Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

The third and final Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the American cargo ship El Faro has been scheduled for next month in Jacksonville, Florida. The hearing will take place on February 6, 2015, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center. It will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew … More Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes … More IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But … More Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday December 14, 2016 – Rice imports from Guyana and Suriname will now be allowed into Jamaica, after the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily halted the clearance of rice at all ports of entry over reports that plastic rice had entered the local market. On Monday, the JCA stopped the shipments and met … More What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

NTSB Releases El Faro VDR Bridge Audio Transcript; Opens Investigation Docket

The 500-page transcript from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder bridge audio was released Tuesday along with four other factual reports added to the NTSB’s El Faro investigation docket as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation into the maritime tragedy. The U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Faro sank Oct. 1, 2015 off Crooked Island, Bahamas during … More NTSB Releases El Faro VDR Bridge Audio Transcript; Opens Investigation Docket

IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulphur fuel oil requirement

In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020 was taken by the International … More IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulphur fuel oil requirement

CSA pledges USD10,000 for Hurricane-ravaged Haiti at opening of annual conference

A pledge of financial assistance to hurricane-ravaged Caribbean territory Haiti from President David Jean Marie marked the ceremonial opening of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday, October 17, 2016. “There is a need for urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti, … More CSA pledges USD10,000 for Hurricane-ravaged Haiti at opening of annual conference

Guyana will not fall victim of ‘resources curse’ – Greenidge

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Exploiting Guyana’s newfound oil resource must be balanced against environmental responsibilities and climate change. Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, said that this is part of the reality that has to be confronted in the development of an oil and gas sector. Speaking at the launch … More Guyana will not fall victim of ‘resources curse’ – Greenidge

Guyana’s quest for hydrocarbons

Guyana’s quest for hydrocarbons in commercial quantities has yielded positive results. The discovery of oil off Guyana’s shores will be integral to the long-term economic growth and development of the country. Guyana will now join the four (4) hydrocarbon producing CARICOM Member States: 1. Trinidad and Tobago 2. Suriname 3. Belize 4. Barbados More information available … More Guyana’s quest for hydrocarbons