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ISM and MLC Training in Guyana

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The training was provided by International Register Training Institute (IRTI) which is a division within International Register of Shipping (IRS). The training is part of our on-going commitment to partner with developing countries in enhancing their maritime safety and environmental protection. As an approved Recognized Organization by the Guyana Maritime Administration, IRS also plays a key role to certify compliance of their international and national fleet in accordance with the applicable safety regulations as well as supporting the administrations implementation of the IMO instruments.

Visit From St. Kitts & Nevis

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The International Register of Shipping (IRS) was visited by the St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, and Transport, the Honorable Ian “Patches” Liburd, on the 24th of August 2019. The visit took place at the IRS technical head office located in Miami, USA. The IRS Technical Head Office is responsible for congtrolling all activities of IRS services worldwide, pertaining to classification, statutory certification, verification, training and advisory services for marine and offshore industry with the objhective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Minister Liburd met the staff, took a tour of the office and a presentation was made by IRS to better familiarize the Minister with working procedures and services.

Julian Padilla, Co-founder of IRS, emphasized that the visit of Minister Liburd was an opportune time for IRS to strengthen its continued growth with St. Kitts and Nevis. IRS is strongly supportive of unity and harmony with all its flag state authorizations.

Mr. Ian “Patches” Liburd is a politician and Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis. A private sector-groomed professional for over 18 years, he has also served at the top management level in the public sector as the Chief Executive Office of St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports from 1995 to 1999, and Director of Maritime Affairs from 1999 to 2000. Following the Team Unity victory in the 2015 general election, Liburd was appointed Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urvan Development, and Transport on the 22nd of February 2015.

The St. Kitts & Nevis flag administration is one of 25 flag states that have approved IRS as a recognized organization. With over 100 survey stations around the glove, 25 years of experience and a staff consisting of technical experts, IRS continues to provide the support, experience and technical expertise needed for flag states to properly manage their worldwide fleet as per the RO Code.

Entry into force of Anti-Fouling Systems Convention

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The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, which was adopted on 5 October 2001, will enter into force on 17 September 2008.

A “harmful anti-fouling system” is currently defined as any system that includes organotin compounds which act as biocides, although there is provision for additional harmful systems to be included in the future. Compliance with the convention is achieved if the ship:

Does not bear such compounds on its hull or external parts or surfaces; or

Bears a coating that forms a barrier to such compounds leaching from the underlying non-compliant anti-fouling systems.

This applies to all ships except fixed or floating platforms, floating storage units (FSUs), and floating production storage and off-loading units (FPSOs) that have been constructed prior to 1 January 2003 and that have not been in dry-dock on or after 1 January 2003. While fixed or floating platforms, FSUs and FPSO which have been constructed prior to 1 July 2003, but have not been into dry dock on or after that date, are not legally required to comply with the ban on bearing TBT compounds, it is recommended that they do so as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Survey and Certification
Only ships of 400 gross tonnage and above (excluding fixed, floating platforms, FSUs and FPSOs) engaged in international voyages are subject to surveys under the Convention. Surveys are required as follows:

An initial survey before the ship is put into service or before the International Anti-Fouling System Certificate is issued for the first time; and

A survey when the anti-fouling systems are changed or replaced, undertaken to enable the endorsement of the Anti-Fouling System Certificate.

Similarly, only ships of 400 gross tonnage and above engaged in international voyages are required to have an International Anti-Fouling System Certificate. These certificates will be issued after a required survey, as outlined above, is completed. IRS has been authorized by various flag administrations for survey and issuance of International Anti-Fouling System Certificate.

Existing ships must comply with Sewage Pollution regulations by September 27, 2008

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Regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage as per Annex IV of MARPOL 73/78 entered into force on 27 September 2003. A revised Annex was adopted on 1 April 2004, with an entry into force date of 1 August 2005.

Existing ships of 400 GT and above and ships below 400 GT that are certified to carry more than 15 persons will be required to comply with the provisions of the revised Annex IV five years after the date of entry into force of Annex IV, namely from 27 September 2008. The Annex requires ships to be equipped with either a sewage treatment plant or a sewage comminuting and disinfecting system or a sewage holding tank.

The discharge of sewage into the sea will be prohibited, except when the ship has in operation an approved sewage treatment plant or is discharging comminuted and disinfected sewage using an approved system at a distance of more than three nautical miles from the nearest land; or is discharging sewage which is not comminuted or disinfected at a distance of more than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land.

Annex IV also contains requirements for survey and issuance of International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificates (ISPP). IRS has been authorized by various flag administrations to issue International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificates (ISPP). Please contact one of our offices for further information or assistance in compliance.

Panama Requirements for Vessels Calling at Paris MOU ports (106-26-DGMM)

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Resolution 106-26-DGMM issued by the Panama Maritime Authority makes it mandatory for all Panamanian vessels over 20 years old to undergo an occasional survey by the recognized organization prior to entering Paris MOU ports. Such occasional surveys will be valid for a period for 6 months.

