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Added: 18 Oct 2017
According to IMO high-level officials and decision-makers from maritime and port authorities around the world underwent intense training on port management and operational efficiency at the annual Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management based in Le Havre, France and held from 11 September to 13 October.

It will be remembered that the IMO World Maritime Day theme of Connecting Ships, Ports and People has been particularly relevant to the course this year.

This course includes class-based training and site visits, including to the port of Le Havre.

The 31st Advanced Course on Port Operations and Management, organized by the Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER) and the Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH) has seen 17 participants sponsored by IMO. They were from: Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Jamaica, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Suriname and United Republic of Tanzania.
Added: 16 Oct 2017
HR Wallingford, based near Oxford in the Thames Valley, is one of a team of six research institutions led by Florida State University (FSU) which has been awarded a $2.8 million grant to expand understanding of how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico.

Professor Eric Chassignet, director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Studies (COAPS), will lead the team of scientists who will use the grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the role that microbes play in determining the fate of oil and its impact on marine ecosystems.

It is understood that the Consortium for Simulation of Oil-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO) is an interdisciplinary team brought together by the project’s Scientific Director at FSU, Dr Steve Morey.

Consisting of experts in physical oceanography, ecology, biology, chemistry and marine sediments, the group will investigate how microbes influence the biodegradation and accumulation of petroleum in the water column and marine sediments of the deep ocean and shelf.

When the 2010 spill occurred, an estimated 130 million gallons of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged well below the Deepwater Horizon platform.

Scientists and emergency personnel scrambled to predict where the released oil would go and how it would affect the waters and seabed of the Gulf.

Florida State University has been at the forefront of this work, studying the area to understand the Gulf of Mexico circulation, ecology, and biogeochemistry, and how the spill affected marine life.

Professor Andrew Manning from HR Wallingford commented: ‘One of the key issues is to understand how oil is transported through the waters, and the deep ocean and shelf, and this requires understanding of how oil interacts with the natural process of flocculation – that is, the clumping together of the most mobile fine sediment particles or ‘flocs’ – and, in particular, the rate at which these flocs settle to the seabed.

‘In order to develop numerical models of how oil affects this fine sediment transport, it is vitally important to understand more about the flocculation process itself, including its sensitivity to turbulence, particle concentration, floc size and the role of organic content.’

HR Wallingford will be measuring the properties of natural and oil-affected floc in situ using a unique floc camera system known as the LabSFLOC system. The floc camera was developed by Professor Manning and utilizes a low-intrusive, high magnification video camera to observe flocs as they settle.

The team of research institutions also includes Texas A&M University, the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Scientists from the six institutions will use recent model developments, and results from field- and laboratory-based microbial and sediment studies, to develop simulations in order to investigate the impacts of potential future oil spills under different scenarios and conditions (temperatures, oxygen levels, particulate matters and transport).

Furthermore, Professor Eric Chassignet, Director of FSU’s Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Studies, added: ‘It is critical to have the ability to predict the eventual fate of oil and its impact on ecosystems because toxic oil constituents pose unknown threats to organisms, many of which are harvested in the Gulf for human consumption. There is also a greater likelihood of large spills in the future due to oil and gas extraction activities taking place over the shelf and increasingly in deep water.’

To conclude Professor Richard Whitehouse, HR Wallingford Chief Technical Director in Sediment Dynamics, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to contribute our specialist know-how on sediment transport and deposition processes to the cross-disciplinary expertise of the FSU-led consortium. I believe this new research will play a crucial role in working to address this important ecological problem.’

About HR Wallingford
HR Wallingford is an independent engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation. It aims to solve problems encountered as complex water-related challenges faced by its international clients.

The organisation’s work is underpinned by a dynamic research programme keeping it in the lead. This is achieved by a unique mix of knowledge, assets and facilities including advanced physical modelling laboratories, a full range of numerical modelling tools and, above all, enthusiastic people with world-renowned skills and expertise.

Picture caption
Florida State University is leading a team of research institutions including HR Wallingford to study how the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico.

Illustration © HR Wallingford.
Photograph obtained royalty free as a stock image by HR Wallingford.
Added: 13 Oct 2017
On 10 October it was reported from IMO HQ in London that the IMO-administered Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) was providing technical expertise to help clean up beaches in Greece affected by an oil spill.

From 8 October two experts were in Greece to give technical support on sunken oil assessment, removal techniques and efficient oil removal from sandy beaches.

This work was expected to be completed by 14 October the support follows the sinking of Agia Zoni II off Piraeus, on 10 September.

