BWMS: What does it mean?

As of September 8, 2016 the Ballast Water Convention officially was ratified by the IMO, crossing the necessary threshold of 35% of world tonnage signed on courtesy of the ratification by Finland. Subsequently, the United States Coast Guard was moving rapidly to confirm type approval of BWMS systems, to date confirming the approval of three…

Stowaways: the hidden problem at sea

A rise in stowaway incidents at South African ports over the past two months proves that despite international efforts, the issue is as prominent as ever. But how do trespassers make it aboard a ship, what can be done to prevent them and who bears the cost and responsibility once the trespasser is found? Apart…

Stowaways Precautions

Stowaways are expensive to process and repatriate, and it is necessary to employ escorts to accompany them in transit when they are finally sent home. Vessels may also be delayed and fined. It can be difficult to find countries willing to allow stowaways to disembark. To reduce the risk, appropriate measures are required to discourage…

13 Anti-Piracy Steps

13 Steps to protect the vessel against the Piracy As maritime organisations continue to bring in newer regulations and guidelines to protect ship from pirates, seafarers are also required to stay extremely cautious and vigilant when their ship enters a piracy sensitive area. Here are the top 13 steps to ensure your ship can escape…

IMDG Code amendments

1 January 2017 marks the start of transitional effect for Amendment 38-16 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. All amendments prior to Amendment 37-14 are no longer valid. Regulations controlling the transport of dangerous goods follow a two yearly revision cycle taking account, as stated in the source United Nations (UN) Recommendations on…