Republic of Marshall Islands Flag Approval

S.Q.S.S Training Institute has been approved by the Republic of Marshall Islands for providing security training courses of high Quality!!!

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Class NKK Certified Training!!!

S.Q.S.S Training Institute has been approved by leading classification society ClassNK for providing security training courses of high Quality!!!

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Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa

The international shipping community is being warned of the potential dangers from the unprecedented Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. Three global shipping organizations today issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Port Security Stressed to reduce stowaways

IMO Regional Seminar on Stowaways in West and Central Africa: Analysis of the current situation and measures to reduce their number was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 25 to 27 March 2014.

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ILO, Maritime sector to address abandonment of seafarers and shipowners’ liability

GENEVA – The world’s leading maritime nations and representatives of ship owners and seafarers, are to address the issues of abandonment of seafarers and the rapid settlement of claims for compensation.

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Goal-Based Standards (GBS) verification process is underway

Goal-based ship construction standards (GBS) audit teams will be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers.

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ILO tripartite constituents to discuss shipowner liability and abandonment of seafarers

Government, worker and employer representatives of the ILO Governing Body approved plans for an international tripartite meeting to be held next year to discuss proposed amendments regarding shipowner liability and abandonment of seafarers.

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Ballast water treatment system test organizations launch GloBal TestNet group

A new formal group of organizations involved in testing for the certification of ballast water treatment systems has been set up, known as the “GloBal TestNet”, to facilitate increased standardization and harmonization of test procedures and information exchange.

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High-viscosity PIB carried by ship to be subject to stringent discharge requirements

IMO’s Working Group on the Evaluation of Safety and Pollution Hazards of Chemicals (ESPH 19), meeting at IMO Headquarters from 21 to 25 October, has agreed to classify high-viscosity PIB (Polyisobutylene) as category X for carriage by ship, thereby prohibiting the discharge of cargo residues into the sea.

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IMO/IPIECA Global Initiative to hold its flagship oil spill response conference for west, central and southern Africa in November

The biennial Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) will be held from the 4 to 8 November, in Swakopmund, Namibia.

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India Charges 33 Aboard Armed U.S. ‘Anti-Piracy’ Ship

(Reuters) – India has charged 33 men aboard an armed ship operated by a U.S. maritime security firm for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons in Indian waters, police said on Saturday, a move that could trigger diplomatic tensions.

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Environment: How Can We Reduce Marine Litter?

The seas and oceans are increasingly becoming the waste dump of the planet. Plastic waste forms 80 % of the enormous waste patches in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, with fatal consequences for numerous sea species.

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Marine geoengineering including ocean fertilization to be regulated under amendments to international treaty

Marine geoengineering, including ocean fertilization, will be regulated under amendments to the 1996 Protocol to the international treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes and other matter at sea.

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World Maritime Day 2013: “Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20”- Update

The 26th of September 2013 marks the 36th celebration of World Maritime Day. This year’s theme is: "Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20".

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World Maritime Day 2013: “Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20”

IMO will host a special one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, on 26 September 2013, World Maritime Day.

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Future Ship Safety- A time for Change?

The IMO Symposium on the Future of Ship Safety concluded with a statement urging a comprehensive review of the existing safety regulatory framework.

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Ten Most Frequently MLC, 2006 Deficiencies Observed

This is the analysis of all deficiencies informed by inspectors during the initial inspections of vessels carried out from March to June 2013 according to MLC, 2006 requirements.

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Shipping Urged to Check Security Plans

In the wake of an attempted terrorist attack on a vessel transiting the Suez Canal, and as evidence emerges of threats to vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has stressed the need for shipping companies to urgently check that ship security plans are in place, are workable and fit for purpose.

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DOLE-NCR Opens Hotline for MLC, 2006

Seafarers, ship owners, maritime stakeholders, and even the general public who would like to know more about the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, or who have queries on its implementation, can now use the hotline of the DOLE-National Capital Region which it has opened specifically for the MLC, 2006.

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BIMCO: Professionalism The Key to MLC 2006 Success

The “fourth pillar” of maritime regulation – the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – is now in place and along with high hopes for trouble-free implementation, will be soon making its mark. Will it really make a difference?

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Algeria Shunts Gas from Italy Into Global LNG Exports

Algeria's output of liquefied natural gas (LNG) may rise after officials agreed to scale back piped gas deliveries to Italy, signaling a shift in export strategy for Africa's biggest gas producer.

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BSEE and DOE Collaborate for Safe Offshore Energy Development

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy signed a Memorandum of Collaboration this week that will coordinate the ongoing efforts of the two agencies on offshore research and technological improvement projects.

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UN Chief Urges Collective Action to Fight Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea in Central Africa

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called today on Central African leaders to collectively focus on conflict prevention in the subregion and to fight the threats of piracy and armed robbery at sea, as well as other security challenges.

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New Horizon for Vietnamese seafarers

With the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 now in force, ratifying countries, like Vietnam, are now turning to implementation.

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MARTHA: A New HORIZON For Maritime Safety

With increasing concerns over human safety, environmental damage and commercial loss, researchers at Southampton Solent University have been awarded $1.5 million by the TK Foundation in Nassau, Bahamas, to lead an additional international research project into seafarer fatigue.

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IMO Secretary-General welcomes entry into force of Maritime Labour Convention

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu today (20 August) welcomed the entry into force of the 
Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a sister UN agency to IMO.