Experts were from the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE) based in Brest, France, and from the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) based in Rome. Both centres are members of the Mediterranean Assistance Unit (MAU), which was established in 1993 and can be mobilized by REMPEC* to assist in the event of an emergency.

The MAU was established by the Parties to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean.

Furthermore, the MAU is an expert advice capability which is mobilized by the Head of Office of REMPEC upon request of a Contracting Party in the case of an emergency arising. An expert can be sent to provide national authorities with advice and technical expertise which they may need during the initial period of a marine pollution incident in order to decide which measures to take.

This advice and technical expertise may include: (a) assessment of the situation; (b) adapting national response according to the circumstances of the accident; (c) response methods and techniques, experts, equipment and products which can be requested from Contracting Parties or from private organisations.

To facilitate the mobilization of MAU experts and reduce burdens from Mediterranean coastal States, an MAU special revolving fund managed by REMPEC has been established by the Fifteenth Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held in Almeria, Spain, in 2008 to secure the funds required to mobilise an expert to cover up to a one month mission.

* IMO administers REMPEC, based in Malta, under the Protocol to the Barcelona Convention Concerning Co-operation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, 2002.
Added: 12 Oct 2017
ABPmer will lead the assessment with THA Aquatic Ltd. providing the fisheries focus of the HRA. ABPmer is a recognised authority in marine planning and policy and has previously undertaken a number of marine planning HRAs for government, the devolved administrations and The Crown Estate.

THA Aquatic Ltd. has considerable experience in undertaking fisheries assessments of power generation schemes in the marine and estuarine environment, it is reported.

This assessment and associated report will be considered as part of the wider HRA process and the conclusions reviewed by AMEC as part of the Plan-level HRA of the Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP) as a whole.

It is understood the intention is to make all reports available during the formal consultation on the draft WNMP when comments will also be invited on the plan-level HRA. The consultation is expected take place in November.

ABPmer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Ports.
Added: 09 Oct 2017
According to Captain Dieter Wulf, the Hamburg Pilots’ Choir will perform their Annual concert in St Ansgar’s Church / Kleiner Michel in Michaelisstrasse 5 Hamburg (S-Bahnhof Stadhausbrucke) on Thursday 2 November 2017 at 1900.

It is understood that tickets cost €12,00

Further details may be found at: www.hamburger-lotsenchor.de

The event’s poster is provided by the nearby pdf here.
Attached File: Pilots choir Flyer Jahreskonzert 2017 (2).pdf
Added: 09 Oct 2017
Advice from The Swedish Club: Don’t overlook the risk of cargo fires

Cargo fires occur so infrequently that awareness of the risk can slip under the radar. Yet such an incident on board a vessel can have disastrous consequences including loss of life or catastrophic loss of the vessel involved. With the average cost of a cargo fire at several million USD, cargo fires are not a risk to be overlooked.

The Swedish Club, working in conjunction with Burgoynes, experts specialising in the investigation of fires, explosions and other major incidents, has produced a handbook, Fire! A guide to the causes and prevention of cargo fires, which can be used alongside the regulations to assist seafarers in their daily loss prevention efforts.

Fire! offers loss prevention advice on a number of incidents – focusing specifically on self-heating cargoes, but also examining those vessel fires caused by other sources such as cargo hold lights, fumigation, movement of cargo and of course smoking and hot work. It also highlights how different vessel types fare when the frequency of cargo fires is compared.

Tanker figures are found to be relatively low, a testament to the tight regulation and safety culture that exists in this industry. On the other hand ro-ro figures are surprisingly high due to the non-homogeneous nature of the cargo they carry.

Lars A. Malm, The Swedish Club’s Director Strategic Business Development & Client Relations, is clear about the importance of the guide when he comments: ‘When a fire breaks out on board a vessel there is no fire service ready to assist in extinguishing it – that is up to the crew themselves.

‘All those who have worked on board a vessel are aware of the difficulties involved with managing a fire and the crucial importance of fire prevention.’

Burgoynes Partner, Neil Sanders, explained further: ‘Self-heating and related issues can affect a wide variety of cargoes including coal, iron in the form of direct reduced iron (DRI), metal turnings, charcoal, seed cake, biomass, fertilisers, solid chemicals and liquid chemicals.

‘Whilst the full relevant International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code (IMSBC) or International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) requirements must always be understood and followed.

‘Fire!’ is aimed at supporting that understanding and providing valuable support to the seafarer.’

