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ICS publishes new chemical tanker safety guide

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ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe The ICS has published a new edition of ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)

A fully updated edition of the definitive industry guidance on the safe operation of chemical tankers has just been published by the shipping industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).The new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) replaces the previous edition issued in 2002.

ICS recommends that a copy is carried on board every tanker engaged in the carriage of chemical cargoes, and that copies are also held within shipping company technical departments.Since its first publication over 40 years ago, the ICS Guide has become the standard reference

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judges for 2014 METS Dame Awards




SOS Marine and Mobilarm subsidiary Marine Rescue Technologies ("MRT") announce today that the sMRT Inflatable SOS Dan Buoy is one of the 45 products that have been nominated for final judging by the Design Award METS (DAME) 2014 jury. The products have been selected from a total of 116 entries from 23 nationalities from all over the world.

The Dame Jury assess entries for overall design, build quality, functionality and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are: originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided over seven individual categories.

Once thrown into the water and inflated, the sMRT SOS Dan Buoy becomes a visual marker and at the same time the sMRT technology is activated which sends

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Fire Protection, fire detection and fire extinction

Fire can be devastating on a ship - particularly on a passenger ship, where large numbers of people may need to be evacuated, or on a ship carrying inflammable cargo, with serious risks to crewmembers or to ports and harbours.

On 1 July 2002, a comprehensive new set of requirements for fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction on board ships entered into force as a new revised Chapter II-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended, incorporating technological advances in fire detection and extinction as well as lessons learned from fire incidents over the years.

The regulations are designed to ensure that fires are first of all prevented from occurring - for example by making sure

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IMO.- Human Element

The safety and security of life at sea, protection of the marine environment and over 90% of the world's trade depends on the professionalism and competence of seafarers.

The IMO's International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 was the first internationally-agreed Convention to address the issue of minimum standards of competence for seafarers. In 1995 the STCW Convention was completely revised and updated to clarify the standards of competence required and provide effective mechanisms for enforcement of its provisions.

A comprehensive review of the STCW Convention and the STCW Code commenced in January 2006, and culminated in a Conference of Parties to the STCW Convention which was held in Manila, Philippines from 21 to 25 June 2010, that adopted

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EPA Proposal to Strengthen Nation's Oil Spill Preparedness


Agency Proposes Amendments to Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan

BY MarEx 2015-01-13 14:45:52

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 

“Our emergency officials need the best available science and safety information to make informed spill response decisions when evaluating the use of specific products on oil discharges,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Our proposed amendments incorporate scientific advances and lessons

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