When it comes to fishing vessel safety, the mission is clear, says Sandra Allnutt of the International Maritime Organization (IMO): enhance safety to save lives.
"We want to reduce loss of life in one of the most dangerous professions in the world, and we want to enhance safety on board fishing vessels," said Ms Allnutt, Head of Maritime Technology in IMO's Maritime Safety Division, following a regional seminar, in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote ratification and implementation of a key fishing vessel safety treaty known as the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.
"This Agreement, once fully ratified, in force and implemented, will be an internationally binding agreement which will facilitate better control of fishing vessel safety by flag, port and coastal States. It will also contribute to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing" Ms Allnutt said.
The Cape Town Agreement was adopted at an international conference held in South Africa in 2012, as a means to bring into effect the provisions of the 1977 Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, which was later modified by the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol. In ratifying the 2012 Agreement, Parties agree to amendments to the provisions of the 1993 Protocol, so that they can come into force as soon as possible thereafter.
The treaty will enter into force 12 months after at least 22 States, with an aggregate 3,600 fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over operating on the high seas have expressed their consent to be bound by it. To date, seven countries have ratified the Cape Town Agreement: Congo, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway and South Africa. Between them, they have an aggregate of 884 fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over operating on the high seas.
International treaties such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) have been in force for decades for commercial shipping industry, including cargo and passenger ships. However, the key instrument applicable to fishing vessels is still not in force. This means there are no mandatory international requirements for stability and associated seaworthiness, life-saving appliances, communications equipment or fire protection, as well as fishing vessel construction.
The Cape Town Regional Seminar (16 to 20 October 2017) was attended by participants from 10 countries in the Africa Anglophone region. It followed similar events, organized by IMO in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), including, in the Cook Islands (28 August - 1 September 2017), for 10 countries in the Pacific region; in Côte d'Ivoire (December 2016), for 12 countries from the Africa Francophone region; in Indonesia (April 2015), for 11 countries from the East Asia region; in Belize (October 2014), for 13 countries in the Caribbean; and in Peru (June 2014), for 12 countries in Latin America.
Future seminars are planned to be held in further region(s) during 2018.
The IMO Assembly, meeting in November 2017, is expected to adopt a resolution to extend the IMO ship identification number scheme, on a voluntary basis, to fishing vessels of 100 gross tonnage and above of non-steel construction and all motorized inboard fishing vessels of less than 100 gross tonnage down to a size limit of 12 metres in length overall (LOA) authorized to operate outside waters under national jurisdiction of the flag State. This move is expected to contribute to the fight against IUU fishing and to the implementation of the FAO Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels.
IMO is also undertaking a comprehensive review of its treaty on training of fishing vessel personnel, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, which entered into force in 2012. The aim is to update and revise the treaty, taking into account the unique nature of the fishing industry, the fishing working environment and the need to prevent damage to the marine environment.
Source: IMO's website.
Solutions to address human-induced "Ocean Change" are needed to save life in the ocean and reverse the cycle of decline in which it is caught, according to Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Peter Thomson, who was visiting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, said that as a Fijian, he had personally witnessed the degradation of the marine environment in his lifetime, citing marine litter and coral bleaching as just two examples.
"As a grandfather I find these changes tragic. It is time for us to implement the solutions to ocean's many problems," he said.
Special Envoy Thomson told a briefing of IMO senior staff that the UN Ocean Conference, held in New York in June 2017, had demonstrated a clear will and commitment by all sectors of the ocean community to support the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14. SDG14 calls for the world to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the ocean for sustainable development. "We are all aware of 'Climate Change'; but we need to talk more about 'Ocean Change' and the effects of acidification, warming, plastic pollution, dead zones and so on," Thomson said. "The world must know that we have a plan to save the ocean. As it stands, SDG14 represents the only universal commitment we have to save life in the ocean for our grandchildren to enjoy. We have a strategy to drive SDG14 and what is required over the next three years is concerted action." The UN Ocean Conference resulted in a firm Call for Action declaration, subsequently adopted by consensus at the UN General Assembly, to support the implementation of SDG14. More than 1,400 voluntary commitments have been pledged as a result the conference and these are now being shaped into Communities of Ocean Action.
Special Envoy Thomson said he would be working closely with these communities to ensure the commitments were being developed and implemented into meaningful ocean action.
He said he would be cooperating with Member States and the UN system to optimize the effectiveness of UN-Oceans, the UN's inter-agency mechanism for ocean action. Equally important, he said, would be his work with civil society, the scientific community, the business sector, and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of SDG 14.
Thomson emphasized that IMO, as the United Nations agency responsible for developing and adopting measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships, had an integral role to play in the effort to meet SDG14's targets.
IMO has adopted regulations to protect the marine environment from ships, including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL), and the Ballast Water Management Convention, which aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful aquatic invasive species.