The publication can be downloaded from The Swedish Club website here:
Added: 06 Oct 2017
34th PIANC World Congress in Panama in 2018,
7-12 May 2018

The Second Announcement may now be downloaded here: http://www.pianc.org/downloads/events/PIANC-2018%202nd%20Call-final.pdf

and the Congress website can be found here: http://www.pianc2018.com/

Deadline for sending in abstracts has been extended to 15 October 2017

PIANC Working with Nature Award

This will be awarded at the 34th PIANC World Congress in Panama.

A call for applications has been announced by PIANC for owners, operators and designers to submit environmentally ambitious navigation infrastructure projects that deserve recognition to compete for the second Working with Nature Award.

For submission go to


For additional information go to


Submission Deadline is 31 December 2017
Added: 02 Oct 2017
Finally the logistics message on Brexit is being heard, says (UK) Freight Transport Association

‘Theresa May’s call for a Brexit transitional period is a huge relief for the logistics industry.’

As the latest round of Brexit negotiations entered their second day in Brussels (26 September), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) welcomed the call from Prime Minister Theresa May for a transition period to be a key priority for the talks.

FTA, which represents more than 16,000 businesses transporting goods and services across the UK and Europe, has been lobbying for such a period since Article 50 was triggered, to enable the preparation of the necessary systems and processes to ensure that post-Brexit trade can run smoothly.

In the words of Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s head of European Policy: ‘Mrs May’s speech in Florence finally recognised the complexities of the trading relationships and processes which will need to be agreed and implemented and her call for a transitional period, to give enough time for negotiators to conclude a trade agreement, and for authorities and businesses to adapt, is a huge relief for a logistics industry charged with ensuring that trade continues to move smoothly after Brexit.

‘The government has finally acknowledged the scale and complexities of the task ahead to ensure frictionless trade across borders with the European Union, both mainland Europe and in Ireland, which will come as a relief to our members, which have expressed concern while facing the task of ensuring that goods and services still reach their destinations.

‘It is now imperative that the intentions outlined in Mrs May’s speech are followed by concrete actions. Logistics arrangements affect every part of our daily lives and need to be prioritised in Brexit negotiations. Customers need to be certain that vehicles and planes can keep moving, that drivers can operate across borders and supply chains will not have to face insurmountable challenges overnight on Brexit day.

‘Setting up the necessary arrangements for post-Brexit trade will take time and effort to get right and both industry and the authorities deserve some certainty that the status quo will prevail until all parties are ready to proceed with new arrangements. As Mrs May said on Friday (22 September), people, businesses and public services should only have to plan for one set of changes as the country leaves the EU.

‘The UK’s trading partnership with the European Union is vital to the future health and growth of the British economy and it is now time for the detail of how these relationships are to develop to be at the top of the Brexit negotiating agenda.

‘The country’s businesses deserve to see constructive progress on mechanisms which will be needed in the future, so they have time to plan and implement changes seamlessly. FTA is ready and willing to provide any assistance necessary to ensure that Britain can keep trading efficiently in a post-Brexit world.’

Ms Bastidon also urged clarity from the government’s negotiators on the situation regarding trading arrangements with Ireland, which were missing from Mrs May’s speech on Friday. She concluded by saying: ‘The trading position with Ireland is a hugely complex one, and creative solutions are required to ensure that a hard border is not established between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Many businesses operate on an “island of Ireland” basis and their business models would be negatively impacted by any changes affecting the fluidity of trade and transport movements across the border. This needs urgent attention at the negotiating table and FTA, and its sister membership body, FTA Ireland, will be pressing officials this week (w/e 30 September) in Brussels to find a solution which enables Irish trading interests to continue to flourish with both UK and European customers.’

FTA represents the businesses that use or operate freight by any and all modes. Its members operate half of the UK’s lorry fleet (more than 200,000 vehicles) and consign 90% of the goods moved by rail and 70% of the country’s visible exports by sea and air. The sector contributes 11% of the UK’s non-financial business economy. In 2016, 2.54 million people were employed in logistics in the UK, approximately 8% of the nation’s workforce.

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The port of Dover

Photograph kindly provided by FTA©.
Added: 28 Sep 2017
World Maritime Day 2017
Connecting Ships, Ports and People

World Maritime Day 2017 is formally celebrated at IMO on 28 September 2017. Member States and other entities have been invited to celebrate with activities in the same week, and throughout the year.

Connecting Ships, Ports and People was selected earlier in the year as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017.

This theme was chosen to provide an opportunity to focus on the many diverse activities involved in shipping and logistics.

In an introduction by IMO it was emphasised that the maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping Member States to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land and, through developing a sustainable blue economy, at sea.

Aim of the 2017 theme is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, Shipping: indispensable to the world, by focussing on helping IMO Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.

