News Bulletin – 16 June 2018

1. ITF and FTA collaborate to repatriate seafarers from UAE

15 June 2018 : Since 2016, the ITF has been assisting seafarers on board three vessels, all owned by Venous Ships Mgmt in the port of Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE):
• City Elite – IMO 9486908, Liberia flag
• Al-Nouf – IMO 9422990, Liberia flag
• Lowdale (renamed as Mercury) – IMO 891779, Palau flag

The seafarers on board these vessels have endured inhumane conditions as the owner systematically abandoned them without wages, without food and water and without fuel to power the basic necessities like refrigeration and air conditioning.

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2. IMO events bring port issues to the fore

14 June 2018 : Global trade by sea is dependent on the interconnection between ships, ports and people – and everyone needs to be involved, from port operators, to regulators, to maritime security experts and innovators in technology. The theme of mutual cooperation and collaboration was highlighted throughout a special event on ports, held at IMO Headquarters (11 June). The Special Port Event was supported by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

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3. Panama Canal Ups Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

14 June 2018 : The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) increased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks on June 13. The maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting these locks was set at 14.94 meters tropical fresh water (TFW).

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4. BIMCO provides insights on automated ship reporting

12 June 2018 : Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has offered insights on the implementation of automated ship reporting by the shipping industry, which is expected to become effective from April next year. Following the implementation of the new regulation, public authorities will be required to put into place a ship clearance system, allowing electronic exchange of information from ships to the relevant onshore parties when approaching a port.

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5. India: Cargo traffic at Major Ports grow 2.41%

11 June 2018 : The top 12 major ports in the country recorded 2.41 per cent growth in cargo handling at 116.26 million tonne (MT) in the first two months of the current fiscal, the shipping ministry said.

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6.BIMCO to Step Up Fight Against Maritime Corruption

11 June 2018 : BIMCO is helping the industry raise its voice against maritime corruption and supports initiatives that help fight unfair trade. At the 42nd session of the International Maritime Organisations Facilitation Committee (FAL) in London on June 5-8th, BIMCO has backed a request made by The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) for the IMO and member States to fully recognise the scale of maritime corruption and to take a stand against this type of crime.

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