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FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General

FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) Joint Manning Group (JMG) honored IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu at a welcome lunch, held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. Attended by stakeholders from the various sectors of the Philippine maritime industry, the event also featured discussions on crucial issues, which include the STCW Manila Amendments, the EMSA report on the country’s compliance to STCW requirements, anti-piracy efforts, and the importance of Filipino seafarers to the world’s merchant fleet.   The Joint Manning Group is composed of the Philippine Maritime Industry’s five leading manning agencies – the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc. (FAME), Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA), International Maritime Association of the Philippines (INTERMAP), Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers Inc. (PAMAS), and Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC).  The FSA, one of the leading and oldest maritime associations in the country, holds a pivotal role in the development of both the local and overseas shipping sector and in the involvement of the Philippines in international maritime affairs.  


Former IMO Sec-Gen Emeritus Passes Away Aged 93

Dr. C.P. Srivastava: Photo courtesy of IMO

IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritme Organization (IMO),  has died in Italy, aged 93. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s remaining family, and also the condolences of the entire IMO membership and staff. ”It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. C.P


UN Sec. Gen. Supports Anti-Piracy Extension

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos wrote to Mr. Ban last month proposing that the mandate be extended. Mr. Ban has now confirmed that he supports the proposal and will be conveying the same to the Security Council, together with the concerns expressed by IMO and international shipping and seafaring organizations.


Japan Gives $1 Million to Gulf of Guinea Fund

The Government of Japan has made a contribution of $1 million (USD) to the IMO West and Central Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund, established by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to implement maritime security projects in the Gulf of Guinea, including the prevention and suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity. The significant contribution by Japan will go towards supporting the implementation of the Code of Conduct concerning the


IMO Secretary-General's Mandate Renewed

Efthimios E. Mitropoulos outlined his agenda for the future as the IMO Council confirmed its support for his continuing to serve the Organization as Secretary-General for another four years. The Council decided by acclamation to renew Mitropoulos's mandate for another four-year term, concluding on 31 December 2011, and to advise the twenty-fifth regular session of the Assembly accordingly, in conformity with Article 22 of the IMO Convention.


IMO Offers Support after Indonesia Ferry Accidents

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos expressed shock and sadness following the devastating news of the loss of two passenger ferries, including the Senopati Nusantara, off the coasts of Sumatra and Java, Indonesia. He said, "It was with deep regret that we learnt of the incidents last Saturday and of the heavy loss of life involved, particularly on the Senopati Nusantara. The thoughts and prayers of the entire IMO membership


MARPOL, VIMSAS Top Discussion at Caribbean Meeting

Attendees at the Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop.

MARPOL and VIMSAS topped discussions when senior Caribbean maritime administrators met in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week (February 19 and 20).   The Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop was hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica during a milestone visit to the country by Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Representatives from 20 countries met to consider a list of programs to be submitted to the IMO for support under


IMO Reaffirms Commitment to Ferry Safety

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

IMO reaffirms its commitment to domestic ferry safety after Bangladesh disaster.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has offered his condolences and sympathies to the families of all those who lost their life aboard the passenger ferry Shariatpur-1, which sank yesterday (13 March 2012) after being hit by a small cargo ship in the Meghna River, south-west of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.   Speaking to the Organization’s Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search


ISPS Implementation: IMO Notes Continued Improvement

The latest ISPS Code implementation figures show a steady improvement, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos said on Friday (25 June). “The figures released today indicate that both the number of ship security plans submitted and International Ship Security Certificates issued are increasing as we approach the home strait to 1 July 2004,” Mr. Mitropoulos said. “The proportion of port facility plans approved – while still low – is also increasing


Positional changes at IMO Secretariat

IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu

After taking office on 1 January 2012, the IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu today announced a number of changes in the structure of the IMO Secretariat.   Mr. Sekimizu said: “The biggest challenge I see in the coming years, in terms of management of the Organization, is how to improve the ‘delivery mechanism’ in the Secretariat to address the demanding issues we face, such as anti-piracy measures


ICS Welcomes IMO Progress on BW Issues

Peter Hinchliffe

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention


Denmark Lobbies for IMO Top Job

Denmark and its maritime industry are lobbying to get the top position at the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body that wields great influence over global shipping through its regulations, industry sources said. The current secretary general of the IMO, Koji Sekimizu


Turkey Ratifies Ballast Water Convention

Abdurrahman Bilgiç (left) with Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

​​Turkey today, October 14, ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004, bringing the number of Contracting States to 43 countries, representing approximately 32.54% of world merchant shipping tonnage. 35% of global tonnage will trigger entry into force of the Convention


Shipping's GHG Emissions Down

Approaching ship: File photo

The total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to "London Matters – the official Maritime London Newsletter", citing the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).


ICS: Global Shipping's Emissions 20% Lower

Peter Hinchliffe

The total Green House Gas emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been more than 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping industry’s trade association.


Ban Launches UN Ebola Response Mission

Two midwives in Ebola protective gear supplied by UNFPA hand over a newborn to her mother at the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo UNFPA Liberia

  IMO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September.


Bulgarian Naval Academy Installs VSTEP Simulators

Image courtesy of VSTEP

The Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna purchased a 360° Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator and an Incident Management Simulator for training of its Naval and Merchant marine students. The simulators were officially opened by the IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and the Dutch


IACS Updates Strategy and Elects New Chairman

Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has updated its forward strategy and work plan for the upcoming year at its 69th Council meeting held in Santa Margherita, Italy, chaired by Roberto Cazzulo, Chairman of RINA Services and outgoing IACS chairman.


Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

“Maritime education and training” will be the theme for World Maritime Day 2015.

The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “Maritime education and training” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2015. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 112th session at IMO Headquarters in London


IMO Launch Day of the Seafarer 2014 'Toolkit'

Day of the Seafarer Logo

IMO once again asks people everywhere to show their appreciation for seafarers and their contribution to global prosperity on the Day of the Seafarer, 25, June, and have launched a promotional toolkit to help them to do so. At the heart of this year’s campaign is the simple sentence


Transas to Participate in ETC-2014

International Forum on ETC

  Transas will take part in the ETC-2014 – The second International Forum on Seafarers’ Education, Training and Crewing. The Forum which consists of the Conference and Exhibition will be held on 23-24th of April 2014 in Odessa, Ukraine.


KVH Film Considered for Maritime Safety Award

Photo courtesy of KVH

“The Human Element,” produced by KVH Media Group under the TRAININGlink brand, is a finalist in the “Safety at Sea” category of the Seatrade Awards. KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is pleased to announce that its 2013 film “The Human Element” has been


Ship Safety Core of IMO Sec-Gen's New Year Address

MO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and SDC Chairman 

Speaking at the first meeting of the newly-formed IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has delivered his New Year Address outlining some of the targets, challenges and priorities the Organization in year 2014


Sekimizu Launches Maritime Day Theme

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

“IMO conventions: effective implementation” IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “IMO conventions: effective implementation”, expressing the hope that the year would see genuine progress towards effective and global


Bulk Carriers, Oil Tankships: GBS Verification Underway

Ship surveyor: Photo courtesy of LR

The International Maritime Organisation says that its audit teams will shortly be established to verify construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers of classification societies which act as recognized organizations (ROs), following the receipt of requests for verification by the 31






 
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