In this way, IMO will be contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a broad response to the challenges facing the world today: increasing world population; climate change; threats to the environment; unsustainable exploitation of natural resources; threats to food security; societal threats posed by organized criminals and violent extremists; and instability leading to mixed migration.

Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people.

Parallel Event 2017
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Panama on 1-3 October.

See website: http://worldmaritimedaypanama.com/
Added: 27 Sep 2017
ICS Chairman’s Message for IMO World Maritime Day:
Shipping Industry Focused on Serious CO2 Emission Reduction

‘The world has great expectations for IMO delivering an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategy for the international shipping sector. We are confident that this initial IMO strategy, once adopted next year, will match the goals and philosophy of the Paris Agreement on climate change, while also fully recognising that the sustainable development of the world and its peoples is critically dependent on the continuing smooth flow of global trade, about 90 per cent of which is transported by sea.’

This is the key message from Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, speaking on the eve of IMO World Maritime Day, whose theme this year is ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’.

Poulsson stressed that ICS and its member national shipowners’ associations are committed to helping IMO agree upon some truly ambitious CO2 reduction objectives which IMO can present at the 2018 Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

He continued: ‘IMO is the only body which can deliver further GHG reduction measures that will have a meaningful impact on the emissions of the entire global shipping sector. It is vital that IMO remains in control of this critical issue, building on the real progress already made with its package of technical regulations that became legally binding across the entire world fleet in 2013, the very first global agreement of its kind adopted for a major industrial sector.’

ICS (in collaboration with BIMCO, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) has recently made a detailed submission to IMO on the possible contents of its GHG reduction strategy.

The industry proposes that IMO Member States – the same States that are parties to the UNFCCC Paris Agreement – should agree an initial objective of holding the total CO2 emissions of the international shipping sector below 2008 levels, but that IMO should also set an ambitious goal for the percentage by which the sector’s total CO2 emissions should be reduced by 2050, compared to 2008, compatible with the legitimate concerns of developing nations about the potential impacts on trade and economic development.

And Poulsson emphasised the position by saying: ‘The global shipping industry has now come forward with clear proposals on how IMO can help it decarbonise as quickly as possible, complete with some serious objectives, numbers and dates. It’s now up to governments to present their own ideas, in order that IMO can deliver a suitably ambitious strategy which can be adopted next year.’

About the International Chamber
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations, whose membership covers over 80% of the world merchant fleet, at the various intergovernmental bodies that impact on shipping, in particular the UN International Maritime Organization.

The shipping industry’s latest joint submission to an IMO Working Group (which will continue development of the IMO GHG reduction strategy at a meeting in the last week of October) can be found at:


Paris Agreement
The 2018 UNFCCC Conference of Parties to the Paris Agreement (COP 24) will be held in Poland. COP 23 will be held in Bonn in November 2017, where ICS will be representing international shipping as represented by its member national associations.

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Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman.
e-Navigation Underway International Conference 2018e-Navigation Underway International Conference 2018
Added: 26 Sep 2017
The 8th International e-Navigation Underway Conference 2018

The realization of the Maritime Service Portfolios

The International e-Navigation Underway Conference is a global destination for discussion and debate about the many different challenges facing e-Navigation around the globe, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. Featuring some of the top maritime leaders in their fields and covering a wide breadth of topics, the Conference is the place in which to explore new strategies and to chart future technological progress.

Following the successful formula of previous years, The 8th International e-Navigation Underway Conference departs from Copenhagen on 24 January 2018 in mv Pearl Seaways.

To take advantage of the Early Bird Discount of 10% readers are invited to book before 15 November 2017.

This event is organised by the Danish Maritime Authority and IALA with the support of IHO, BIMCO, NI and CIRM.

Pearl Seaways departs Copenhagen port on 24 January for Oslo and returns to Copenhagen on 26 January 2018.

The conference will be opened by the Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth and Secretary General of IALA, Francis Zachariae. They will be followed by a series of high profile speakers and experts within the area of e-Navigation.

With the approach of the planned implementation of the Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP), there will be a specific focus on the MSP at this conference.

Focus will be on the themes here:

- Issues relating to the IMO/IHO Harmonisation Group on Data Modelling (HGDM)

- Including definition of MSPs and S-100 product specifications

- e-Navigation and autonomous operations; complementary technologies?

- Practical solutions from testbeds

- Infrastructure and communication means in support of e-Navigation

- e-Navigation services in the Polar regions

- e-Navigation and big data

- Advances in S-mode

- Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP)

Abstracts have now been invited

Any relevant e-Navigation topic will be considered, but potential speakers are urged to aim for topics within the sub-themes mentioned above.

