the industry and regulators. The themes are as follows: The Merchant Fleet…

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Flag State Control in the USA – 2017 Report

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This Report collates data from the Coast Guard’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2017 calendar year. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of responsibility contained 12,189 vessels with active COIs. There were 905 Marine Inspectors (MIs) assigned to field units who conducted 18,424 inspections. As this is…

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BIMCO – Paris MOU Port State Control inspection guide (05/2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) More than 18,000 Port State Control inspections annually take place on board foreign ships in the Paris MoU ports, ensuring that these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions. The basic principle is that the prime responsibility for compliance with the requirements laid down in the international maritime conventions lies…

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Movers and Shakers – Luc Smulders takes over from Richard Schiferli as the new Secretary General at the Paris MoU on Port State Control

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Mr. Luc Smulders has been appointed as the new Secretary General at the Secretariat of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control. He is succeeding Mr. Richard Schiferli who retired on November 1, 2018 after 29 years of service to the Paris MoU. Mr. Smulders stated: “I am very much looking forward to…

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Port State Control CIC on MARPOL Annex VI (Air pollution) from 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2018 – Checklist and Guidance provided

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI (Air pollution). This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2018 and ending 30 November 2018. A ship will be subject to one inspection under this CIC during…

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Paris MOU – Port State Control CIC results on Safety of Navigation, including ECDIS (2017)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) on Port State Control (PSC) carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation including ECDIS jointly with the Tokyo MOU between 1 September 2017 and 30 November 2017. During the CIC, member States focussed on compliance with areas specified by the CIC including ECDIS requirements during…

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