On 12th June 2017, the Combined Maritime Forces issued a statement to the shipping industry on the recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb. This statement serves as a reminder to mariners of the importance of following BMP4 and the benefits of registering with MSCHOA and UKMTO when sailing in the High Risk Area and Voluntary Reporting Area. A copy of the statement in full is below, but can also be found on the Combined Maritime Forces website here: https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/2017/06/12/statement-to-industry/
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From 18th January 2017 all merchant ships of 500 gross tons or over flagged to a ratifying state and, engaged in international voyages will need to show compliance by carrying a Maritime Labour Certificate and Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance.
On 23 December, 2016, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the second U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate.
The International Group today announced that it had concluded terms for 2017 in respect of the excess of loss reinsurance.
The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (“the Polar Code”) was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on15th May 2015. The Code will take effect on 1 January 2017, upon entry into force of the new Chapter XIV of the SOLAS Convention. The Code will apply to new ships constructed after 1 January 2017. Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.
Around a third of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers are Filipinos. They contribute around US$6 billion a year to the Philippine economy. Developments in the country’s employment laws are therefore of key importance to shipowners.
Members are referred to Circular 16/16: Amended MLC financial requirements, advising Members that all Clubs in the International Group would shortly provide information to Members about the process for obtaining MLC Certificates. The application process for MLC Certificates for UK Club Members is outlined below.
In accordance with attached the recent Shenzhen government notification, all merchant ships are required to burn low sulphur bunkers (sulphur contents less than or equal to 0.5%) when calling the port of Shenzhen from 1st October...
Given the global announcement of “Implementation Day” - that there will be a lifting of sanctions on Iran, the Club and IG are examining closely what this actually means in reality for Iran’s oil, gas, shipping, petrochemicals, insurance and financial sectors, and importantly for those owners/operators wishing to engage business with Iran.