International Maritime Organization

Maritime security revamp sets sail for the legislature

A new law on maritime security will be introduced to the Legislative Council later this month in response to the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) code laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the seaborne trade's de facto governing body.

Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 12:00am

Help sought on security for shipping

Officials are concerned that poorer countries might face difficulties in implementing US-driven measures to increase security for seaborne trade.

22 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Shipowners' committee seeks standard training requirements in the region

The seamen's committee of the Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) wants the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) to take its study on the seven Maritime Education and Training Institutions (METs) in China to a regional level.

29 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

IMO urged as safety forum

The Quality Shipping Seminar 2000, held for the first time in Asia, has concluded with a call to the European Union to bring its proposed measures on shipping safety to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and not to unilaterally implement them.

29 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

IMO sees no need to wait for adoption of its new maritime regulations

Preventive measures available to government and industry bodies could reduce pollution risks, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) says.

Its marine environment protection committee chairman, Michael Julian, said preventive mechanisms included improved administrative measures, greater clarity in IMO regulations and fuller compliance with international conventions.

17 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Global benchmark sought to prevent cost-cutting on crews

Refining the principles of safe manning will have no effect unless there is international agreement on minimum manning scales, according to a marine official.

Hong Kong Marine Department's chief of shipping policy (nautical) Suresh Anand said many Hong Kong ship managers accepted the idea of a minimum global benchmark on manning.

29 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Rules burden criticised

Shipowners and managers are being urged to help formulate effective rules concerning safety and the environment instead of allowing themselves to be 'victims' of an overwhelming volume of regulation by well-meaning regulators.

27 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Industry concern at shortage of good officers and seafarers

No matter what shipping rules and regulations are formulated by regulatory bodies, safe operations still depend on officers and crew, an executive says.

The out-going president of the International Ship Managers' Association (Isma), Harry Gilbert, said it was therefore important that ship managers made the right choices when selecting seafarers and officers.

22 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Competition benefits shipowners

Intense competition is forcing ship management companies to provide highly professional, responsible and efficient services to shipowners, according to a shipping executive.

6 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Growing shortage of seafarers worries owners' forum

The seamen's committee of the Asian Shipowners Forum has expressed deep concern at the increasing shortage of qualified seafarers worldwide.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Service record book introduced

The International Shipping Federation has launched a personal training and service record book to help seafarers who are already qualified to demonstrate their compliance with the revised STCW Convention.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

IACS sets design for bulk carriers

Shipowners ordering bulk carriers now must ensure the shipyard provides a design that meets International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) unified requirements.

6 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Panama to set up Manila office

Panama is to establish a maritime regional office in Manila to speed up licensing of seafarers from the region, as Filipinos make up 60 per cent of the 180,000 seafarers on board Panamanian-flagged vessels.

30 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Rules enforcement key to success

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) says shipping accidents can be avoided if governments change their attitude and adopt a culture which puts safety at the top of their priority lists.

26 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Firms must fall into line or risk going out of business, IMO official says

A safety official has warned Asian shipowners they risk being put out of business if they fail to immediately implement an international maritime safety code.

18 Jun 1997 - 12:00am