• 2017 January 12 16:15

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping to chair in the IACS Safety Panel

    On 1 January, 2017 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) commenced the chairmanship in the Safety Panel of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

    IACS Panels are specialised working groups consisting of representatives of all IACS Member Societies. At present, six Panels are functioning on the different activity areas and fields of interest of the Classification Societies:
        Cyber systems

    The Safety Panel is one of the key IACS working bodies which performs review of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) documents and supporting the activity of IACS representatives in the IMO working bodies. The Panel terms of reference covers all technical matters related to the application, interpretation and improvement of of the IMO instruments, documents of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international organizations including:
        SOLAS-74 International Convention with most of the Codes: Polar Code, HSC Code, MODU Code, IGF Code, IS Code, FSS Code, FTP Code, LSA Code, etc.;
        International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969;
        International Convention on Load Lines, 1966;
        COLREG, 1972;
        other Instruments, except of those related to the environmental protection issues (MARPOL 73/78, etc.).

    The scope of work of the Safety Panel includes:
        updating of IACS resolutions (Unified Requirements and Unified Interpretations, Procedural Requirements) and IACS Recommendations in connection with the improvement of the international legislation, upon the initiative of the external organizations and IACS Member Societies;
        annual review of the implementation of IACS resolutions, development of measures aimed at the uniform understanding, implementation and application of resolutions by all the IACS Member Societies;
        review of submission papers to the sessions of the IMO working bodies (MSC, SSE, SDC, HTW, III, CCC, NSCR and, partially, MEPC), as well as preparing the IACS submission papers and IACS positions to the relevant sessions of the IMO, ILO, etc. with the proposals on improvement of the existing statutory instruments and new agenda items of the IMO activity (in some cases the submissions are developed in cooperation with the IMO Member States);
        ensuring the effective IACS interaction with the international organizations, industry associations and groups of shipowners, manufacturers, designers, shipbuilders, etc.

    In compliance with the IACS rotation practice, the Panel Chairman is elected by the IACS Council for three-year term. Till 31 December, 2019, the responsibilities of the Safety Panel Chairman are to be fulfilled by Mikhail Musonov, Deputy Head of the RS International Affairs Department.

2018 July 17

18:24 North P&I Club and 24Vision ink partnership agreement
18:07 Lockheed Martin awarded Navy's contract worth more than $450 million in FMS funding for MMSC project
17:55 TransContainer announced its operating results for the second quarter and the first half of 2018
17:27 Equinor buys shares for use in the group's Share saving plan
17:11 Vigor Marine LLC gets Navy's contract for USNS Mercy mid-term availability
16:56 Okskaya Sudoverf puts into operation Belmax 4, fourth non-self-propelled barge of Project ROB20
16:34 Prosafe awarded important contract in Brazil
15:47 Orsted opts for Tekmar's CPS for Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm projects
15:28 Port of Rotterdam places a bee colony in the port area
14:44 Baltic Ports Conference 2018 will focus on financing, economy and energy supply
14:23 Jan De Nul launches ultra-low emission vessel Diogo Cão in China
13:41 Severnaya Verf will lay down a longline factory vessel Gandvik-1 on July 20
13:16 Tidewater and GulfMark to combine to create global offshore leader
12:48 Containership MOL Truth earned 'Ship of the Year 2017'
12:19 15,000 TEU container ship “Afif” named in London Gateway
11:27 Huntington Ingalls begins post-delivery work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
11:17 Boskalis secures contract of total value of $65 million
10:53 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:29 ABS to class FSRU for Turkey’s oil and gas distributor
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $72.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.01% to $67.06
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,695 points

2018 July 16

18:31 APL adds port calls to West Asia Express Service
18:16 Diana Shipping announces signing and drawdown of a US$75M Term Loan Facility with BNP Paribas
17:55 Director Kopczynska addresses WMU students and faculty on maritime Europe
17:40 Great Lakes announces receipt of $70 million San Jacinto award
17:33 Bollinger Shipyards commits USCG icebreaker program to Florida
17:31 New vehicle terminal announced at the Port of Southampton
17:18 Hapag-Lloyd hikes rates for East Asia-Arabian Gulf trade
17:08 ING Bank signed a USD 80 million syndicated loan agreement with NIBULON
16:43 Minimum training standards for fishers under review
16:25 USCG rescues 7 people from capsized boat near Horn Island
16:20 Port of Antwerp sets new records with best half year ever
15:56 Freeport of Riga showed good growth in the first half of 2018
15:32 Maersk Drilling secures two contract extensions in the North Sea
15:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 3.6% to 9.88 million TEUs in Jan-June’18
15:03 Van Oord will acquire MPI Offshore
14:44 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,589 in RF spot market
14:35 Wärtsilä to assist Transocean with thruster maintenance optimisation and dry-docking cost reductions
14:25 Jan De Nul Group acquires part of MPI’s offshore business unit
14:11 Fednav accepts delivery of MV Federal Dee, its 60th owned vessel
13:46 Eastern Shipbuilding inks contract with Bisso Offshore for RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tug duo
13:27 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s fleet is involved in a new international project
13:07 Court dismisses EUR 9 million claim against Armada Seismic Invest II AS
13:06 Hong Kong will host ShipTek Ship Owning & Ship Management Conference & Awards on 30 August 2018
12:48 Marine Recruiting Agency takes on a project of training crane specialists in Estonia
12:23 SEACOR Holdings announced that it favors a business combination of Dorian LPG LTD. and BW LPG Limited
12:02 IMO head highlights key maritime issues during trip to China
11:25 Fincantieri contracted to build LNG-fueled pair for TUI Cruises
11:01 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,666 points
10:44 Brent Crude futures price down 0.5% to $74.96, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.64% to $69.5
10:25 Mexico benefits from IMO training on port security
10:02 IMO held port emissions training for Argentina
09:52 CMA CGM's FAK rates for Asia to Red Sea trades
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in HI’18 up 1.7% Y-o-Y to 25.35 million tonnes
09:18 Port of Singapore throughput in HI’18 grew by 0.8% Y-o-Y to 312.79 million tonnes

2018 July 15

11:24 MAN Energy Solutions ready for SMM 2018
10:43 CMA CGM informs of FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean

2018 July 14

12:40 CMA CGM announces GRR for Far East to East Africa trade
11:41 ABP: Container terminal operation expansion to meet growing demand
10:14 Navtek selects Corvus Energy to provide battery for the world's first all-electric tug