Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) – Risks and Regulatory issues

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Increased automation on-board ships, which could reach ultimately full autonomy or become remotely controlled unmanned vessels, are not a new maritime safety issue. As a matter of fact, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee discussed automated ships as early as 1964 .However, the recent technological breakthroughs in the fields of information technologies, digitalization and machine learning,…

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Thetis-Med PSC information sharing system now available

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The new information system THETIS-Med went live this month in what is seen as a milestone in the EU’s efforts to foster regional cooperation among Mediterranean countries. It will support the members of the Mediterranean Memorandum of Understanding (Med MoU) on Port State Control (PSC). It marks the beginning of a new era on how…

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Risk of fires on Ro-Ro ships (guidance)

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) commissioned a study which investigates risk control options (RCOs) for mitigating the risk from fires on ro-ro decks. The first part considers RCOs in relation to Electrical Fire as ignition risk and the second part considers RCOs to mitigate the risk of Fire Extinguishing Failure. With regards to extinguishing failure the focus has…

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2020 Sulphur Inspection Guidance from the EU (Dec 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) As the global shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, the operation of ships in a multi-fuel future is a fast approaching reality. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has posted the document Sulphur Inspection Guidance. It is intended to provide guidance to EU port state control agencies for…

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