IMO: new protocols designed to lift barriers for safe crew changes

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic to all IMO member-states, the UN and other maritime stakeholders. The need for ships to change crews and for seafarers to fly home at the end of their periods of…

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CoronaVirus: ICS guidance on managing ship and seafarer certificates during the pandemic

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This guidance provides information for shipowners and operators on managing ship and seafarer certificates during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It covers ship and seafarer certificates required by the certification provisions of international regulations, such as those of International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) instruments, and highlights the current unique compliance issues…

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International Chamber of Shipping helps industry tackle age discrimination on board ships

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Age discrimination is no joke, and can affect individuals of all ages in any field of work. The shipping industry is no different. The ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) recognises this issue, but how can employers translate this into practical solutions for preventing age discrimination in real-life situations? The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has…

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Shipping industry proposes $5 billion Research and Development fund to help cut emissions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime associations representing 90% of world merchant fleet on Wednesday (18 December) submitted a proposal to form the world’s first collaborative shipping R&D programme to help eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The proposal include a new non-governmental Research & Development organisation to pave the way for decarbonization of shipping. The other highlights of…

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Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ – Update July 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This ICS Guidance was first issued in September 2018 and was updated in January 2019 to take account of decisions at International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee meetings. This current version has been updated after the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in May 2019 and the IMO Marine Safety Committee (MSC) in June 2019.…

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International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) publishes its Annual Review 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal global trade association for shipowners, concerned with all regulatory, operational and legal issues, as well as employment affairs. The membership of ICS comprises national shipowners’ associations representing all sectors and trades from 37 countries, covering more than 80% of the world merchant fleet. ICS Chairman,…

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Risk focus – Enclosed Space Entry and Rescue

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Failure to comply with company procedures regarding entry into enclosed spaces can be fatal. This key shipboard operation sadly continues to cause injury and take lives every year, and in the following we briefly deal with the hazards, regulations and procedures involved in entering enclosed spaces. The most frequent hazards when entering an enclosed space…

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