• 2018 January 1 17:10

    Seafarer shore leave gets extra protection from 1 January 2018 - IMO

    Seafarers' rights to shore leave have been strengthened, IMO said in its press release. The amendment to the international standard on shore leave adds a new provision, which says there should be no discrimination on grounds of nationality, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, or social origin. Seafarers' rights to shore leave have been strengthened through amendments which enter into force globally on 1 January 2018, under the revised treaty which aims to achieve the smooth transit in ports of ships, cargo and passengers.

    The amendments to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) also bring in a new requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange, including electronic data interchange (EDI), to transmit information related to maritime transport. This should be in place by 8 April 2019, with provision for a transitional period of at least 12 months during which paper and electronic documents would be allowed. Use of a "single window" for data is encouraged, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal, without duplication. In addition, a number of standard forms, standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways have been updated. The FAL Convention has 118 contracting States.

    The amendment to the international standard on shore leave adds a new provision, on top of the requirement to allow crew ashore while the ship on which they arrive is in port. This new provision says there should be no discrimination on grounds of nationality, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, or social origin. Shore leave should be granted, irrespective of the flag State of the ship.

    If any request is turned down, the relevant public authorities must provide an explanation to the crew member and the master, which the seafarer or master can request to be provided in writing. Security and stowaways The section on preventing stowaways is updated and expanded. National authorities are recommended to apply operational procedures equivalent to those in the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, to prevent stowaways accessing a ship.

    A new standard requires governments, where appropriate, to incorporate legal grounds to allow prosecution of stowaways, attempted stowaways and any individual or company aiding a stowaway or an attempted stowaway with the intention to facilitate access to the port area, any ship, cargo or freight containers into their national legislation.

    New FAL Forms Updated FAL forms are in effect from 1 January 2018, covering IMO General Declaration; Cargo Declaration; Ship's Stores Declaration; Crew's Effects Declaration; Crew List· Passenger List and Dangerous Goods. Three additional documents have been introduced for ships' clearance that may be required by the shore authorities – security-related information required under SOLAS, advance electronic cargo information for customs risk assessment, and advanced notification form for waste delivery to port reception facilities. FAL Convention The FAL Convention, first adopted in 1965, aims to harmonize procedures for ship's arrival, stay and departure from port. It includes mandatory "Standards" and "Recommended Practices" on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.

    The revised annex, which was developed following a comprehensive review of the treaty, will ensure the convention adequately addresses the shipping industry's present and emerging needs and serves to facilitate and expedite international maritime traffic. The objective is to prevent unnecessary delays to ships, and to persons and property on board.

    IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.




2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC
16:34 KOTUG and Petroconsult join forces to establish KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM)
16:20 Ttraining on oil spill preparedness and response held for countries in eastern Africa
16:04 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:55 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 10M’18 grew by 19% Y-o-Y to 42.6 million tonnes
15:34 Royal IHC wins KNVTS Ship of the Year for SCHELDT RIVER
15:03 Damco launches a dedicated warehouse for Barry Callebaut and inaugurates a new facility in the heart of Poland
14:41 MAN Cryo to design and deliver LNG regasification terminal
14:25 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M’2018
14:03 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry and GTT sign agreement for LNG carrier repairs
13:42 Alfa Laval wins two orders to supply Framo pumping systems to oil platforms in the North Sea
13:13 HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries
12:48 BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management
12:24 HHLA container throughput up by 1.0 percent in the first nine months of 2018
12:07 Torqeedo reveals new products for electric mobility on the water
11:51 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 29.9 million tonnes
10:53 RF Navy's training ship Perekop returns from distant cruise
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 1.04% to $69.39, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.33% to $59.13
10:10 ABP invests £1 million in Port of Lowestoft as part of energy hub vision
09:44 National maritime transport policy training held for Mexican officials
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,125 points
09:07 Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 2.57% and stands at 1,105.61 points
08:07 ERMA FIRST obtains USCG type approval for ballast water treatment system using FILTREX filters
07:18 Long Beach cargo volumes up 5.4 percent in October 2018

2018 November 12

18:01 Major ASW ship Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet participates in Russian-Japanese exericse in the Gulf of Aden
17:42 Maritime Administration of Ukraine announced selection of 13 seaport captains
17:04 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC
16:56 Danish shipyard orders large equipment package from Rolls-Royce
16:54 Wan Hai Lines orders 20 new vessels
16:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 10M’18 up 18% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
16:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:22 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for R&D and designing of marine systems and technologies
16:04 Bigger share of modal split envisaged for inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region
15:51 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for documentation on construction of Leader icebreaker
15:34 IMRF and The Nautical Institute sign MOU
15:20 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.24 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'18, up 19% Y-o-Y
15:04 Yang Ming reports its financial results for 2018 Q3
14:46 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg completes New Leaders project
14:31 ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland sign partnership agreement for cybersecurity services
14:03 Maersk Line announces rates from North Europe to Far East Asia
13:47 ICTSI plans to invest over P5 billion in Iloilo ports
13:28 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard loaded reactors onto nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural, second serial ship of Project 22220
12:40 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 20,508 in RF spot market
11:57 Reduced Klaipeda seaport charges for container ships to boost shipping development
11:34 IMO supports equal opportunities for women in fisheries
11:12 Trinidad and Tobago benefits from IMO port security training
10:49 RF Navy's Northern Fleet holds exercise to assist a submarine in distress
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 1.55% to $71.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.96% to $60.77
09:56 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 10M’2018 up 12.8% Y-o-Y to 13.57 million tonnes
09:34 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 10M'18 up 4.8% Y-o-Y to 12.38 million tonnes
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,147 points
09:08 Global Maritime Administrators attend the 8th Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme in Singapore
08:51 TORM establishes joint venture with Guangzhou Shipyard International and ME Production to manufacture scrubbers to reduce sulfur emissions

2018 November 11

11:19 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
10:16 Day Tourist Tax for cruise passengers to apply to sea cruise and river cruise passengers in Amsterdam