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

A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

While most of us have been taking advantage of the holiday period to spend time with our family and friends, I am very much aware that, for many in the shipping industry, this has not been possible. For the shipping industry, and for the seafarers who operate the ships, the holiday period is the same … More A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

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

IMO Warns On Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has taken action to warn ship Masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter, which was carrying 46,400 tonnes of bauxite when it sank rapidly with 18 … More IMO Warns On Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

We Won’t Learn Anything: What Sank El Faro and What Didn’t

On Wednesday night, the final rescue crews on the El Faro mission called in, “We are returning to base – negative results,” and left the search area. The hearts of family and friends finished a breaking that began a week ago, and all they are left with now are questions. As unspeakably tragic as the last week has been, I … More We Won’t Learn Anything: What Sank El Faro and What Didn’t