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The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it will follow the IMO recommendation calling for port state control (PSC) authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach to enforcement of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention regarding seafarer certification. This deferred enforcement until 1 July is appropriate because training institutions are having difficulty in training all the seafarers for updated requirements. (1/5/17)

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Today (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) marks the start of a six-month consultation period in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking widespread input from industry stakeholders and the public on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments.

The intention of the consultation period is to gather information from a broad spectrum of stakeholders on how to alleviate administrative burdens. The IMO says that it recognizes that some administrative requirements contained in IMO instruments may have become unnecessary, disproportionate or even obsolete, and it is committed to reducing their impact.

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The IMO issued a news release stating that, as part of its program on Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector (IWMS), it has produced the film “Women at the Helm” to help women achieve a more equitable representation in the maritime community. (4/19/13).

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The Shipping Coordinating Committee (SHC), sponsored by the Department of State (DOS), will meet in Arlington, Virginia on 20 December 2012 and 10 January 2013 to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR). Topics on the agenda include: modernization of GMDSS; development of an e-navigation strategy implementation plan; and development of a mandatory Polar Code. 77 Fed. Reg. 72431 (December 5, 2012).

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The IMO issued a news release stating that the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will meet in London on 26-30 November to consider a variety of matters, including passenger ship safety, amendments to the SOLAS Convention, and anti-piracy measures. (11/21/12)

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The IMO posted a simplified outline of the revisions to the MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) which comes into effect January 1, 2013.

Dennis Bryant, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting and author of Bryant’s Maritime Blog, had written an article about the Garbage Revolution and the implications of the revision in Maritime Reporter and Engineering News.

The US Coast Guard posted the latest edition of its IMO Newsletter. The newsletter discusses most recent developments at the International Maritime Organization, including passenger vessel safety, Arctic issues, and counter-piracy efforts. (Summer 2012).

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