Ship to Ship Transfers and new VIQ requirements by OCIMF

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) OCIMF recently published the new VIQ-7 questionnaire which will be in effect from 17 September 2018 onward. With respect to Ship to Ship transfer Operations a radical update took place, incorporating requirements of MARPOL as well as best practice processes referring to record keeping, beyond to the checklists used until now. The new requirements (Section 8.54 of…

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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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Cyprus Flag Administration updates the Directory of Services and contact persons 23 July 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Shipping (Cyprus DMS), has recently issued an updated version of their Directory of Services, and contact persons. This can be downloaded at the bottom of this article. Cyprus is an international maritime centre, boasting strength, breadth and experience, attracting quality tonnage and increasing numbers of first-rate shipping companies from…

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Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) preliminary report on the YM Efficiency loss of containers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 1 June 2018, at about 0035 Eastern Standard Time, the Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency (Figure 1) lost 81 containers overboard in gale-force weather conditions. At the time of the container loss, the ship was about 16 NM east-south-east of Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). The occurrence also resulted in damage to a further 62 containers…

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