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•             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 crew.
•              The German 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.
•              After the 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.
•              The 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.
•              As a 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.
•              To 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 year’s IMO’s World Maritime Day is: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, giving particular resonance to this year’s International Women’s Day” celebrations.
•              Well known 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.
•              CESMA Vice 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 Philippines shortly.


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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