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  • The project will see "Knowledge Packets" linked into SSI's ShipConstructor CAD design software for direct use in 3D design model workflows. (Image courtesy of Auros)

    ABS Rules Digitised for Automatic Application in CAD Designs


    ABS rules and guidelines are being digitised and linked to CAD modelling software to automatically verify designs developed for shipbuilding and ship repair.

  • RINA's first statutory and class intermediate survey with remote technologies was conducted on a d'Amico Group bulk carrier in June.

    RINA completes statutory and remote surveys remotely


    Classification society RINA has announced that it has successfully completed its first statutory and associated class intermediate surveys with the use of remote technologies.

  • The drone used LiDAR to navigate inside the 19.4 meter high oil tank as GPS-reception was not available in the enclosed space.

    DNV GL successfully concludes autonomous drone inspection test


    Classification society DNV GL has announced that a drone has successfully inspected an oil tank on board an FPSO, and that the live footage streamed by the drone was interpreted in real-time by an algorithm to detect cracks in the structure.

  • Aron Sørensen, BIMCO’s Head of Marine Environment, heads a working group of shipowners, paint manufacturers and service companies that has produced a first draft of a hull cleaning standard.

    First tests of emerging industry-led standard for hull cleaning due in 2020


    BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, has moved a step closer to finishing a global set of guidelines covering in-water hull cleaning. A first draft of a standard drawn up by an industry-led working group is being circulated to government regulators and scientific experts, while practical tests of the standard ...

  • A deadline for a SoC to be available for inspection onboard falls on 31 May 2020.

    Deadline to obtain SoC for IMO DCS looms


    The 31 May deadline for shipowners to obtain and display onboard a Statement of Compliance (SoC) to demonstrate compliance with IMO DCS reporting requirements is looming.

  • The Paris MoU has amended its COVID-19 guidance, recognising that a limitation of three months in the guidance may be too short to address the challenges currently being faced.

    Paris MoU revises COVID-19 guidance


    The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) is amending its previously drafted guidelines in response to COVID-19 in view of the continuing effects of the crisis. The full guidance is also available for download.

  • The protocols also received the support of the two largest Flag States, Liberia and Panama. Photo: IMO

    IMO backs protocols to facilitate crew changes


    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a recommended framework of protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes and travel during the Covid-19 pandemic to all IMO member states, the UN and other stakeholders.

  • Commenting on the launch of IACS unified Recommendation on Cyber Resilience, Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General, identified network design as the basis for a reliable and robust network.

    IACS publishes unified cyber resilience recommendation


    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has published a single, standalone Recommendation on Cyber Resilience (No. 166), consolidating 12 previous recommendations on the issue.

  • Port State Control regimes

    Pragmatic approach for PSC regimes


    Port State Control (PSC) regimes have reported that while the number of physical onboard ship inspections have reduced considerably during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, high-risk ships which may be substandard continue to be targeted.

  • MSC is trialling a new thermal camera based fire detection system aboard the MSC Febe, a sistership of the MSC Gulsun (pictured).

    DNV GL awards new fire safety notation to Gulsun series


    Speaking at a press conference in London yesterday, DNV GL – Maritime ceo Knut Orbeck-Nilssen announced that class society DNV GL had updated its class rules and launched a voluntary ‘FCS’ notation for container vessels.

  • The Indian GSM announced requirements for ship operators of cargo vessels to draw up an inventory of single-use plastics for vessels calling at Indian ports by 31 January 2020.

    Indian GSM clarifies single-use plastic restrictions


    The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) has issued a clarification around the implementation of Order No.05 of 2019, which prohibits the use of single-use plastic items onboard ships. Cargo ships calling at Indian ports or places must draw up and maintain an inventory of all single-use plastic items onboard ...

  • LR warned that owners and operators must ensure that all servicing done in China should meet revised China MSA requirements but also be acceptable to Lloyd’s Register and/or the ship’s Flag Administration Photo: LR

    China MSA clarifies service supplier localisation exemption


    The Chinese authorities have issued a clarification that new regulations covering the control and monitoring of service suppliers in China are not applicable to foreign service providers which do not require a fixed location workshop and only work on foreign-flagged vessels.

  • The Green Deal, unveiled by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, appears to be extending the Euro-ETS to shipping by June 2021

    What does the Green Deal really mean for shipping?


    The Green Deal, unveiled by EC President Ursula von der Leyen, is now on the table, but what are we to make of it? The implications certainly require a considered look, writes Stevie Knight.

  • India plans to ratify the Hong Kong Convention in 2020.

    HKC progresses after Indian move


    The Indian government has announced plans to ratify the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Hong Kong convention, the treaty for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.

  • Is shipping on course for market based measures on carbon? Image by sweetreilly0 Pixabay

    To market, to market...


    While there may not be many outward signs, the maritime industry appears to be slowly, though inexorably moving to a global carbon price, writes Stevie Knight.

  • Participants in the kick-off meeting for the pan-industry LASH FIRE study (courtesy of LASH FIRE project group).



    A collaborative research project addressing ro-ro fire safety was implemented in September with European Union financial support, writes David Tinsley.

  • Amendments to the BWM Convention have come into force Photo: IMO

    BWM Convention amendments now in force


    Amendments to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention aimed at preventing the spread of potentially invasive species in ballast water are now in force.

  • ClassNK has joined a working group aimed at reducing emissions from shipping Photo: ClassNK

    ClassNK joins emissions working group


    Classification society, ClassNK, is participating in a working group aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from shipping.

  • PSC inspectors are likely to focus on emergency systems

    PSC inspections focus on emergency systems


    A consortium of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) will this year carry out a joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on emergency systems and procedures.

  • The US Coast Guard has issued new guidelines on the procedures for the non-availability of compliant fuel Photo: Igor Grochev/

    USCG issues new fuel procedure


    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has published a new procedure for notification of non-availability of compliant fuel.