News Bulletin – 19 May 2018

1 . World’s Smallest Island Country Joins IMO

17 May 2018 : The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed a new member, the Republic of Nauru. On May 14, 2018, Nauru deposited its instrument of acceptance to the IMO Convention with the United Nations depositary – becoming IMO’s 174th member state.

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2. Paris MoU to Focus on Air Pollution from Ships

17 May 2018 : The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) unveiled its plans to focus attention on marine air pollution in the near future. This development anticipates the new maximum limits for sulphur in ships fuel oil, which is due to enter into force on January 1, 2020.

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3. Japan focuses on maritime security in new ocean policy

15 May 2018 : Japan approved Tuesday a new ocean policy that highlights maritime security, amid perceived growing threats from North Korea and China, in a reversal from the previous version which focused largely on sea resource development.

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4.Panama Canal Welcomes Largest Passenger Ship To-Date

15 May 2018 : The Panama Canal welcomed Norwegian Cruise Line’s 168,000 gross ton Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger vessel to ever transit the waterway, on May 14.“The Panama Canal is proud to welcome the Norwegian Bliss and recognizes that this distinct milestone is made possible by the Canal Expansion, as well as the experience and efforts gained in the two years since its inauguration,” Manuel Benitez, Deputy Canal Administrator, said.

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5. Safety training is a must for all who go to sea

14 May 2018 : New Bedford scalloper Northern Edge went down in the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area. Five men perished. It was a loss that rocked the city. Pedro Furtado, the only survivor, was a 22 year-old man who had been through safety training in his native Portugal before coming to the United States. He had the presence of mind to jump into the wintry sea while the other men froze. It was this disaster that prompted the city to introduce safety training for those who earn their livelihood from commercial fishing, the most dangerous occupation in the United States.

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