Important dates:

Early registration 15 November 2017

Abstract deadline 15 December 2017

Registration deadline 19 January 2018

Cabins are available in several categories from Balcony, Deluxe to Commodore Class with numbers limited and selling fast.

Registration includes accommodation, meals, social events and all conference sessions.

Conference Cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and return

All standard meals and drinks

Entrance to the Conference Sessions and Exhibition Area

All Social Events – Receptions and Conference Dinners

Working lunches, coffee breaks, fruit and snacks are all inclusive onboard.

Added: 18 Sep 2017
Representatives of the British and Hong Kong maritime business sectors have agreed to forge a closer working relationship and on 12 September signed a Memorandum of Understanding in London during London International Shipping Week.

Under the terms of the agreement Maritime London and the Hong Kong Maritime & Port Board (HKMPB) will co-operate in a range of areas including promotional activity, training and sharing of best practice for maritime business services.

The agreement was signed by (pictured left) Chan Fan, Frank, JP, Secretary for Transport & Housing, Hong Kong Government and (pictured right) Maritime London Chairman, Lord Mountevans at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Also present were leading representatives from the Hong Kong shipowning community and the UK Minister of State for Transport Legislation and Maritime, John Hayes,MP (seen here, centre).

Lord Mountevans commented: ‘The Hong Kong and UK maritime business communities have a unique historical relationship and very strong ties. Nearly 10% of the world’s ships are managed or owned in Hong Kong, it is home to one of the world’s leading hub ports and an important gateway to mainland China. Both the UK and Hong Kong look beyond their borders and provide world beating maritime expertise to global shipowners, traders and charterers. This agreement is designed to help both London and Hong Kong businesses collaborate and prosper with the support of their respective representative bodies.’

Secretary Chan said: ‘By working together, London and Hong Kong can grow together. Both cities are key international shipping and trading hubs with a shared outward looking and entrepreneurial spirit. Both serve regions beyond their own borders and both have an exciting future. We are delighted by the prospect of a closer working relationship than ever before.’

HKMPB was set up by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2016 to foster the development of Hong Kong’s maritime and port services. Maritime London is a promotional body for UK-based companies providing professional services to the international shipping industry.

Trading and logistics are a major economic pillar for Hong Kong, accounting for 22% of its GDP and 20% of employment. The UK maritime business services sector which includes shipbroking, financial, legal, education and insurance services contributes £3.5bn to the UK economy and supports 48,600 jobs.
Added: 17 Sep 2017
A security incident hits a passenger ship in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – an important port receiving more than 140 passenger ships and hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Procedures need to be followed and numerous national agencies need to be coordinated. This was the subject of one of the drills and exercises that took place during an IMO workshop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on 7 September involving more than 100 participants from different port facilities in the Americas region.

The workshop also included a table-top simulation describing the procedures contained in the APEC* Manual of Maritime Security Drills and Exercises for Port Facilities (see here: http://oas.org/en/sms/cicte/apec_manual.asp).

Regular maritime security drills and exercises are an important requirement under IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The Code helps to ensure the effective implementation of the ship and port facility security plans and to verify that personnel involved are aware of the relevant procedures and can respond in a timely and effective manner.

The Puerto Vallarta event came as part of part of IMO’s focus on the 2017 World Maritime Day theme Connecting Ships, Ports and People to help IMO Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a reasoned interagency approach to key issues.

This workshop was conducted as part of the XI International Forum on Maritime and Port Security (held from 4-7 September), in collaboration with the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) and SEMAR**. IMO was represented by Javier Yasnikouski and a team of consultants.

A workshop in Lagos, Nigeria has helped train Nigerian officials in the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, conduct and assess security drills and exercises in their port facilities. The event (28 August – 1 September) focused on port security measures of the Organization’s ISPS Code.

Participants included designated authority officials, port facilities security officials, ISPS auditors, national regulators and ISPS inspectors. Led by an IMO team of consultants and organized with the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) – the workshop involved theoretical lessons, discussions, group work and hands-on practical exercises in planning, conducting and evaluating exercises in compliance with the ISPS Code.

This training event is the third of a three-phase technical assistance programme, designed by IMO following a 2016 needs-assessment mission, to help support NIMASA’s maritime security programme.

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Maritime security drills, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Photo kindly provided by IMO©.

*Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
** Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) of Mexico.

Added: 14 Sep 2017
Shaping the Future of Shipping
ICS Launches New Brand

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has used London International Shipping Week to launch a new brand identity, to better serve its important role as the global trade association for shipowners, representing national shipowners’ associations from 37 countries and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.

