A new department has been established within the IMO Secretariat to focus on supporting Member States to tackle key global issues in the context of international shipping – and help promote sustainable development..
Maritime shipping has one of the lowest carbon emissions compared to other modes of transport..
Despite this, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the regulatory authority for international shipping, has been working to reduce the harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960s..
In April 2018, the IMO adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..
As part of this strategy, on January 1st 2020 IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI (colloquially known as IMO2020) regulated to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50% was implemented..
We caught up with Roel Hoenders, Acting Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Sub-Division for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, with the IMO for his views on the implementation of the #IMO2020, and also to discuss the best practices and guidelines for Port State Controls (PSC)..
January 1st 2020 saw the implementation of IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI (colloquially known as IMO2020) regulated to lower the current global limit for sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.50% to 0.50%.. VLSFO (Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil) is one of the options suggested by IMO to achieve this reduction..
Shipping lines and fuel companies have been trying and several blended fuels that would help achieve these levels..
But the one month old VLSFO is already facing issues relating to emissions..
Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, Maersk Honam has a new lease on life as Maersk Halifax.. As has been reported quite elaborately here, on the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk’s ultra-large container ships caught fire in the Arabian Sea between India’s West Coast and Oman while en-route from Singapore to Egypt..
Five crew members perished in this incident which was one of several maritime disasters which have container ships in recent history..
A seafarer is never at the front or the back of a ship; they are at the bow or the stern. They are never on the left or right side, but rather port or starboard. They are never in their bedroom or the kitchen, but they might be in their cabin or in the galley. A ship’s speed is not measured in miles or kilometres per hour, but rather in knots. A ship, of course, is referred often as “she” and not always as “it”.
These are the things we might think of when we hear a phrase like “Maritime English”.
2019 seems to be fast becoming the year of maritime disasters.. There have been several maritime disasters one after the other in the recent years, especially in 2019.. In the latest incident on the 25th of May, a fire broke out on board a container ship KMTC Hong Kong, at the Laem Chabang port in Thailand..
It has been reported that a fire erupted on the ship triggering a blast which left at least 25 workers suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries, forcing officials to evacuate workers and temporarily close three piers..
We reported previously that 75 countries may face the chop from the IMO “White List” for alleged non-compliance of the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW)..
South Africa was one among the 75 countries and naturally SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) was quite concerned and had taken the matter seriously..
It has emerged now that through a series of discussions with the IMO, SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) has managed to pull back this de-listing.. 🙂
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) maintains a “White List” which is a list of member states (countries) who have confirmed to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to be following the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW).. A position on the White List means that certificates issued by or … Read more here..