• 2019 February 8 08:29

    Key fishing vessel safety treaty boosted with accession by Spain

    ​H.E. Mr. Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Spain to IMO, deposited Spain's instrument of accession to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement with Secretary-General Lim, IMO said in its release.

    Spain has become the latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization’s Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety, significantly boosting the number of vessels needed for entry into force.

    The entry into force of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement will result in benefits for the fishing industry, including fewer accidents, fewer lives lost and a more effective infrastructure for monitoring and targeting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

    International treaties such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) have been in force for many decades for commercial shipping, including cargo and passenger ships. SOLAS includes a number of regulations which are applicable to all ships, such as SOLAS chapter V on safety of navigation. However, many other SOLAS regulations provide an exemption for fishing vessels. The Cape Town Agreement fills the gap in international regulations by providing the necessary safety regulations for the fishing industry.

    H.E. Mr. Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, Ambassador of Spain to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Spain to IMO, deposited the instrument of accession to the Cape Town Agreement with Secretary-General Lim.

    The Cape Town Agreement will enter into force 12 months after at least 22 States, with an aggregate of 3,600 fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over operating on the high seas, have become Contracting States. With Spain’s accession, there are now 11 Contracting States to the Agreement, with an aggregate number of 1,413 fishing vessels of 24 m in length and over operating on the high seas. The Contracting States are: Belgium, the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa and Spain.

    IMO and the Government of Spain will co-host an IMO Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, in Torremolinos, Spain, tentatively scheduled for 21 to 23 October 2019.

    The Conference will be followed by a meeting of the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) /IMO Ad Hoc Working Group on IUU Fishing and Related Matters, pending approval by MEPC 74 and MSC 101. The Joint Working Group meeting will also be sponsored by the Government of Spain.

    FAO and Pew Charitable Trusts have pledged additional funds and in kind support for the Conference and Working Group meeting.

    Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977 is an internationally-binding instrument not yet in force. The Agreement includes mandatory international requirements for stability and associated seaworthiness, machinery, electrical installations, life-saving appliances, communications equipment, fire protection, and fishing vessel construction. The Cape Town Agreement provides a solid platform for improving fishers’ safety at sea and combating IUU fishing by facilitating better control of fishing vessel safety by flag, port and coastal States.

    The Cape Town Agreement is one of four international treaties aimed at achieving higher levels of safety and better compliance and enforcement in the fishing industry, and the only treaty of the four yet to enter into force. The four treaties are:

     IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement (not yet in force);
     IMO’s 1995 STCW-F Convention on training of fishers (which entered into force in 2012);
     ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (Convention No. 188) (which entered into force in November 2017); and
     FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA), 2009 (which entered into force in 2016).
     
    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.




2019 December 6

12:23 UN maritime agency commits to further action on gender equality
12:01 Jan De Nul sets new sustainability standards for maintenance dredging works in the marinas of Nieuwpoort on the Belgian coast
11:30 Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300 million in Port of Montreal’s expansion project in Contrecoeur
11:20 Costa Smeralda delivered from Meyer Turku shipyard
11:02 Yang Ming sets up subsidiary in China
10:45 Largest Latvian transit companies represented at 2019 Russian Transport Week
10:17 GTT receives an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of two new LNG Carriers
10:12 Joint Russian-Vietnamese exercise underway in Cam Ranh
09:59 MAN Energy Solutions and Orcan Energy agree to collaborate
09:49 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 06
09:30 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.44% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $58.23
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,575 points
08:31 DNV GL awards Hudong-Zhonghua AiP certificate for gas-fueled 25000 TEU containership design

2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019