Speaking from the British Library in London at the brand launch on 13 September, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson explained: ‘Over the next 30 years, new technologies and environmental challenges will completely transform shipping: a vital industry that moves the essentials of life and around 90% of global trade.

‘Together with our member national associations, we are working to help shape a vision for the future, in which shipping will become ever more efficient and environmentally sustainable. Our contemporary new brand seeks to reflect what we do with a refreshed and vibrant colour palette, appropriate to a modern global trade association that represents one of the world’s most dynamic industries.’

He added: ‘As the voice of the global shipping industry, ICS will continue to influence all maritime policy developments which affect the interests of shipowners. And we will continue to do what we always do best, helping governments and maritime policy makers understand the implications of their decisions, as we strive to shape the future of shipping.’

To promote the new brand, ICS has produced a short film which can be seen at https://youtu.be/n5_RbPIkBNA

The refreshed ICS brand
Based on an update to the historic ICS logo, the refreshed brand pays homage to the iconic silhouette of a sailing ship that has been part of the ICS brand for nearly 100 years. Taking this heritage as a starting point, the symbol has been redrawn to be more contemporary in its style, combining the hull of a modern cargo vessel with the iconic sails of a traditional merchant ship.

The refreshed logo aims to speak of the larger shipping community with which ICS works on behalf of shipowners worldwide. The orientation has been rotated from profile to portrait making it stronger, prouder and more contemporary.

When combined with a refreshed vibrant colour palette that breaks from the commonly used blues of the industry, and a bold graphic style inspired by the language of shipping, the refreshed visual identity is one set to continue to shape the future of shipping for many years to come.
Added: 13 Sep 2017
Trinity House supports the maritime industry at
London International Shipping Week 2017
The industry’s flagship promotional event

Trinity House flies red ensign at LISW

Trinity House is currently taking part in London International Shipping Week 2017 to support the British maritime industry’s flagship event.

Taking advantage of a timely crew change in the London River, Trinity House has moored its multi-function tender THV Galatea alongside HMS Belfast in order to take part in a number of LISW events, such as the maritime incident response exercise being conducted by Norton Rose Fulbright.

Trinity House, the Grade I listed headquarters on Tower Hill will also play host to a number of LISW events.

Trinity House—as well as a handful of third party maritime partners—will set up a number of displays that demonstrate to stakeholders its role in the nation’s maritime infrastructure, covering subjects such as navigation, engineering and operations, charitable works, research and development, commercial services and marine operations.

Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House said: ‘Whether we are talking about physical aids to navigation, hydrographic surveying, remote monitoring or GPS vulnerabilities, our aim is to demonstrate clearly that Britain is a safe place to bring trade and that the UK Red Ensign is still best in class; we are here to state proudly that we are a responsible member of a much wider community.’
Added: 12 Sep 2017
As vessels become more and more autonomous consideration has to be given to the human element of future vessel operations, according to David Patraiko, Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute.

Speaking on 11 September at the Autonomous, robotics and loT – exploring the potential and human impact conference organised by WISTA-UK (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) as part of London International Shipping week, he said the human element in developments could not be ignored.

He explained: ‘Although some might be surprised that the leading maritime professional organisation that is so well recognised for its commitment to the human element should be involved in the autonomous vessel debate, there are some very good reasons.’

Pointing out that the existence of autonomous vessels is a reality with hundreds working today, Patraiko said they will be increasingly interacting with manned vessels. The Nautical Institute’s work was of importance in ensuring relationships between the autonomous vessels and humans.

He added: ‘NI members are already dealing with many autonomous systems onboard, including machinery, cargo, communications and navigation. Understanding and refining the interaction between the human and these systems is a priority as we move into the future.’

The NI is dedicated to supporting those in control of seagoing craft and has opened its membership to all maritime professionals accepting the need of those in autonomous ship operations to embrace professional development.

Patraiko concluded by saying that it will be essential to ensure that the competencies of all involved in controlling autonomous vessels, whether onboard or ashore, are maintained.

WISTA in West Africa

Mrs Naa Densua Aryeetey, WISTA Ghana and WISTA International ExCo member participated in the conference African Ports Evolution, the West Africa Edition in Accra from 5-7 September.
Added: 10 Sep 2017
It was announced from Norfolk, Virginia, on 8 September that Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, Admiral Phil Davidson, had ordered the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) to get underway that day to be in position to provide humanitarian relief in support of federal, state and local authorities if requested.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) was underway during the day conducting local operations and was been ordered to join the group.

Iwo Jima and New York departed Mayport, Florida, on 5 September and shipped more than 300 Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and II Marine Expeditionary Force in Norfolk, Virginia.

