By Capt. Demóstenes Sánchez
Of all the countries that have universities and naval schools that prepare merchant navy officers, Panama is the only one that does not have a school-ship where the cadets can do the necessary practice so they meet the requirements demanded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and earn their title as nautical engineers.
Currently, universities such as the Panama International Maritime University (UMIP) and Columbus University [...]
They represent 80% of the world merchant fleet
By Dennis Smith
At the annual general meeting of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), shipowners’ associations from Asia, the Americas and Europe voiced their concerns.
Together the participants represent all sectors and are responsible for over 80% of the world merchant fleet. Major items on the agenda were how best to implement the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) environmental regulations and industry readiness for entering into [...]
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary- General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, recently visited the headquarters of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) to discuss matters of mutual interest, in particular in the field of the future of maritime communications and how new technologies would support the sustainability of the maritime sector.
IMSO Director General, Captain Esteban Pacha-Vicente, said: “IMSO is honored to receive Mr Sekimizu on his first visit to IMSO in his capacity as the IMO [...]
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the cruise industry’s plans to focus on operational safety improvements and best practices. The global cruise industry, with input from an independent panel of experts with extensive experience in maritime, regulatory and accident investigation fields, introduced 10 new safety policies during the review. The safety categories include muster drills, bridge access and procedures, life jacket availability and location, lifeboat loading drills, recording of passenger nationalities for on-shore emergency services [...]