IMO – Port State Control regimes collaboration

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO issued a news release stating that port state control regimes have pledged to strengthen their collaboration with the IMO and amongst themselves. They also agreed to consider moving away from ‘black/grey/white’ lists toward expanding an individual ship risk profile approach. A recent workshop (24-26 October) for port State control (PSC) MoU/Agreement Secretaries…

Seafarers’ identity documents: New requirements enter into force triggering renewed momentum for the ratification of Convention No. 185

  More than 1.5 million seafarers working and living on ships involved in international trade can benefit from the new seafarers’ identity document, which allows them to travel without a visa to join their ships and to disembark in ports. Access to shore facilities and shore leave are vital elements of their general well-being and,…

Statutory IMO and ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018

Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO/ ILO can be a challenge. DNVGL has provided a summary of the most important IMO/ ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018 inclusive to help Owners/Managers with implementation. This information is recommended for Technical, Safety, Quality and Operation departments of shipping…

ICS welcomes progress on ILO Seafarer’s Identity Documents Convention

The International Chamber of Shipping, as the Secretariat for the Shipowner Group at the International Labour Organization (ILO), co-ordinated employers’ representatives at the Ad Hoc Tripartite Maritime Committee on the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185), held in Geneva from 10 to 12 February 2016.   ILO 185 requires ratifying nations to issue…

New Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying from ICS and ITF

Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’.  The new Guidelines are developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).   These Guidelines have been launched in advance of an important International Labour Organization (ILO) Special Tripartite Committee…

New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

Maritime occupational safety and health experts agree on guidelines to bolster the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Recognizing the special needs of seafarers, experts have agreed on guidelines to assist governments to implement occupational safety and health provisions previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Intended to provide supplementary practical information to…