New MLC consolidated text, including 2014 and 2016 amendments

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The celebration of the ILO Centenary started with the entry into force, on 8 January 2019, of the 2016 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, as amended (MLC, 2006) . Under the amendments, governments and shipowners are expected to adopt measures to better protect seafarers against shipboard harassment and bullying using as a reference the Guidance on Eliminating…

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OCIMF issues guidance paper on controlling VOC emissions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has issued a new information paper on volatile organic compound emissions from cargo systems on oil tankers. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are organic chemicals containing carbon atoms that easily vaporise at normal conditions and enter into the atmosphere. OCIMF’s information paper presents the technologies and methods that are currently available for…

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Flashback in maritime history – RoRo Princess Victoria sinking, claiming 133 lives, 31 Jan 1953 (Video)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) MV Princess Victoria was one of the earliest roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries. Built in 1947, she operated from Stranraer to Larne. During a severe European windstorm on 31 January 1953, she sank in the North Channel with the loss of 133 lives. This was then the deadliest maritime disaster in United Kingdom waters since World War II.…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of M/V Wilhelm Gustloff (estimated 9,300 people lost) – 30 January 1945

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The M/V Wilhelm Gustloff was launched in 1937 as a German passenger vessel. Initially used for cruises in the Baltic, it was briefly converted to a hospital ship at the start of World War II and then used as a barracks ship in German-occupied Gdynia. With the Russian assault in early 1945, the ship was designated to…

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Is the shipping industry embracing the digital age?

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The shipping industry is facing a period of great change. From an increasing focus on environmental issues, to fast-changing technology, the challenge is to keep up with the changes whilst managing spending. Reed Smith has conducted a survey in 2018 asking industry participants: How prepared are you for the digital age? In light of the responses to that survey,…

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Cyprus’ Deputy Minister of Shipping to open Digital Ship’s Vessel Performance Optimisation forum next month

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Ms Natasa Pilides, Deputy Minister of Shipping, Republic of Cyprus is to deliver the keynote address at Digital Ship’s Vessel Performance Optimisation forum held in Limassol next month. The forum will discuss how current and new digital technologies can be applied to shipping and maritime operations to improve fuel efficiency and overall vessel performance. Operating…

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