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New Draft ICF Code

by | Thursday, October 16, 2014 |

The draft International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), as well as proposed amendments making the Code mandatory under SOLAS, has been agreed upon by the inaugural session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC1).What is the IGF Code?The IGF Code is designed to give mandatory provisions for the installation, arrangement, control and monitoring of equipment, machinery and systems that use low flashpoint fuels, with the goal...

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Edison Chouest Shipyard Essential to Local Economy

by | Thursday, October 09, 2014 |

Since its completion and opening in August, 2013, Edison Chouest’s “LaShip” shipyard has become an essential part of the Houma-Terrebonne industry.The shipyard’s drydock – the final piece of construction – is approximately 80 feet tall and 400 feet long. The dock was built by Gulf Island Fabrication and cost roughly $37 million. The dock can be lowered into the water to allow for an easier launch of larger vessels when they have been completed.Just following the dock’s opening, Edison Chouest...

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IMO Conventions – Upcoming Dates to Remember

by | Wednesday, October 01, 2014 |

January 1, 2015 Code for Recognized Organizations (RO Code)“RO Code” becomes mandatory under MARPOL, SOLAS, and Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines (1966).2013 May SOLAS Amendments enter into forceSOLAS regulation III/19 - requires musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departureSOLAS regulation III/19 - mandates enclosed-space entry and rescue drills, requiring crew members with enclosed-space entry or rescue roles to complete an...

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Merchant Mariner Training Updates

by | Tuesday, September 30, 2014 |

Publication of a new Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC)A new NVIC has been published in addition to the other four NVICs released on August 29, 2014.The USCG published the additional NVIC to give guidance on implementing the Final Rule titled “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), as Amended, and Changes to National Endorsements”.The NVIC, titled, “Guidelines on...

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