The combined aircraft on all four ships are three CH-53E Marine Heavy Lift Helicopters, 10 MH-60S and 14 MH-60R Navy Medium Lift Helicopters.

These ships are capable of providing medical support, maritime civil affairs, maritime security, expeditionary logistic support, medium and heavy lift air support, and bring a diverse capability including assessment and security.

Top priority of the federal government, as all parties worked together to support civil authorities, is to minimize suffering and protecting the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Irma.

(Story based on material kindly provided by US Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs Office)

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Seaman Bobby Branch moves supplies and equipment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in preparation for potential humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Iwo Jima is preparing to conduct operations off the southern coast of the United States in support of US Fleet Forces Command (USFF) tasking. Iwo Jima brings diverse capabilities and is positioned in the region in order to respond.

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joe J Cardona Gonzalez/Released, ©USN.
Added: 04 Sep 2017

The International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) will officially launch its highly acclaimed International Port Welfare Partnership (IPWP) programme during London’s International Shipping Week at a formal Business Breakfast in the historic setting of Trinity House from 08:00 to 10:00 on Wednesday 13 September 2017. The IPWP programme is based on a small but highly impressive pilot project that ended in May 2016, having successfully established seafarers’ ‘welfare boards’ in Europe, Africa, Australia and America.

As part of the same event the four maritime welfare charities that LISW17 is supporting have also organised a debate entitled ‘Fair Shipping: does it exist?’. The panelists are: Tom Holmer of ISS, Nicola Good of Fairplay Magazine, Natalie Shaw of ICS, Andrew Wright of Mission to Seafarers, Kuba Syzmanski of Intermanager and Phil Parry of Spinnaker International.

Designed to bring together maritime leaders, the Business Breakfast will show how the IPWP programme, a joint initiative managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) on behalf of ISWAN, is driven by the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006, Regulation 4.4). The MLC 2006 advocates the establishment of seafarers’ welfare boards to co-ordinate and improve “access to shore-based welfare services”, for the benefit of the seafarers’ workforce, worldwide. The MNWB has successfully operated welfare boards, also known as Port Welfare Committees (PWCs), for nearly 70 years and is keen to partner ISWAN to share best practice with the rest of the maritime sector.

ISWAN Executive Director, Roger Harris, said “Despite increased public awareness that the shipping industry is vital to our daily lives and trade around the world, there’s still little understanding about the challenges facing seafarers. Life at sea has always been hard but never more so than today. Separated from family and friends with ever smaller crews and shorter turnarounds, seafarers can often face isolation and loneliness, depression, harassment and bullying whilst at sea.”

Peter Tomlin, Chief Executive of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) and IPWP Programme Director, agreed saying “That’s why welfare facilities and services in port are so important for seafarers, providing a “home from home” where they can rest, recuperate and contact family and friends in a safe, welcoming environment.”

He added “We recognise the tremendous efforts made by the numerous organisations, particularly in the voluntary sector, that support seafarers’ welfare in ports. We hope the truly collaborative and supportive nature of our partnership programme will enable the maritime community to work even closer together to improve welfare conditions for seafarers across the globe’

Funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, TK Foundation, Seafarers’ UK and MNWB, the programme boasts an Executive Committee made up of Ship owners, Unions, Port Authorities/Owners, Government, Maritime Funders and Voluntary Organisation representatives, all of whom are keen to promote better seafarers’ welfare in ports under MLC, 2006. It is therefore fitting that the IPWP launch is held in the presence of maritime decision makers and key stakeholders during LISW17.

For further project information: email admin@portwelfare.org or contact: Project Administrator aiden@mnwb.org or Peter Tomlin MBE MNM, Chief Executive & IPWP Global Programme Director, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, 8, Cumberland Place, Southampton SO15 2BH Tel: 0044 (0) 2380 337799.
Added: 01 Sep 2017
First offshore vessel with DNV GL’s Shore Power Class Notation

It was announced from Høvik, Norway on 31 August that the offshore vessel KL Sandefjord, owned by K Line Offshore AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), is the first offshore vessel with the DNV GL class notation Shore Power.

This notation verifies the design and installation of a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. When in port, the vessel can shut down its engines and rely on a shore-based electrical supply for its needs at berth – the so called cold ironing.

In the words of says Espen Sørensen, Senior Vice President, Operation and Technical in K Line Offshore AS: ‘We are very pleased to receive this notation for our large and powerful anchor handler KL Sandefjord which reflects our commitment to ensure a cleaner port environment. With an on-board shore power installation tested and verified by DNV GL, we now have an offshore vessel equipped for the future. And as result of the good cooperation we have enjoyed with the Bergen Port Authority and DNV GL during this process, we have also decided to apply for the Shore Power class notation for the sister vessel, KL Saltfjord.’

