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Latest News

  • Electronic Certificates - Paris MoU issues guidelines

    The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has issued guidelines for the use of electronic certificates.   

  • AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports

    The AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 addresses the following areas; Software quality assurance, Anomalies, ECDIS data presentation and performance check dataset, Chart carriage requirements, Mode of ECDIS operation, ECDIS training requirements and Port state control inspections.

  • Caution Required When Using Nautical Charts of Arctic Waters

    Due to the significant limitations of Arctic charting, all mariners in Arctic waters are required to plan well in advance of any prospective voyages, to understand their environment, and to exercise extreme caution when on the water, in order to minimize the associated high levels of risk. Caution is equally essential when navigating with Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), as these official digital charts are based on the same limited or insufficient data as the official paper or electronic equivalent charts.

  • Concern over security situation in the Red Sea

    BIMCO have received 2 security advisories which are shared below. 

  • Ballast Water Management - the deadline 080917 is approaching

    The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) enters into force 8 September 2017. Under the Convention, all ships in international trade are required to manage their ballast water and sediments in accordance with an approved ship-specific ballast water management plan. All ships will also have to carry a ballast water record book and an international ballast water management certificate.

  • Seafarers Matter - Paris MoU releases 2016 Annual Report

    "Seafarers Matter" - Paris MoU releases its appropriately titled Annual Report for 2016. See its full report.   

  • Loading of iron fines from India - new procedures issued

    The Mercantile Marine department of the Ministry of Shipping, India issues new procedures and check list documents for the loading of iron ore fines.

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