The Maltese Government and Transport Malta said they are are investigating the alleged accident involving the Malta registered ship MT Baku, in international waters, off the coast of Libya. The government has been in continuous contact with the owners of the ship and the Libyan authorities, since Sunday evening when the events started to develop. Malta, as the flag State of the ship, made immediate representations with the Libyan Government and it was only after its intervention that the ship sailed to outside Maltese territorial waters. The safety of the crew and the ship was of utmost priority throughout the events. Malta shall continue to pursue the matter with the Libyan authorities in order to ensure that Maltese interests are protected in terms of international maritime law, particularly in terms of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Maltese authorities are informed that the Malta registered vessel was always in international waters and there was never any attempt to call at the port of Es-Sider without prior authorization.
On Monday 5 December 2011, Regs4ships Limited Senior Surveyor Mark Robinson and Surveyor Robert Aldous were officially appointed as government ship surveyors for Transport Malta (Maritime). Now officially recognized, Mark and Rob can conduct flag-in surveys as well as perform flag state inspections and annual surveys for all Maltese registered vessels, regardless of size. Our two experienced flag state surveyors have been, and are continuing to
The captain of the tanker Erika, which sank off France's west coast in December causing a huge oil spill, has said crews had to work to such tight budgets that safety standards could not always be met. The ship's captain, Karun Mathir, said many shipowners were obsessed with cutting costs "to the point of pushing crews through safety and endurance thresholds". "There are certain things that nobody dares to say, but the job has changed a lot, everything is going too fast
Vizada, an independent satellite communications provider, and CLS, specializing in sustainable management of marine resources, environmental monitoring and maritime security, have signed a partnership to jointly provide long range identification and tracking (LRIT) to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and other Flag States including Vanuatu and Chile. Vizada is the first provider to have met the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) strict performance requirements for
By Alan Haig-Brown Sapor Shipbuilding Industries Sdn Bnd. kept busy though 2010 delivering a range of new vessels including the geotechnical vessel, Teknik Wira, from the boards of Wartsila Ship Design Singapore Pte Ltd. With her raised fo’c’sle and well-proportioned housework she presents a powerful presence that is supported by her particulars. With a 52.5-ft beam carried on an overall length of 201 ft, the vessel has impressive capabilities
By Alan Haig-Brown A recent delivery from the yard of Eastern Marine Shipbuilding in Sibu, East Malaysia is a further indication of the growing technical sophistication of the Sarawak yards. The 60 by 16-meter Offshore Surveyor is designed by Wartsila Ship Design of Singapore. To do her survey work the Malaysian-registered vessel is fitted with 2.4-meter-square moon pool as well as a deck crane from Marine Equipment of Singapore
The Maritime Administration and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc, yesterday signed an agreement that will provide training opportunities for American maritime academy cadets on board OSG’s international vessels. The public-private partnership is the first formal agreement to make available on-board training billets in the international fleet for U.S. maritime academy cadets. Under the terms of the agreement, cadets from the U.S
Launched at the Guangzhou Panyu Lingshan Shipyard, the 36-meter Swissco Super underwent yard trials on June 3 and full sea trails and delivery were completed June 10. With a 9.8-meter beam and 4.3-meter moulded depth the BV-classed boat has tankage for 250 cubic meters of fuel and 100 cubic meters of water. The Singapore registered vessel, the third in a ten-boat series, meets the IMO/SOLAS standards for life saving and fire fighting
Launched at the Guangzhou Panyu Lingshan Shipyard, the 36-meter Swissco Super underwent yard trials on June 3 and full sea trails and delivery were completed June 10. With a 9.8-meter beam and 4.3-meter molded depth the BV-classed boat has tankage for 250 cubic meters of fuel and 100 cubic meters of water. The Singapore registered vessel, the third in a ten-boat series, meets the IMO/SOLAS standards for life saving and fire fighting
The Port State Control Officer observed personnel had accessed ballast water tanks without following proper preceedures. On the 19th June 2012, a Port State Control Inspector from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) boarded the Panama registered vessel Terry Siete at Portland. During his inspection the Inspector noted that access was being made into the vessel’s ballast tanks without proper procedures being in place
The world-leading Finnish wave energy technology developer AW-Energy has taken another major step towards commercialising its WaveRoller™ technology. In mid-August the company signed a Framework Agreement with the independent certification organisation Lloyd’s Register Energy
Decade long, and ongoing, research program has developed a clearer understanding of the forces imposed on ship structures. Lloyd’s Register’s updated Containership Rules came into effect in July 2014 and these new rules are supported by Lloyd’s Register ShipRight
GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced at the SMM 2014 exhibition they have received Approval in Principle (AIP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design. The AIP, issued by Lloyd’s Register
The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organized by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held September 4-5 in St. Petersburg.
Wärtsilä has received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd's Register. The recognition of Lloyd's Register, a marine classification society
Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is working with British port to develop operational procedures and technical standards required for safe LNG bunkering operations. LR has commenced a project to identify the technical specifications and develop operating procedures for safe LNG bunkering in
GE Marine and Lloyd’s Register Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate on Applying Gas Turbines to Power Commercial Ships GE Marine and Lloyd’s Register report they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify potential gas turbine-powered commercial ship
Ship Registries are an excellent bellwether of industry health and trends, and when Maritime Reporter & Engineering News sought answers to some topical questions, it went to two of the top organizations in the world, speicifically Theo Xenakoudis, Worldwide Business Operations Officer
Classification society ClassNK announced that it will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. ClassNK will support research into the development of condition-based engine monitoring systems for the Mitsui MAN
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has appointed Captain Raja Ray as business development manager in Singapore. The senior appointment is aimed at strengthening the flag’s position in the growing shipping markets of Asia Pacific.
Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) internal inspection team to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.
Lloyd’s Register has launched its new Rules for Offshore Units in one single document following an in-depth consultation with industry. It signals a move by the world’s oldest classification and certification society, to modernise the way in which Rules and their guidance notes
Lloyd's Register report looks at the commercial landscape, regulatory issues and technical realities of a new trade in ethane emerging as a result of increased U.S. gas production - and the technology required for large ethane carriers U.S