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Four Things to Know About MEPC72 Ballast Water Deliberations

By Jad Mouawad 2018-04-17 20:40:27

IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) met between April 9 and 13, 2018 with a large number of documents related to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention to be handled.  Of the topics discussed, four of the most important were: 1. Sampling for compliance during commissioning 2. Should contingency measures be part of the BWM Plan? 3. Data gathering for the experience-building phase 4. Scaling Guidelines BWM.2/Circ.33 1. Validation of compliance of individual BWM systems with...

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A Blue Angel for Cassen Eils' MS Helgoland

By Erik Kravets 2018-03-18 19:28:45

Known colloquially as "the German eco-label", the Blue Angel (in German: Blauer Engel) has been awarded since 1978 to the top 20-30 percent of environmental performers in various categories (e.g. household appliances, automobiles). Intriguingly, the German tourism fleet (i.e. the passenger ferries doing coastal trading) is also a category for the Blue Angel label. Naturally, Germany's most prominent LNG ferry, the MS Helgoland, was a chief candidate as being an extremely low environmental impact mode of transportation. All of that...

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The Same Old Bunker Contracts

By Erik Kravets 2017-11-26 01:38:04

A couple years ago, I wrote a review of the BIMCO Standard Bunker Agreement. The fact is, this contract has not been widely adopted in maritime practice. Bunker companies typically prefer to operate on a handshake, or they have their own terms and conditions, and shipowners rarely take the initiative in proposing their own contracts. Alternatively, the middle men present in every port, i.e. shipbrokers or agents, have no incentive to make bunkering more complicated. The result is: "same old,...

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Biofouling Moves Up the Regulatory Agenda

By GARD 2017-10-25 17:58:13

[By Kristin Urdahl, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Arendal] The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. A multitude of species, carried either in vessels’ ballast water or on vessels’ hulls, are capable of surviving transit to new environments where they may become invasive by multiplying and out-competing native species. Although it is difficult to quantify the global economic impact of IAS, useful examples include...

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Unpacking the Details of the South China Sea Dispute

By CIMSEC 2017-05-19 21:03:55

[By Matthew Merighi] Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Vasco Becker-Weingberg of Universidad Nova in Lisbon, Portugal, about the South China Sea. The interview, conducted by Roger Hilton of the University of Kiel, address topics including the role of the Law of the Sea, the oil sector, private security contractors, and everything in between. Roger: I have the pleasure of hosting Vasco Becker-Weinberg as our guest. Vasco is a law of the sea professor at the Universidad Nova de Lisboa,...

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Monitoring Plan: The First Step to EU MRV Compliance

By Tobias Konik 2017-04-04 19:21:32

As we approach the first deadline for the mandatory European MRV Shipping System, an increasing number of ship owners and managers are taking the first steps towards compliance. MRV stands for the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions and activity data from merchant vessels above 5,000 GT in relation to voyages to and from ports situated in a member state of the European Union, Norway or Iceland.  To become compliant with MRV Shipping, ship operators will need to take...

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Remembering Ida Lewis, the "Bravest Woman in America"

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2017-03-23 19:47:06

[By William H. Thiesen, Coast Guard Atlantic area historian] The United States Coast Guard and its predecessor agencies have been blessed with the service of many determined and courageous women. One such woman was Lighthouse Keeper Ida Lewis, recipient of the service’s Gold Lifesaving Medal. Idawalley Zoradia Lewis, known as Ida Lewis, is one of the best-known keepers, male or female, in the history of the U.S. Lighthouse service. She gained national...

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Ballast Water Management: Latest Developments

By Jeanne M. Grasso 2017-03-13 11:32:01

Ballast water management has been one of the most challenging and oftentimes frustrating regulatory issues of the past decade. The principal reason is that the international regime under the International Maritime Organization’s (“IMO”) Convention on the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (“Convention”), and the U.S. regime under the National Invasive Species Act (“NISA”), are not quite in sync when it comes to approving equipment...

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"Three Interdictions in One Day"

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2017-01-25 20:16:10

“Now set special sea detail.” There is a flurry of activity from bow to stern. Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman prepare to leave the lush cove of Golfito, Costa Rica, the morning of January 9. Lines are manned. Lookouts are posted. A course is set. Everyone is ready to get back to work. “The first part of our patrol was really exciting,” said Sherman’s operations officer, Lt. Paul Ledbetter. “Three interdictions in one day! It was amazing; I’d never...

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"Ocean Shield" Achieved its Mission

By Christian Bueger 2017-01-02 20:56:54

Last month, operation ‘Ocean Shield’ terminated, ending NATO’s six year mission to protect the sea lanes of Western Indian Ocean. Will the world miss the operation? Most likely not. Ocean Shield was one of the so-called “big three” missions fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working hand in hand with the U.S.-led Combined Maritime Forces and the European Union’s EUNAVFOR Atalanta, the operation was a vital part of the fight against Somali piracy, with more than successful results. Since...

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