IMO is the Secretariat for The London Convention and Protocol, treaties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea, and these are hosted by IMO. The 2016 Strategic Plan for the London Protocol/Convention has been registered as a voluntary commitment under SDG 14.
IMO also fulfills secretariat functions for the Joint Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body of the United Nations. GESAMP has issued peer-reviewed reports on microplastics in the marine environment and on other relevant topics.
IMO is one of the partners in the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which is managed by UN Environment, with IMO co-leading on sea-based sources of marine litter together with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Peter Thomson was appointed as Special Envoy for the Ocean by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in September.
Source: IMO's website
Iran Transportation & Logistics Forum 5-6 November 2017, Tehran /Iran
Considering Iran's special conditions after opening its doors to international business, it is quite vital to make major improvements in its business atmosphere and strategy. Re-flourishing of the national economy at various fields will definitely depends on the developing of the transportation sector at national level and this stipulates the pivotal role of this sector for achieving the main goals in Iran's 2025 vision plan. After strengthening Iran's platform in the international arena ,the Iran Transportation & Logistics Forum will be held by Transportation & Logistics Federation of Iran and IICIC, with the main aim of introducing transportation projects and attracting national and international investments. Iran has been the cradle and crossroad of important cultures and civilizations as of ancient ages and since then transportation were quite important in this country.
Nowadays, Iran will be recognized as a transportation hub at regional and international levels, with remarkable capacities and potentials for further development of this sector. Transportation & Logistics Federation of Iran as an upstream organization, in close cooperation with its members and bodies, will definitely play a pivotal role in transportation economy at national level. The Federation, in the context of its mission and through taking advantage of national and international potentials of transportation and logistics sector, strives continuously to make substantial improvements in this indusy, leading to enhancing the business opportunities and opening new horizons for entrepreneurs and businesspersons. the Iran Transportation & Logistics Forum, with full support of the Government, Ministry of Road & Urban Development, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture and other relevant organizations, would be greatly honored to invite all involved national and international investors, transportation companies, active in various disciplines of this sector (air, surface, naval and railroad transportation), consulting companies, scientific and educational institutions, banks and insurance & financial companies to take part actively in this significant event for accessing to first-hand information on Iran's transportation and logistics investment and cooperation opportunities as well as familiarizing with latest developments and trends in this sector.
All plenary sessions will be held on November 5-6, 2017 at IRIB International Conference Center, located at opposite Velenjak Ave., Chamran Highway, Tehran - Iran. For more details and registration please visit http://www.iicic.com/logistics/
(IAPH) world ports conference that will held in Baku, Azerbaijan, 8-11 May 2018, hosted by "Baku International Sea Trade Port" CJSC (Port of Baku).
The main theme of IAPH 2018 is "Ports of the Future: Creating Hubs, Accelerating Connectivity". We will discuss the mainstream developments in the Port industry including, multimodal transportation and containerization of world terrestrial and maritime trade; the synergy between ports and free trade zones; and the implications of major global transport initiatives such as "One Belt, One Road", the Baku-Axalkalaki-Kars railroad and the North-South transport corridor on global economic growth.
Four-day conference will focus on the important and interesting topics like emerging transport corridors in the region and around the world, contribution of the free trade zones to the domestic economy and the economy of the neighboring countries, the concept of "SmartPorts", "Green Ports" as well as marine tourism. The conference agenda also includes technical visit to the new Port of Baku in Alat. The participant will get a chance to see Alat Free Trade Zone which is a main part of Azerbaijan's grand hub vision.
For further information and registration please visithttp://www.iaphbaku2018.com
Russian developers have launched a project for an integrated marine robotic system of anthropomorphic type for offshore operations. The project, described as unique, will be presented by MariNet, the National Technological Initiative (NTI) working group, on the sidelines of the International Exhibition NEVA-2017 in St Petersburg, September 19-21.
The development of offshore projects requires the creation of innovative technological solutions by the scientific community that will enable operators to increase development of offshore resources. Obviously, the development of offshore projects necessitates the most cost-effective and safe technologies.
One of the developers, OJSC Scientific Production Association 'Android Techniques' has proposed an underwater complex of anthropomorphic type under the heading Offshore Robotics."
Under this project, the integrated maritime robotic system provides the interaction of underwater, surface and air unmanned vehicles, while the Intellectual Information Management System (IMS) allows an operator to simplify and automate the behaviour control of robots. With the IMS the operator can develop a mission, test it, programme the functioning of each robot, monitor the process execution and the technical condition of the elements of the complex robotic system, collect and process the incoming data, quickly correct the actions or change the mission completely.
