Archive of: Regulation

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Following sinkings, industry urged to address dangers of liquefaction

When the 31,247-gross-ton bulk carrier Vinalines Queen sank on Christmas Day of 2011 in winds over 35 knots, 22 members of its crew died.

April 2012

STCW amendments to force 'big shift' in ECDIS training

Though mariners face new certification requirements for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) this year, the maritime industry may not be ready to provide the training to meet them.

April 2012

Coast Guard study proposes moving Calif. shipping lanes away from whale zone

March 2012
 Port state control inspections aim to protect crews and the environment

Port state control inspections aim to protect crews and the environment

The purpose is to verify that foreign vessels meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that the crew has adequate living and working conditions.

December/January 2012

International ship operators urge creation of U.N. armed onboard anti-piracy force

Frustrated by Somali pirates who have turned the Indian Ocean into a "wild west" of lawlessness, international shipping groups have petitioned the United Nations to create an armed military force to help protect merchant vessels.

December/January 2012

USCG seeks comment on watch system

December/January 2012

Some progress noted in deterring pirates, but mistreatment of mariners persists

If you go by the numbers, the shipping industry is making headway in the fight against Somali pirates: There have been fewer vessels seized this year compared with 2010, and fewer hostages are being held for ransom.

October/November 2011

Coast Guard criticizes divided command, flag state in Deepwater Horizon disaster

The U.S. Coast Guard's preliminary report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster signals possible reforms to maritime-oriented regulations governing Gulf of Mexico oil activity.

August 2011

Oil tanker operators now required to secure contracts with salvors, marine firefighters

June/July 2011

DNV proposes ballast-free crude carrierable to cut pollution while reducing costs

June/July 2011
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