By tapping into an onshore electrical supply, vessels not only reduce their fuel consumption, but they also eliminate the associated emissions. This will have a marked improvement on the air quality in the port and surrounding environment, cutting PPM, NOx, SOx and reducing CO2 by using more efficient shore-based electricity.

In combination with renewable energy sources, electrical supply can even result in zero emission operation for the duration of a vessel’s stay in port. In addition, it can free the engines for maintenance, reduce wear and tear, and limit noise.

Added Jon Rysst, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager North Europe, DNV GL: ‘There is an increasing awareness of the impact of shipping emissions in ports and this is driving investments in cold ironing. This is leading to ports both requiring and incentivizing the use of alternative maritime power (AMP). As access expands, alongside the rise of fully electric and hybrid vessels, cold ironing could soon become standard procedure in many ports around the world – with a noticeable positive impact on air quality. With the Shore Power notation shipowners can easily document a safe interface between shore facilities and the ship, based on IEC standards.’

DNV GL’s electrical shore connection class rules cover safety requirements for a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection.

It is understood that the Shore Power notation ensures a safe and efficient way of performing the connection and disconnection of shore power. DNV GL also verifies compatibility between ship and port and provides recommendations for a well-defined future proof technical solution.

Technical requirements are based on the international standard for high voltage shore connections established by IEC, ISO and IEEE in IEC/ISO/IEEE Publication 80005-1 Utility connections in Port – Part 1: High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) Systems.

Part 3 of this standard is currently under development and will deal with low voltage shore connections.

DNV GL is actively involved in this work as a member of the IEC working group.

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The offshore vessel KL Sandefjord.
Added: 25 Aug 2017
Serbian team in Djibouti

On 12 August 2017 Force Commander of the European Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), Rear-Admiral Fabio Gregori, met with Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, HE Yousuf Bin Alawi Abdullah in Salalah to deepen the excellent cooperation between Operation Atalanta and Oman.

HE the Italian Ambassador to Oman, Giorgio Visetti, HE the Ambassador of Oman in Kuwait, Hamed al Ibrahim and the son of the minister, Shihab Yousuf Alawi were also welcomed on board the Italian warship ITS Virginio Fasan* by the Force Commander.

Admiral Gregori explained the activity, role and mandate of Operation Atalanta and the cooperation framework that is in place between the multinational missions and nations currently operational in EU NAVFOR’s area of operations.

There was then a tour of ITS Virginio Fasan where the Minister spoke with members of the Force Headquarters including the Chief of Staff, Captain Jose Maria Fuente de Cabo and Commanding Officer, Commander Michele Orini.

The Deputy Governor of Dhofar (one of the four governorates of the Sultanate of Oman) Sayyid HE Abdullah bin Aquel Al Ibrahim also received Force Commander Rear-Admiral Gregori and Captain Fuente during the three-day port visit.

Admiral Gregori and his HQ staff are currently embarked in ITS Virginio Fasan. The Force Commander’s role is to work with counter-piracy partners to assess the piracy threat and to deploy EU NAVFOR’s warships and aircraft to sea areas that are deemed to be at the highest risk of an attack and to respond to piracy incidents wherever possible.

Serbian team in Djibouti

A few days later, on 17 August, Operation Atalanta’s latest Maritime Protection Team (MPT) from Serbia arrived in Djibouti to take over the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, mv Esbjerg, from the team from Montenegro.

The highly-trained Serbian team was welcomed to the EU’s counter-piracy operation by the Support Element Atalanta Officer-in-Command, Commander Jean-Marc Stervinou (French Navy). After embarking in mv Esbjerg the team will provide round-the-clock protection to the ship as it transports vital WFP food aid to Somalia.

Serbia provides a MPT to Operation Atalanta as part of its contribution to the EU Naval Force’s fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Atalanta is a multinational naval force that has helped to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean since 2008.

*ITS Virginio Fasan (F591) is the second ship of the FREMM (European Multipurpose Frigate)-class frigates and the first of the series in anti-submarine warfare configuration. It was built by Fincantieri in Riva Trigoso and commissioned to the Italian Navy on 19 December 2013. Displacing 6,700 tons, she is 144 metres loa and capable of a top speed of 27 knots.

The ship’s flight deck is able to embark 1 EH-101 and 1 SH-90 or 2 SH-90 ASW helicopters.

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Italian Ambassador addresses Omani Foreign Minister and Force Commander in ITS Virginio Fasan in Salalah.

Photo: EUNAVFOR ©.
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