Any ship which is detained in a Paris MOU port without undergoing such occasional survey could be subject to cancellation from the Panamanian registry. If a ship gets detained after such occasional survey might result in suspension of the recognized organization by the Panama Maritime Authority. Scope of such occasional survey will include all mandatory aspects applicable for Panamanian vessels and is not restricted to aspects related to certificates issued by IRS.

In addition to the above Panamanian vessels detained twice in the Paris MOU region during a period of six months may be subject to cancellation by the registry. Resolution also require the registry to investigate past history of the incoming vessels before permitting provisional registration.

International Register of Shipping (IRS) views this resolution very seriously. All owners/ managers of Panamanian vessels older than 20 years and certified by IRS are requested to take this as a notification that their vessels shall not proceed to Paris MOU ports, without obtaining written clearance, after completion of the occasional survey as prescribed by the Panamanian Maritime Authority, by a surveyor nominated by the technical head office of the society.

A copy of the English translation of the resolution can be obtained by clicking here

A copy of the official Spanish version of the resolution can obtained by clicking here.

IMDG Code 33rd Amendments entered in to force on January 1, 2008

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At its eighty-first session in May 2006, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted Amendment 33-06, in accordance with resolution MSC.205(81, to the IMDG Code which entered into force on 1 January 2008.

These amendments inter alia include those prepared on the basis of proposals received from IMO Member Governments and Organizations and those prepared by the UN Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

They relate to transport of:

  • Ethylene Oxide with Nitrogen up to a total pressure of 1 Mpa (10 bar) at 500C(UN 1040);
  • Polymeric beads (UN 2211);
  • Plastics moulding compound (UN 3314);
  • Ammonium Nitrate (UN 1942) and
  • Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer (UN 2067);
  • segregation provisions for class 8 acids and alkalis when not in limited quantities; and
  • the packaging of articles containing dangerous goods in limited quantities.
  • A copy of the Resolution MSC 205(81) can be downloaded by following this link

STCW Amendment on qualification of SSO in force from January, 1, 2008

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At the 81st session of IMO’s Maritime Safety committee, two resolutions namely MSC.203(81) – Adoption of amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended; and MSC.209(81) – Adoption of amendments to Part A of the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code); were adopted. These amendments entered in to force on January 1, 2008.

The amendments stipulate mandatory training and certification requirements for persons to be designated as Ship Security Officers (SSOs). The amendments to the STCW Convention and to parts A and B of the STCW Code include:
• Requirements for the issue of certificates of proficiency for Ship Security Officers;
• Specifications of minimum standards of proficiency for Ship Security Officers; and
• Guidance regarding training for Ship Security Officers.

Further amendments to part A of the STCW Code add additional training requirements for the launching and recovery of fast rescue boats. The amendments have been prepared in response to reports of injuries to seafarers in numerous incidents involving the launching and recovery of fast rescue boats in adverse weather conditions.

A Party may continue to recognize personnel who hold, or can document, qualifications as ship security officers until 1 July 2009.

Copy of the resolutions MSC 203(81) and MSC 209 (81) can be downloaded by clicking at the respective links.

BUNKERS Convention Enters in to force on November 21, 2008

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International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (BUNKERS Convention), an international treaty covering liability and compensation for pollution damage caused by spills of oil, when carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers. Current regimes covering oil spills do not include bunker oil spills from vessels other than tankers enters into force on 21st November 2008..

The Convention is intended to ensure that adequate, prompt, and effective compensation is available to persons who suffer damage caused by spills of oil, when carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers. The Convention applies to damage caused on the territory, including the territorial sea, and in exclusive economic zones of States Parties.

The Convention requires ships over 1,000 gross tonnage registered in a State Party to the Convention to maintain insurance or other financial security, such as the guarantee of a bank or similar financial institution, to cover the liability of the registered owner for pollution damage in an amount equal to the limits of liability under the applicable national or international limitation regime, but in all cases, not exceeding an amount calculated in accordance with the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, as amended.

“Gulfs area” and Southern South African waters Special Areas take effect

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Special Areas in which the discharge of wastes from ships is prohibited will take effect in the “Gulfs area” and off southern South Africa on 1 August 2008, providing extra protection from pollution from shipping in those areas under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

“Gulfs area” Special Area
The “Gulfs area” was established as a Special Area in 1973, when MARPOL was adopted, but the discharge requirements therein could not take effect until States in the area had ratified the Convention and provided adequate reception facilities.

Southern South African waters Special Area
The Southern South African waters Special Area under MARPOL Annex I was adopted as an amendment to MARPOL in 2006, and an MEPC resolution was adopted in 2007 establishing 1 August 2008 as the date on which the discharge requirements take effect. This followed information provided by South Africa that adequate reception facilities for oily wastes from ships were provided in all major ports within the Special Area.

ISPS Code applicable for all Cargo Ships over 500 GRT as per ITC 1969

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Interim Scheme adopted by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee per MSC/ Circ.1157 dated 23 May 2005, allowing vessels over 500 GRT as per ITC 1969 but with previous national tonnage less than 500 GRT to not comply with the ISPS Code, ceased to exist on July 1, 2008. Now all vessels over 500 GRT as per the ITC 1969 shall comply with the ISPS Code.

To download a copy of MSC/Circ. 1157 please click here