USCG Rule on Ballast Water Discharges

On March 23, 2012, the USCG issued Rule regarding Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters, amending the existing ballast water management (“BWM”) regulations and creating a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ballast water discharged in U.S. waters consistent with the International Maritime Organization’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (“BWM Convention”).

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Man Convicted for Obstruction of Justice and False Statements for Certifying Ships

On May 24 a federal jury in Miami convicted a Miami-based ship surveyor for lying to the Coast Guard and for falsely certifying the safety of ships at sea, announced Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice; Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander, 7th Coast Guard District; and Jonathan Sall, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service.

The ship surveyor, was convicted by a federal jury in Miami of three counts of making false statements to the U.S. Coast Guard and one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding. The defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison on each count.

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Posidonia 2012 Outcome

This year the Posidonia Shipping Exhibition has made a great breakthrough in terms of visitors numbers since unofficially the figure exceeds the 18,000 mark. The four days event which proves the strong interest of the global maritime community in Greece which can also be attributed to the constant flow of newbuilding orders by Greek shipowners (14,8% of the worlds’ ship tonnage).

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Port of Singapore ‘Best Seaport in Asia’ and ‘Best Green Service Provider- Seaport’

The Port of Singapore emerges top in two categories at 26th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) and more specifically it has been awarded as the ‘Best Seaport in Asia’ and the ‘Best Green Service Provider- Seaport’.

Port of Singapore

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Posidonia 2012

The world’s premier event in the maritime industry is being hosted for the first time at the Metropolitan Expo in Athens. The exhibition started yesterday and will last until Friday 08 June.

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PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2012

Each year the major PSC regions carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on an agreed topic. When boarding a ship, the PSC Officer will check certain on-board equipment or documentation besides carrying out the general routine PSC inspection.

Each CIC lasts for three months in all the region’s countries commencing from 1 September 2012 and ending on 30 November 2012.

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Weld Defects in Ships

A welding structure in order to have the required reliability, during her lifetime, it should have satisfactory quality. This means that it should:

  1. Be designed in a way that is appropriate for its sought use during its forecasting lifetime.
  2. Be manufactured from materials and welding methods according to the requirements.
  3. Be used and maintained rightly.

Welding quality is a relative term and this means that it is not necessary a construction to have better quality from what is needed according to the requirements. When the requirements are strict, that has as consequence the cost of production to be extremely high. On the other hand when the requirements are loose, that has as consequence the cost of maintenance to be high and the forecasting lifetime to be reduced.

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Tsunami-Response Guidelines for Ships

NYK has drawn upon the lessons learned from the tremendous tsunami damage sustained by vessels after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March of last year to create tsunami-response guidelines for ships in port. The guidelines, the first to be developed for Japan, were presented on May 23 at a meeting hosted by the Japan Institute of Navigation.

M.V. Asia Symphony lies on a pier after being hit by tsunami at the port in Kamaishi city

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Captain Spent 3 Months as Hostage of Pirates

Capt. Miro Alibasic from Croatia was en route to Oman aboard his crude-oil tanker Zirku. As they passed through the notorious Gulf of Aden, every sailor’s nightmare since antiquity materialized before his eyes-pirates were attacking his ship from all directions. Around 50 heavily armed Somalis in small skiffs, dispatched from a mother ship, surrounded the supertanker, attempting to board.

“I was trying to avoid it by zigzagging and using water canons. But once I lost speed, they hooked me. … There was nothing I could do,” recalls Alibasic.

The pirates boarded the ship and ordered Alibasic and his 34-man crew to kneel down. Alibasic refused and asked the pirates to put down their guns and invited them to come on board to talk.

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Complaints on Panama Canal Toll Charges

Plans to increase toll charges for the Panama Canal are ‘rushed, excessive and likely to cause further problems for shipping companies’ given the fragile state of economic recovery, say shipowners.

The International Chamber of Shipping has sent a strongly worded letter to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) describing plans to increase tolls by up to 15 per cent as ‘simply unacceptable’.

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