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Chinese coal ship captain arrested for sailing through Great Barrier Reef without pilot



By the National Reporting Team's Mark Willacy

Updated about an hour agoMon 16 Feb 2015, 1:01am

The Australian Federal Police have arrested the captain of a Chinese coal ship for sailing through part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park without a pilot.

The ABC understands the captain — a Taiwanese national by the name of Lu — will plead guilty to a charge of being the master of a ship without a pilot in the marine park, an offence that carries a maximum fine of $85,000.

It is alleged the bulk carrier, the China Steel Developer, left the port of Mackay on New Year's Day and sailed through Hydrographers Passage, a deep water channel near Creal Reef off Mackay, without

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Ballast water treatment: The third way




Motor ship 

13 Feb 2015

Under Coldharbour Marine's system, gas lift diffusion (GLD) units stir inert gas into the ballast water

There are options beyond UV and electrochlorination for ballast water treatment systems, as Coldharbour Marine's inert gas system shows. CEO Andrew Marshall discusses the thinking behind the technology, and the challenges any BWT system faces, in The Motorship's February issue.

It is likely that the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention will come into force this year or early 2016. There will be many a furrowed brow as owners, operators and agents decide exactly which system is best for their fleet.

Before Coldharbour Marine designed its ballast water treatment (BMT)

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[Exclusive]Soft-Law Guidelines for Maritime Security Compliance






By MarEx 2015-02-15 17:54:13

By Simon O. Williams, BA, LLM

Despite global regulation grounded in the international Law of the Sea (specifically, UNCLOS) and a myriad of coastal, port and flag state policies, major institutional gaps remain in the regulation of private maritime security. From a governance perspective, many argue that there is a dire need for new approaches and instruments to enhance regulation, increase harmonization of rules, set standards and ensure compliance. Experts cite that the best way to catalyze such change is by developing a soft-law framework.

What Is Soft Law?

Voluntary certification schemes and codes of conduct, known as soft law, are non-legally binding instruments; often used when there is uncertainty or ineffective hard law. Parties to soft law

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UK: An Update On The IMO’s Proposed Polar Code






Last Updated: 13 February 2015
Article by Rory Macfarlane, Reema Shour and Florian Schacker

Global warming in recent years has resulted in increased maritime traffic in the Northern Sea Route ("NSR"). Whilst the NSR offers both time savings in terms of voyage duration and also bunker cost savings, navigating the Arctic presents a number of challenges for the shipping industry and raises a number of safety and environmental concerns.

As a result, the International Maritime Organisation ("IMO") has produced a draft Polar Code to cover all aspects of shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic areas. The Polar Code comprises a set of mandatory safety and environmental protection regulations, together with non-mandatory provisions relating to both. In May 2014, the IMO's Marine Safety

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MBR upgrade to help Queen Mary 2 cruise ship meet IMO requirements





February 10, 2015





One of the world’s major cruise ships, the Queen Mary 2, is being fitted with a Membrane BioReactor (MBR) wastewater treatment system to help meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for ship pollution.

The contract was awarded by Cunard Line during the third quarter, 2014. The existing on-board system is now due for replacement and two Wärtsilä Hamworthy MBR 16 systems have been selected to maintain the ship’s high environmental standards.

The Wärtsilä Hamworthy MBR solutions are designed to facilitate the management and treatment of both ‘grey’ and ‘black’ wastewater, and to monitor discharges to the sea.

Cunard’s 2620 passenger capacity Queen Mary 2 entered service in 2004

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