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Avoiding “Death Traps on Ships” – Understanding Dangers of Mooring Operation

A cargo vessel’s main earning potential is not tested from the amount of time it travels at the sea but from the efficiency of its operation at ports where the cargo is handled.

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Maritime Labour Convention 2006: What it is, what it does, how it works

With the Maritime Labour Convention due to come into force on 20 August, the ILO has compiled a guide to this historic 'seafarers' bill of rights.'

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Arctic Voyage to Give IMO Secretary-General First-hand Insight on Polar Issues

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu departs later this week (Thursday 15 August) on a 5-day Arctic sea voyage as part of a fact-finding mission to the region.

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India: Guidelines Issued On Armed Guards for Merchant Ships

Suitable guidelines have been issued by the Government on deployment of armed security guards on board merchant ships to enable deployment of private armed security guards on Indian flag merchant ships particularly when transiting through the high risk area (HRA) in the Gulf of Aden region in Africa.

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Shipping in 2030

"Prophecy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks." So said author Mark Twain. Sticking their necks out are British institutions, in their new report, Global Marine Trends 2030.

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PMSC checklist

Private maritime security companies (PMSCs) exploded in numbers as the Somali threat hit world shipping three to four years ago.

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Response To UK Ratification Of The Maritime Labour Convention

Mark Brownrigg, Director-General of the UK Chamber of Shipping said: “We are delighted to hear that the UK has yesterday formally ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), consolidating international labour and employment standards and setting minimum global standards for seafarers’ living and working conditions.

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Global Investigation Reveals True Scale of Ocean Warming: Species Changing Breeding Times, Shifting Homes

Warming oceans are causing marine species to change breeding times and shift homes with expected substantial consequences for the broader marine landscape, according to a new global study.

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Malta Insists Rescued Migrants and M/T Salamis To Be Denied Entry

Malta said on Tuesday it would not allow a tanker which picked up 102 migrants off the Libyan coast to dock, despite a call from the European Union for it to do so on humanitarian grounds.

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Port reception facilities under MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V enter into force

From August 1st, 2013, MARPOL Amendments to Annexes I,II,IV and V will enter into force.
MARPOL is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. 

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Interior Holds First-Ever Competitive Lease Sale for Renewable Energy in Federal Waters

Historic Auction Leases Nearly 165,000 Acres Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for Wind Energy Development, Advances President's Climate Action Plan

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Marine Life Gets Drowned Out as Oceans Get Noisier

 Human-generated noise, predominately caused by shipping, has been rising since at least the 1960s in line with trends in global trade.

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Bigger Ships Mean $13 Billion in Port Spending

Europe’s busiest container terminals are seeing their margins put under pressure as they expand to cater to the world’s largest box ships at a time when economic weakness is hurting volumes.

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Experts Forge Ahead in Global Assessment of Micro-plastics in Marine Environment

International experts have met in London to review the growing problems in the marine environment caused by micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain. 

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An Innovative Ship Repair Zone in Piraeus Prepares for the Future

 Much has been reported in recent years about the fiscal crisis in Greece and in one of its major industrial sectors, the ship repair industry. Some shipyards are in bankruptcy. Substantial EU restrictions have been imposed on others. Union issues and more affect the sector. But crisis creates opportunities.

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How Team Meetings Help to Improve Safety and Efficiency of Ships?

Today, most Seamen live and work on board ships in a multinational and multicultural environment. Apart from the national flag ships, it is very common to see a mixture of two or more nationalities on ships these days. With multinational ship crew there are differences in language, lifestyles, religion and culture.

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The Menace of Maritime Piracy and Somali Pirates – Is There a Solution?

Maritime piracy must have been in existence ever since the first ship set its sails on the high seas. Talk about sea pirates to your friends or relatives and the first thing that would come to their minds are the images of Capt. Jack sparrow and Barbossa from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

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IMO Increases Its Focus On Efficiency

At the 110th session of the IMO Council, the 2014-2015 budget was subject to intensive debate. A crucial issue was the prioritisation and effectivisation of the IMO tasks, including the restructuring of the Sub-Committees.

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“IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” Selected as World Maritime Day Theme for 2014

The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2014.

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Updated list of MLC States that have confirmed an IG club certificate of entry will evidence financial security

Following the developments concerning the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, the list of member states who have confirmed that an IG Club certificate of entry should be acceptable evidence of a shipowners’ financial security is now up to 24:

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Technical Co-Operation to Improve Maritime Conditions in Developing Countries

At last week’s session of the Technical Co-Operation Committee (TC 63) of the IMO, it was inter alia debated how the technical transfer of knowledge and best practices to developing countries can improve maritime relations worldwide.

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IMO Secretary-General welcomes adoption of new west and central Africa piracy and maritime law enforcement code by Heads of State

 IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the signature by 22 States of the Code of Conduct concerning the prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa. 

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Why Accidents On Ships Occur In Spite of Checklists and Safety Precautions?

Life at sea can be exciting as well as fun.  One who is venturing out to the sea must also be aware of the dangers lying ahead. The biggest danger of all as compared to the natural disasters is negligence and failure to learn from our own mistakes.

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MV Albedo Sinks In Rough Seas After Being Held By Somali Pirates For Over Two And A Half Years

EU Naval Force can confirm that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates at an anchorage close to the Somali Coast, has sunk in rough seas.

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