Waste Delivery in China

It was noted that a number of incidents have occurred in China, where ports have refused to receive delivery of ships wastes. It is likely that the refusals are a consequence of new environmental laws in China which ban the import of foreign garbage for which China has become a repository in recent years. The refusal…

Seafarer Shore Leave

FAL Convention The FAL Convention, first adopted in 1965, aims to harmonize procedures for ship’s arrival, stay and departure from port. It includes mandatory “Standards” and “Recommended Practices” on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.…

Garbage Management Plan amendments

At IMO MEPC 70th session the amendments to the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention related to the Form of Garbage Record Book were adopted. These amendments were adopted by Resolution MEPC.277(70) with the entry-into-force date 1 March 2018 and include the following: Amendments to Regulation 4 and 6 of the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention (garbage discharge provisions) providing…

PSC – CIC in China

The China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has announced a special inspection campaign for bulk carriers of 10,000 GT or more from 15 June 2017 to 31 December 2017. Due to the recent casualties and structural deficiencies experienced by older bulk carriers, the MSA will target bulk carriers that are over 15 years of age as…

What the ISO 9001:2008 is?

It is the standard in the ISO 9000 family against whose requirements your quality management system can be certified by an external body. The standard recognizes that the term “product” applies to services, processed material, hardware and software intended for your customer. There are five sections in the standard that specify activities that need to…