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  • New conventions and amendments 1st July 2016.

    Below are 2 new conventions and amendments which are expected to enter into force from 1st July 2016. 1 July 2016 – SOLAS – container weight verification Amendments to SOLAS chapter VI. This was long pending issue and considered major cause of instability on container ship;… Read More ›

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  • Famous marine salvages

    The legal concept that a marine salvor is entitled to a reward for the saving of imperilled marine property has been a recognized part of the admiralty law for more than 3,000 years. SALCON 89 – International convention on Salvage… Read More ›

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  • Selection of right fasteners

    In many cases fastener failure has caused severe accidents on ships; causing fire, flooding and even loss of life. On board, general fasteners shouldn’t be used in machineries, when overhauling a machinery, sometimes it is necessary to replace fasteners like, bolts,… Read More ›

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  • Shore staff – 2015 Job concerns

    The 7th maritime employee survey carried out by Halcyon Recruitment and online training provider Coracle, which includes 3000 respondents from various backgrounds of  brokers, charterers, traders, senior management, technical, HSEQ, P&I, legal, insurance, vessel operators, liner trades, HR, crewing, admin, finance etc. The result… Read More ›

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  • Shipping confidence level

    As per shipping adviser Moore Stephens, overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell in the three months to November 2015, it is hovering at lowest level since this survey was started in the year 2008. Facts of this shipping confident survey… Read More ›

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  • Smartphone apps for seafarers

    There are 1.6 million apps in Google play  and 1.5 million in Apple app store, Amazon App store has 0.4million and Window phone store has 0.34 million apps. But for seafarers,  there are 10 free Smartphone apps , which every seafarers  must have. 1… Read More ›

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  • China ECA – A new addition to ECA

    DNV-GL-China-new-sulphur-requirements-2015_12China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection data shows that SO2 and NOx emissions from ships accounted for 8.4% and 11.3%, respectively, of China’s total emissions. So country had to work on it and they have planned to reduce SO2 emission by 65%… Read More ›

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  • Care of lub oil

    Lub oil is blood of the machinery; most valuable, so it requires utmost care. This is the only fluid in the machinery which needs to be supplied before starting without fail, rest all fluid, water, fuel etc, can be supplied… Read More ›

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  • ECA & CARB – Adaptation

    From the 1st January  2015 onwards, vessels are required to comply with stricter sulphur limits within Emission Control Areas (ECAs), vessels are using Ultra LS Fuel oil or LS Marine Gas Oil. The vessel specific change over procedure and calculators are being followed… Read More ›

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  • IMO maritime safety instruments – Summarised

    Below are some Marine Safety instrument name, Abbreviated Name, Date of entry into force: 1. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 , SOLAS 1974 ·         Chief maritime safety convention. Replaced SOLAS 1960 and introduced “tacit acceptance” amendment procedure… Read More ›

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  • New concept – no engine room -LNG-fuelled boxship

    Feasibility study carried out by GTT, CMA CGM (and its subsidiary CMA Ships) and DNV GL for new concept LNG propelled mega box ship, which will not require a engine room and hence reduce the requirement of engineers and engine crew. This Piston Engine… Read More ›

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  • Oil mist detector – a boon for engine and life on board

    The development of oil mist detector started way back in 1947 after crankcase explosion onboard the “ Reina del Pacifico” causing 28 deaths. As a result, first oil mist detector was marketed in 1960’s. In Nov 2010, there was a crankcase explosion and subsequent fire on board Carnival Splendor, the estimated cost of repairs, loss in revenue and passenger refund was approx. $65 million. —-SOLAS requirement for need of oil mist detector – Engines of 2,250 kW and above or having cylinders of more than 300mm bore shall be provided with crankcase oil mist detectors or engine bearing temperature monitors or equivalent devices.” Chapter II-I, Regulation 47.2 (1981)

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  • Main Engine Air cooler – Identifying leaky tubes

    Tubes of tube type air coolers are prone to leak after many years of operation. There are numerous reasons of tube leak, like: poor quality of material, poor water quality in cooling water system, low tube thickness, vibration, and erosion… Read More ›

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  • Port State Control: Trend analysis.

    Port state control; administrative burden or safety for all? Once an international convention comes into force , the key issue to maritime industry is, how to implement the related convention ? Contracting party,  government, in general terms of seafarers: Flag… Read More ›

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  • Basics and Refreshing about International Maritime Organization (IMO)

    IMO Works: Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans ‘’IMO is the United Nations’ specialized agency responsible for safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships’’ Present IMO Secretory – General : Mr. Koji… Read More ›

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  • Performance Appraisals: A mirror to our work

    As a Crewing and Training Manager, I review dozens of crew performance reports every week. Last week, a remark by a Master for a Chief Officer’s report had me confused. He had said “he is like a bull in a… Read More ›

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  • UNCLOS – Law of the Sea

    It is all about territorial waters; The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international agreement which defined the limits, their right and responsibilities of the nation’s towards their territorial water. It is sea treaty which establishes the… Read More ›

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  • Basics of International Maritime Law

    Every Citizen and seafarer must understand and need to know Law, types of law and how these laws are being implemented & adopted by Country, bodies who are making the law. No one can remember the whole maritime law, however below pointed out… Read More ›

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  • Coral Sea – IMO adapted introduction of ships’ routeing systems

    The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a Marine Notice 16/2015 to advise mariners, shipowners, ship operators and agents that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted two new two-way routes and an associated area to be avoided (ATBA) in the… Read More ›

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  • New Marine fuel on test bench

    New alternative marine fuel which is expected to be cheaper and environmentally safer than existing heavy fuel oil (HFO) will be on the test bench soon. Marine MSAR (Multiphase Superfine Atomised Residue) is developed by Quardise fuel Interntional , under… Read More ›

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