New life for coastal shipping: Australian Government plan announced

The Australian Government has announced plans that are likely to have a big effect on coastal shipping
The Australian Government has announced plans that are likely to have a big effect on coastal shipping

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss outlined the Government’s plan to simplify coastal shipping regulation at a luncheon of shipping companies, unions and maritime stakeholders, hosted by Shipping Australia Limited.

“These changes are urgently needed,” Shipping Australia CEO, Rod Nairn said. “Moving long-haul freight by sea is four times more environmentally efficient than rail, and twenty times more efficient than road, in terms of green-house gas emissions.

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IMO set to adopt Polar code from January 2017

At its 68th session the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization adopted the Polar code
At its 68th session the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization adopted the Polar code

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 68th session from 11 to 15 May 2015.

The MEPC adopted the environmental requirements of the Polar Code and associated MARPOL amendments to make the Code mandatory; adopted amendments to MARPOL related to tanks for oil residues; designated an extension to the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA); and furthered its work on implementation of air pollution and energy efficiency measures and the Ballast Water Management Convention.

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The government of British Columbia sets out an LNG investment plan

bcAgreements reached between the government of B.C. and Pacific NorthWest LNG establish the path to a final investment decision on the project and set the stage for a potential US$36-billion investment in Northern B.C. that will be a key driver of jobs and economic activity in the province.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Michael Culbert, president of Pacific NorthWest LNG, signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out the steps leading toward ratification of a project development agreement between government and the company. Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, signed the project development agreement on behalf of government, which initiates a ratification process by both the company and the British Columbia Legislature. Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development, signed the Province’s long-term royalty agreement with the company.

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MAIB Business Plan 2015/6 published

The MAIB Business Plan for the financial  year 2015-2016 has been published. Photograph by Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The MAIB Business Plan for the financial year 2015-2016 has been published. Photograph by Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

MAIB stands for the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and it is an operationally independent unit of the Department for Transport. The MAIB contributes to improving marine safety by determining the causes and circumstances of marine accidents, and working with others to reduce the likelihood of such accidents recurring in the future. The MAIB Business Plan covers the financial year 2015-16.

The MAIB was formed in 1989 following recommendations made as a consequence of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster of 1987, when it was recognised that the UK needed to separate the roles of accident investigation from those of regulation and enforcement.

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UK Government urged to get its slice of the valuable maritime sector

Red Ship in PortFollowing the election of the new Conservative Government in the UK, Nautilus has welcomed new research showing that the maritime sector is worth almost £10bn a year to the UK economy.

A report from Oxford Economics values the combined direct contribution of the UK maritime services sector – including the shipping, ports and business services industries – to have been £9.9bn in 2013.

The sector directly employed a total of 239,200 people in 2013 and the combined direct contribution of maritime industries to the exchequer was £2.5bn.

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Maritime Authority of Jamaica Director General receives global award

Maritime Authority of Jamaica Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, has been given an important global award
Maritime Authority of Jamaica Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, has been given an important global award

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica has been awarded the prestigious International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015 “Maritime education and training”, sponsored by the China Classification Society, at the 27th Seatrade Awards Ceremony.

Admiral Brady was recognized for his dedicated work in the field of maritime training. He chaired the IMO Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) Sub Committee for almost 10 years and was Chairman of the Committee of the Whole at the Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines, which amended the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and STCW Code for Seafarers.

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