Flag/ ISM News

Bringing you the latest news from Flag and Port State Regs. We are now tracking the latest updates from the MLC, IMO, and the larger Flag states so you don’t have to

MLC amendments Dec16 – From 18th January 2017, ships under MLC must display certificates issued by an insurer confirming that financial security is in place for liabilities in respect of crew repatriation and for compensation for death and disability.

2010 Manila Amendments to STCW Dec16 – Everyone should be aware of the requirements for STCW “Refresher” training came into effect as of the 1st January. Although the IMO has called for Port State Control authorities to “take a pragmatic and practical approach during inspections…” up to 1st July 2017, the MCA and the Cayman Islands do not intend to make any regulations to formally extend the transition period which expired on 31st December 2016. So it will be up to the PSC Inspector to decide whether or not to take action if a seafarer does not hold the required certificates. For those vessels having crew who are affected by this.
• Have a copy of the IMO circular on hand during a Port State Control inspection.
• Have on hand evidence that the required courses have been booked.
• Notify your DPA and your insurers that some crew do not have the required certificates.

The IMO circular can be downloaded here MSC1Circ1560
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Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks Nov16
From 20 February 2017, all Cayman Islands ships of 300 GT and above, as well as non-Cayman Islands ships visiting the Cayman Islands, must have wreck removal insurance in place. These ships must also hold a certificate issued by MACI attesting that the ship has wreck removal insurance. Further guidance is expected to follow.

Marshall Islands MSAdvisory_34-16 Use of new satellite mobile communications services – Any MI flagged vessels that intend to use any new satellite service must have their ship radio station licenses amended to authorize the use of the frequency ranges offered by that service. This includes VSAT (Ku, KA, C), Iridium, Thrurya, INMARSAT and additionally any satellite service that may become available in the near and far future under the GMDSS modernization plan.