• 2017 September 18 13:55

    Kitack Lim says Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific region is a deliberate focus of the Tokyo MoU

    The key task of the 28th Port State Control Committee Meeting (Tokyo MoU) attended by representatives of all member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region is the cooperation of efforts, standardization of norms and regulations and overall harmonization of the industry’s work, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as answering the Agency’s question about the first results of the Tokyo MoU Committee meeting held on 18 September in Vladivostok.

    When commenting on the impression of his first visit to Russia Mr Kitack Lim said: “There are two priorities of my visit to Russia. First of all, it is a meeting with Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov in Moscow which was very successful and fruitful. We have discussed dozens of issues like global warming, fuel standards, shipping regulations and other topics related to cooperation between IMO and Russia. I have felt mutual understanding and I see a great potential of our interaction. Besides, I was lucky to see Vladivostok, visit training ship Nadezhda and talk to cadets. I should emphasize that the Russian system of training seafarers has always been highly esteemed worldwide. This meeting with the young people was yet another confirmation for me”. 

    According to IMO Secretary-General, Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific region is a deliberate focus of the Tokyo MoU Committee.

    “On the one hand, it is a region of intensive shipping industry development, on the other hand – the role of port authorities is growing when it comes to control of compliance with all conventions to ensure safe navigation. The key task of today’s meeting attended by representatives of all member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region is the cooperation of efforts, standardization of norms and regulations and overall harmonization of the industry’s work. I think that close cooperation will ensure more efficient development,” said Mr Kitack Lim.

    He also emphasized that port industry of the Far East is a special subject he would like to clarify during the visit. 

    “Vast waterside, availability of port facilities and cargo base, neighboring to APR countries’ economies as well as new thoroughfares as the Northern Sea Route - all this  ensures the enormous potential for the territory development. First of all, it is about the ports of Vladivostok and Vostochny”, believes, IMO Secretary-General. 

    Mr Kitack Lim added that his trip agenda also includes a visit to Vostochny Port, Russia’s largest coal terminal, to evaluate the capabilities and the level of the port infrastructure.

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2018 March 23

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17:59 UCL Holding companies performed a unique joint project on delivery of oversize cargo (photo)
17:32 Port of Antwerp pushes ahead with onshore power for ships
17:20 IMO Tier III certification for MTU marine engines from Rolls-Royce
17:18 ABS leads industry discussion on impact of 2020 sulfur cap, cybersecurity and digitization
16:17 WMU contributes to Marine Spatial Planning Training
15:39 Vladimir Putin wins presidential election in Russia with 76.69% of votes
14:46 Court approves amicable agreement in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port
14:24 Work to address maritime security challenges in Africa’s maritime zones underway at a regional workshop
14:23 Samskip starts container service between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Hull
13:58 International organizations join forces in the fisheries sector
13:32 New addition to DNV GL’s Veracity platform promises to raise drilling efficiency by offering digital solution based on data from 80 000 wells
13:02 Wärtsilä to ensure the continuous operations of Hidrovias Group’s pusher tugs in South American rivers
12:35 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v New Orleans with SwissMarine
12:10 BMT teams with BAE SYSTEMS and CAMMELL LAIRD to deliver additional Type 45 Power Generation
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11:30 TechnipFMC and Magma Global to enter into a strategic collaboration agreement for hybrid flexible pipe
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2018 March 22

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17:45 Transas to return all funds received under state support programme in 2016-18
17:12 Germany based firm offers AIS vessel management tracking systems preventing IUU fishing
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16:30 Rolls-Royce completes the £1.3 million MAXCMAS research project
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13:12 Volga Shipping Company named “Industry Leader” in “Cargo Shipping Company” nomination
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12:48 WMU Board of Governors meets in Turkey
12:25 MAN Diesel & Turbo partners with Hyundai to build new test-engine facility in Ulsan
12:00 Workshop on prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions being developed as part of GloMEEP-IAPH partnership
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11:21 Russian Trade and Economic Development Council sign MoU to further strengthen commercial ties with Abu Dhabi Ports
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10:53 The Maritime Standard announces a special discount for the 2018 Awards
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2018 March 21

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