|In the midst of this very difficult and unprecedented pandemic period, we send this message of solidarity and support to all seafarers and our encouragement to everyone who is being impacted. The security measures and regulations taken by global governments in order to contain the disease spread and keep our communities protected have propelled you into a precarious and difficult situation. The numerous restrictions placed on where people can go and what they can do, directly effects embarkation and disembarkation - preventing shore leave. We thank you for your co-operation and support in these endeavours to ensure continuity of shipsÆ operations.|
We wish you and your loved ones good health as we move forward in confidence together. We keep hope that the current situation will be resolved soonest.
Given the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in the last few days and in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and reduce the potential for transmission, the Office of the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs wishes to inform that we will be closedfrom today at 12:00, March 17th, 2020. Any further changes will be communicated as information becomes available. We will adapt our services for the coming period and maintain all services within our means: electronic certification will be issued where possible.
We are committed to continue our services, though limited and will operate as such, until further notice.
We hope that the situation is resolved soonest and hope for a safe and healthy outcome to everyone.
|IMO has published Circular Letter No.4204-Add4 providing information and guidance, based on recommendations developed by the World Health Organization (World Health Organization (WHO), on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from the coronavirus.|
This Administration strongly encourages shipowners/ship managers /ship operators to closely monitor the situation and to take the appropriate measures, as deemed necessary, on board their vessels to reduce the risk of exposure if they are likely to be engaged on ships trading to and from ports in coronavirus-affected States.
We further strongly encourage ship owners /ship managers /ship operators to seek guidance from local authorities in due time before arrival port on restrictions and other preventive measures currently in effect.
This Administration also recommends shipowners/ship managers /ship operators to observe WHO Updates regarding the coronavirus.
|Concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) by Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU on Emergency Systems and Procedures beginning 1 September 2019 and end on 30 November 2019.|
The purpose of the CIC is to ensure compliance with the requirements for the operation of emergency situations.
Masters should use CIC on Emergency Systems and Procedures checklist in order to identify and rectify possible PSC inspection.
|The requirement of maximum sulphur content of 0,50% m/m for marine fuel oil will enter into force on the 1st of January 2020.|
This Administration strongly recommends ships to develop implementation plans based on the "Guidance on the Development of aShip Implementation Plan for the Consistent Implementation of the 0.50% Sulphur Limit under MARPOL Annex VI" in accordance with the MEPC.1/Circ.878 in order to avoid delays.
The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will start issuing a letter of warning from the 1st of January 2019 on the sulphur content of marine fuels during inspections in order to increase awareness of and to encourage timely compliance with the new requirements.
|Resolution MSC.159(78) -INTERIM GUIDANCE ON CONTROL AND COMPLIANCE MEASURES TO ENHANCE MARITIME SECURITY. :|
This document, implemented by Coast Guard during inspections, is intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of control and compliance measures, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI-2/9 of SOLAS as amended, in order to afford c
|To ensure timely SEEMP Part II verifications by Recognized Organizations (ROs), this Administration strongly recommends that owners/operators of ships subject to the IMO Data Collection System submit their SEEMP Part II to their ROs by 1st September 2018|
|Paris MoU announced the joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign of Paris and Tokyo MoU on MARPOL Annex VI that will run from September to November 2018.|
Masters should use the Questionnaire for the Inspection Campaign on MARPOL ANNEX VI in order to identify and rectify possible PSC Deficiencies well in advance before the PSC inspection.
The registration of fishing vessels and vessels engaged in any fishing activities whatsoever (including the TREATMENT, STORAGE OR TRANSPORTATION OF FISH AND FISH PRODUCTS), is suspended.
|RIYADH MOU 2017 CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry from 1st September 2017 to 30th November 2017. :|
The RIYADH (MoU) has recently announced that it will be conducting a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC). The CIC will focus on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry and will run from 1st September 2017 until 30th November 2017.
During this period Port State Control (PSC) Officers of the RIYADH (MoU) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)
will perform the campaign according to the attached questionnaire form "CIC on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry".
The full text of the RIYADH (MoU) may be found here.
|PARIS, TOKYO, INDIAN OCEAN, BLACK SEA AND MEDITERRANEAN MOUs ON PORT STATE CONTROL - CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN (CIC): SAFETY OF NAVIGATION (SOLAS CHAPTER V) :|
PSC Officers will use a questionnaire developed by the Paris MOU and Tokyo MOUs to verify that the navigational equipment
carried on board complies with statutory certificates, that the Master and navigation Officers are qualified and familiar with the operation of the bridge equipment (particularly with Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems)
and that navigational equipment is properly maintained and functioning.
|This Administration would like to remind ships' Owners, ships' operators, ships' managers and Masters that the Cyprus ports of Famagusta, Karavostassi and Kyrenia situated in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus which operated prior the 1974 Turkish invasion were declared closed for all vessels in 1974 by the Council of Ministers Order of the Republic of Cyprus.|
The use or attempt to use an illegal point of entry or exit from this part of Cyprus constitutes a violation of Cypriot Law and contravenes the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984).
|All ships, pleasure and commercial yachts above 500 gt should comply with the new Minimum Safe Manning requirements by 1st July 2017.|
In order to avoid delays, shipowners are urged to apply well in advance for the new Minimum Safe Manning Documents.