Notice of Directorate General for Regulation of Maritime and Inland Waters, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications informs that due to going on search and rescue (SAR) operation for castaway in vicinity of Akıntı Point which is in traffic seperation line, the İstanbul Strait will be closed on Northbound and Southbound to sea traffic, between 10:00 - 18:00 hours on 8 August 2017. If the castaway could not be found same operation will be repeated on 10 August 2017.
The notification of closures will be at short notice and all the vessels and sea crafts sailing in the local traffic should observe the warnings and cautions to be issued by the Vessel Traffic Center and Stations concerned so as not to hinder the sea crafts in the region.
Source: Directorate General for Regulation of Maritime and Inland Waters, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.
Due to the amendment on Maritime
Traffic Regulations for the Turkish Straits; vessels transiting through the
Turkish Straits can remain for 168 hours to obtain necessary provisions and
needs in the locations designated anchorage areas (indicated in the Regulation
article 23). In such cases they shall get permission from the Vessel Traffic
Service Centers and will stay under the surveillance of the concerned
authorities without taking free pratique. Administration could shorten that
period if it is considered necessary.
AT ISTANBUL STRAIT, DRILLING OPERATION IS BEING CONDUCTED BY R/V FUGRO SCOUT BETWEEN 26 JUL–26 AUG 2017 IN AREA BOUNDED BY FOLLOWING GEOGRAPHICAL POSITIONS.
41 04.14 N - 029 02.79 E
41 04.15 N - 029 03.44 E
41 03.98 N - 029 03.45 E
41 03.74 N - 029 03.22 E
41 04.03 N - 029 02.70 E
WIDE BERTH REQUESTED
ALL VESSELS NAVIGATING IN THE AREA ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICES.
REFFERRING IMO A.827(19) RESOLUTION WHICH STRONGLY RECOMMENDS TAKING PILOT IN TURKISH STRAITS AND CONSIDERING THE AREA OF DRILLING OPERATION AS A PERILOUS, ALL VESSELS INTEND TO PASS THE STRAIT ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE PILOT FOR SAFE OF NAVIGATION.
The second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships has been released. The latest practical advice has been compiled by the joint industry group, which is led by BIMCO and now includes new members OCIMF and IUMI, as well as the original contributors CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO. The second edition includes information on insurance issues and how to effectively segregate networks, as well as new practical advice on managing the ship to shore interface, and how to handle cyber security during port calls and when communicating with the shore side.
The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships have also been aligned with the recommendations given in the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Guidelines on cyber risk management which were adopted in June 2017. A new subchapter on insurance has been added, looking at coverage after a cyber incident as this is an important part of the risk assessment which shipowners should now take into consideration. Finally, the Annex, which explains about networks, has been rewritten based on real experience of shipowners segregating networks on their ships.
The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships is available to download on all joint industry working group websites, including ICS. Visit http://bit.ly/2tmwGZ3.
Source: ICS Press Relesase
Continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships has been revealed in the second quarter piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). According to the report, the first half of 2017 saw a total of 87 incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre compared with 97 for the same period of the previous year.
Recording some of the lowest figures seen in the last five-year period, the latest piracy report shows that in the first six-months of 2017, 63 vessels were boarded, 12 fired upon, four were hijacked and attacks were attempted on another eight vessels. A total of 63 crew have been taken hostage so far, this year while 41 have been kidnapped from their vessels, three injured and two killed.
The encouraging downward trend has been marred however by the hijacking of a small Thai product tanker en route from Singapore to Songkhla, Thailand. The hijacking, at the end of June, was conducted by six heavily armed pirates who transferred 1,500 MT of gas oil to another vessel. The incident followed a similar pattern to a series of product tanker hijackings in the region which occurred approximately every two weeks between April 2014 and August 2015.
Somali pirates remain threat to merchant ships
The hijacking of an Indian dhow in early April was one of five incidents off Somalia reported in the second quarter of 2017. Added to a further three reports of vessels coming under fire and a bulk carrier being boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the incident reveals that Somali pirates still retain the skills and capacity to attack merchant ships far from coastal waters. The piracy report urges ship masters to maintain high levels of vigilance when transiting the high-risk area and to adhere to the latest version of best management practices.
Pirates in Nigeria continue to dominate when it comes to reports of kidnappings. So far, this year they have been responsible for the abduction of 31 crew in five reported incidents. The numbers include 14 crew members taken from two separate vessels in the second quarter of the year.
Piracy and armed robbery
Since 1991 the IMB 24-hour-manned Piracy Reporting Centre, has provided the maritime industry, governments and response agencies with timely and transparent data on piracy and armed robbery incidents – received directly from the vessel masters or owners.
IMB strongly urges all shipmasters and owners to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the Piracy Reporting Centre. This first step in the response chain is vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy. Transparent statistics from an independent, non-political, international organization can act as a catalyst to achieve this goal.
Source: ICC IMB Press Release.
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