Belgium today (7 March) became the latest country to ratify a key international measure for environmental protection, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the treaty within sight of meeting entry into force criteria. Aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast water, the BWM Convention requires ships to have procedures in place for ballast water management.
Compressed air is becoming an increasingly important part of a ship’s technical equipment.
From a typical setup with 2 piston type starting air compressors, compressed air installations have grown much bigger and now provide deck air, working air, instrument and control air for the maneuvering of the ship, and process air for nitrogen production. Large installations of several hundred kW, with a high energy consumption.
IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) recorded 246 incidents in 2015, one more than in 2014. The number of vessels boarded rose 11% to 203, one ship was fired at, and a further 27 attacks were thwarted. Armed with guns or knives, pirates killed one seafarer and injured at least 14. Kidnappings – where crew are taken away and held for ransom – doubled from nine in 2014 to 19 in 2015, all the result of five attacks off Nigeria.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, transiting crude oil tankers, product carriers, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less than 18°C are required to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent activation of their pressure relief valves during transit.
UMAR WSR is initiating a mascot design competition for Life Jacket Foundation.
The Life Jacket mascot will unify and embody our foundation spirit and unite all organizations working with children, under one image.
The mascot will also define UMAR WSR brand and help to identify the institution for both internal and external communities. The mascot will be displayed in UMAR WSR publications, advertisements, the website, clothing, facilities, and more. The mascot’s design will reflect the company’s mission, history, and culture. In addition the design will incorporate the company’s colors of blue, grey and white.
Although Antarctica has no permanent human residents, there are various animal species inhabiting the continent. Penguins and seals are amongst them. Why is it important to protect Antarctica's ocean? Find out in the following Infographic!