Archive of: Regulation

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Towing vessel ‘bridging’ examinations, which were voluntary, shift to involuntary phase

The nation’s Towing Vessel Bridging Program has passed a turning point this summer.

September 2012
Oil rig decommissioning regulation fails to produce great surge in marine work

Oil rig decommissioning regulation fails to produce great surge in marine work

A 2010 federal regulation that requires oil and gas companies to plug nearly 3,500 non-producing wells and dismantle about 650 unused production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico has not created the anticipated boom for maritime companies that specialize in this work.

June/July 2012

Class societies issue guidelines for preventing liquefaction sinkings

In response to bulk carrier sinkings linked to liquefaction of cargoes of nickel ore, the Japanese classification society ClassNK has released new guidelines to measure the structural strength of cargo holds and the stability of new vessels specifically built to carry this ore.

June/July 2012
Rule changes bring need for more fire training, safety equipment

Rule changes bring need for more fire training, safety equipment

Maritime training schools are helping vessel operators and mariners gear up for new regulations pertaining to fire safety and equipment.

May 2012

Tighter DP standards lead to shortage, sea-time falsification

May 2012

Following spate of casualties, Coast Guard deplores ship's 'unacceptable' condition

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

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

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
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