IMO seeks public input on administrative burdens

Today marks the start of a six-month consultation period in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will seek widespread input on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments. The intention is to gather data from a broad spectrum of stakeholders from which recommendations on how to alleviate administrative burdens can be…

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IMO Legal Committee, 99th session

SAFETY4SEA, 23 April 2012. IMO Legal Committe, 99th session. SRI made an intervention at the 99th session IMO Legal Committee on the subject of fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident. SRI informed the Committee of a survey it had conducted over a 12 month period ending in February 2012 concerning the experiences…

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IMO Tackles Serious Crimes on Ships

THE 100th session of the International Maritime Organization legal committee has approved new guidelines on collecting evidence following allegations of a serious crime on board a ship. The guidelines cover what to do following a report of a missing person from a ship, as well as pastoral and medical care for victims of crime. The…

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Job swindles exposed

Nautilus and the Chamber of Shipping are working together to highlight growing concerns over ‘scam’ employment agencies seeking to defraud seafarers with offers of work. The past year has seen a rising tide of cases in which crew members have been conned out of cash by bogus companies promising well-paid jobs — often with reputable…

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Seafarers fail to heed enclosed space advice

Seafarers are continuing to be killed in enclosed spaces onboard ships despite the campaigns to cut the death toll, a P&I club has warned. The UK Club has issued a special bulletin in response to evidence of a recent increase in the number of fatalities involving entry into enclosed spaces despite the ‘wealth of information’…

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Ballast sampling trials are agreed

Union warns of criminalisation risks posed by unreliable equipment Nautilus has voiced alarm at the potential for ship masters and officers to face new criminal penalties when the international Ballast Water Management Convention comes into effect. The Union’s concerns were highlighted during talks at the International Maritime Organisation’s bulk liquids and gases subcommittee last month,…

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Alarm as five die in lifeboat drill accident

Nautilus has expressed concern over an incident in which five seafarers died during a lifeboat drill onboard the cruiseship Thomson Majesty in the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands. The men — three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanaian national — died and three others were injured when a drop…

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