The Danish/German classification society DNV/GL has announced that it has
started offering remote surveys for some inspections on all DNV/GL classed vessels. This
means that for a range of surveys, a DNV/GL surveyor will not be required to travel to the
vessel. Instead, surveyors will do video streaming to provide support to vessels anywhere
in the world with documentations, images, video and input provided by the customer and the
firm TECSIS GmbH has developed a technical solution to weigh containers by using
twistlocks sensors, attached to straddle carriers or trucks which use a container spreader
for moving containers. Weighing of containers before loading on board ships, has become
mandatory by a SOLAS guideline, which was introduced two years ago.
city of Barcelona asked the Spanish government to commit itself for the introduction of an
Emission Control Area (ECA) for the Mediterranean, the French administration has also
announced to be in favor of such a legislation. Italy is still considering a similar
proposal. According to investigators, shipping is responsible for 40% of air pollution in
the coastal areas of the Mediterranean.
English consortium Rolls Royce has sold its commercial maritime business to the Norwegian
based firm Kongsberg. Apart from many other activities in the maritime domain, Rolls Royce
had gained experience in the technological development of autonomous ships and ships
operated from a distance.
consequence of transfers in the banking business, German ship owners fear a sell out of
the German fleet under the German flag. There is already a considerable fall in numbers of
ships since 2011. Without these new developments, of the 3784 ships under the German flag
in 2011, only 2359 remained in 2018.
celebrate international Women s Day 2019, the international Maritime Organization,
along with other maritime stakeholders, are putting the spotlights on the roles and
contributions of women to the maritime sector. The theme of this years IMOs
World Maritime Day is: Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, giving
particular resonance to this years International Womens Day
Belgian Professor Mr. Eric van Hooydonk has written a visionary paper about the future of
unmanned ports, visited by unmanned vessels and vehicles. In this paper, he calls the port
of the future a Botport. In the ultimate scenario, this port is a
machine rather than a human working community.
President G. Ribaric and CESMA Council Member Captain M. Carbolante will represent CESMA
during the Motorways of the Seas (MOS) conference in Trieste, Italy, on
4th April 2019. CESMA participates in the MOS project in the Human Element sector. Title
of the conference is Envisioning the Port of the Future, the 2030 Horizon.
The EU has
express concern on the Philippines compliance with seafarer standards. There
are deficiencies in complying with the Standards of Training, Certification
and Watch-keeping (STCW) for seafarers. Yet, it allows Philippino seafarers to be employed
in international seagoing ships. They are employed by shipowners in many countries in the
EU . EMSA visited the Philippines already in 2014 to audit the education and training
facilities in order to find ways to improve the situation. Still, there seems to exist
deficiencies with a number of training institutes, reason why EU examiners will visit the
The recent, almost, disaster with the cruise ship Viking
Sky in stormy Norwegian waters have again raised questions about the safety issue
for passengers on board in case of an emergency. In this case, the 4 engines of the vessel
became out of order by a lubrication failure. Although close to the coast, only ca.
500 passengers could be rescued by helicopters. The others survived because the crew
managed to restart one engine, just in time. We will revert in our next issue of the CESMA
NEWS on this very important issue.
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