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

Second vessel ordered from RMK Marine

On December 8, 2016,  Pritchard-Gordon Tankers announced the order of a second 7,000 dwt tanker from RMK Marine (Istanbul).  The vessel is expected to deliver second quarter 2018.   Pritchard-Gordon Tankers specialises in ocean transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products in environmentally sensitive areas, using purpose built, shallow draft, double hull tankers. The Company … More Second vessel ordered from RMK Marine

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

FITNESS FOR DUTY AND WATCHKEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

TO: (I) MASTERS, OWNERS/OPERATORS OF JAMAICAN REGISTERED VESSELS (II) JAMAICAN SEAFARERS FROM: MARITIME AUTHORITY OF JAMAICA Note: This Circular is to be read in conjunction with the MAJ Circular 15-01-01- Minimum safe manning requirements. Introduction: STCW Convention and Code provides the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping of the seafarers and is from time to … More FITNESS FOR DUTY AND WATCHKEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE PROHIBITED ITEMS

It beginning to look alot like Christmas and many persons are already booked to cruise around the world on various cruise ships.  However,  if you plan to cruise with the Carnival Cruise Line, please note that the following additional   items are prohibited.  According to  Carnival Cruise Line, these prohibited items are necessary in order … More CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE PROHIBITED ITEMS

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

Gov’t to build capacity in new oil, gas sector

GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, November 28, 2016 The 2017 Budget has allocated $650M to build capacity in various fields within the emerging oil and gas sector. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan in his budget presentation on Monday,  in the National Assembly pointed out that  capacity building is part of a three- year development programme in the … More Gov’t to build capacity in new oil, gas sector