IMO regional webinar targets increased safety for fishing industry

Decision-makers from maritime administrations and fishery authorities were active participants in a webinar exploring the challenges and benefits of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement as a tool to drastically improve fishing safety. The two-day event, on April 13-14, saw stakeholders from the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean States share their progress towards ratification of the Agreement, which is yet to come into force.

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The report 16/04/2021

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Commentary: Boxing clever?

Liner companies are certainly doing their bit for the LNG-fuelled vessel orderbook but what will their future fuel choices be when other options come to the market? Read Mark William’s perspective – and we are also asking for your feedback on the likely energy outlook for container shipping.

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Jamaica pledges leadership, commitment and strategic focus as it seeks re-election to the IMO council

Kingston, Jamaica April 15 2021: Jamaica has pledged to “offer leadership, commitment and strategic focus” by continuing its role as a Council member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the United Nations specialised agency responsible for the safety, security and pollution control of the global shipping industry.

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ICS Launches New Edition of Leading Industry Guidelines on Combatting Drug Trafficking

Criminal gangs are increasingly exploiting merchant shipping to traffic large volumes of illicit drugs to markets worldwide.  Nearly 90% of all cocaine, 45% of all cannabis, and 30% of all amphetamine type stimulants seized globally during January 2017 to April 2020 were trafficked via sea, despite the best efforts of the shipping industries to combat this activity.  We all share a collective responsibility to assist in combatting this illegal traffic. This is the message from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in its latest publication, Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship: Guidelines for Owners and Masters on Preparation, Prevention, Protection and Response.

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