Please refer to our Circular STCW 006.
|Tokyo MOU CIC on Cargo Securing Arrangements :|
Tokyo MOU Secretariat has issued a Press Release concerning the implementation of a concentrated inspection campaign on Cargo Securing Arrangements to be carried out from 1 September through 30 November 2016.
(http://www.tokyo-mou.org/doc/Press release on CIC on Cargo Securing Arrangements.pdf)
|PARIS MOU ON PORT STATE CONTROL - CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN (CIC) : MLC, 2006 REQUIREMENTS :|
Between 1 September and 30 November 2016 a Concentrated Inspection Campaign will place on MLC,2006 requirements.
See details :
|Yemen Port Procedures :|
All vessels calling Yemeni ports should obtain the permission from relevant authorities according to the procedure described in the following document.
|PARIS AND TOKYO MOUs ON PORT STATE CONTROL - CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN (CIC) :|
Paris and Tokyo MOUs on Port State Control have announced they will launch a joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on crew familiarisation with enclosed space entry.
The CIC will run from 1st September 2015 to 30th November, 2015.
During port state inspections, officers will check in detail the enclosed space entry procedures and measures that are in place. Port State Control Officers will use the attached questionnaire to establish that crew members are familiar with the relevant equipment and have received training to identify and understand the hazards associated with enclosed space entry.
|Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks :|
The entry into force date for the Nairobi International Convention of Removal of Wrecks (WRC) is 14 April 2015. The WRC requires owners of ships over 300GT to take out insurance or provide other financial security to cover the costs of wreck removal, capped at an amount equal to the limits of liability under the applicable national or international limitation regime. Owners of ships that call at ports of State Parties which mandate the certificate as a port entry requirement, are also required to carry a WRC State certificate to attest that they have obtained adequate insurance coverage.
As of January 2015, there are 16 States that have acceded to the WRC as shown in Table A. The WRC allows State Parties to issue the WRC State certificates to ships belonging to non-Convention States. The State Parties of Germany, The Cook Islands, Malta, Palau will issue WRC State certificates to St. Vincent and the Grenadines flagged ships. We would like to advise owners, managers and masters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines flagged ships calling at ports of State Parties to check with the local agents on whether the WRC State certificate is a port entry requirement. If so, please be advised to approach the State Parties of Germany, The Cook Islands and Malta, Palau for the issuance of the WRC State Certificate to your ships. The contact details to make the applications are appended in Table B. We hereby request that copies of all WRCs are submitted to the Administration for our records.
Seaman's Books are compulsory for all seamen.
A valid STCW Endorsement is mandatory for the issue of Seaman's Book to marine officers.
|Asbestos Inspections :|
The Dutch Shipping Department of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT/Scheepvaart) will be carrying out on-board checks for compliance with the international SOLAS requirement during the regular PSC inspections of foreign ships in Dutch
ports. These inspections will commence in the 3rd / 4th quarter of 2012.
If asbestos is found, the Flag State will be requested to issue an Exemption in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1374.
See our Circular number SOL 047
|Security level raised to 2 SVG ships at ports and roadsteads in Libya. :|
|Vessels transiting to or from ports in Japan or in waters in the vicinity of the northeast coast of the island of Honshu. :|
It is recommended, as precaution, that vessels avoid transiting within 50 NM of the Fukushima nuclear power plant at position 37 degrees 19 minutes North, 141 degrees 01 minutes East.
Seafarers are advised to monitor and comply with NAVTEX and NAVAREA XI warnings and any information being provided by the government of Japan relating to any further potential impacts.
|REMINDER - Security Level 2 maintained in the port of Onne, Nigeria :|
28/01/2011 - Due to the recent piracy activities in the area, St Vincent and The Grenadines Maritime Administration has decided to raise security level from Level I to security Level II for all St Vincent and The Grenadines registered ships calling at
Onne Port and its anchorage, Nigeria.
The increase to security Level II will remain in force until otherwise decided.
When sailing in this area, St Vincent and The Grenadines ships should:
o Accomplish all measures for security Level II described in the Ship Security Plan (SSP)
o Follow the relevant advice given in St Vincent and The Grenadines ISPS Circulars.
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ratify Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) :|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines is party to the International convention on civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage, 2001 - effective as of 26th February 2009.|
|Security level raised to 2 for Nigerian Waters. Masters and crew are required to be vigilent while in Nigerian Waters :|
This Administration advises the Master/SSO and crew to pay utmost attention and to be vigilant during transit/call at Nigerian waters and ports.
Master/SSO in consultation with CSO shall verify the actual security situation and implement security measures as per SSP which will correspond to the overall security situation.
|New Statutory Requirements entering into force on 01st January 2007 :|
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