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Nobody, from the individual with an inexpensive laptop to those overseeing sophisticated business systems, can be unaware of the need for cyber security.
Foreign vessels operating in United States waters are subject to inspection under Title 46 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) Chapter 33. Reciprocity is accorded to vessels of countries that are parties to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). In addition, certain provisions of the pollution prevention and navigation safety regulations (33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 154-156 and 164, respectively) apply to foreign vessels operating in the United States waters.
The guidance covers issues of training and competency for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and helps interpret IMO requirements for ECDIS training. Discrepancies have arisen between flag states’ regulations and training that is aimed at meeting the IMO standards.
The complexity of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) should be recognised and a watchkeeping officer should be competent and confident in the operation of ECDIS.
In a year that is bound to be challenging for tankers, increasing focus will be on the different disruptions affecting the market and bringing about rate spikes
US President Obama has issued an Executive Order with the heading “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia”, which could have an impact on the possibility for paying ransom under some circumstances. The situation is not clear and perhaps some ship owners will consider how to address this situation before transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. On that background, we hereby include an updated version of our calculations regarding the cost part of the decision to go round the Cape of the Good Hope.
The ending of the monsoon has focused increased attention on the piracy issue and thus also the costs of piracy.
Starting at 10:00 CET this webinar focuses on the increasing problems with ships being abused as mules by drug smugglers in South America.