PSCO’s in the Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU regions have performed a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry from 1 September through 30 November 2015.
In general the results of the CIC indicate that the subject of Enclosed Space Entry is taken seriously by the industry. The CIC did not lead to an increase in the rate of detentions however the actual compliance, shown in drills, could be better. 7.9% of drills were found to be unsatisfactory.
The current draft of the “Ballast Water Management – How to do it” manual is on the table at the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 3rd session (15-19 February), as the BWM Convention edges closer to entry into force. The Sub-Committee is expected to finalize draft MARPOL Annex VI amendments to the bunker […]
IMO has launched a video showing practical training on ballast water sampling and analysis (8 February). This is part of the organization’s efforts, under the GloBallast Partnerships Programme, to counter the threat to ecosystems by invasive species transported in the ballast water of ships. The video includes a recent training exercise that brought together scientific experts, port state control inspectors and marine biologists from various countries with a view to understanding the possible challenges of implementing IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.