Asbestos Exposure among Navy Veterans

February 2, 2020

Veterans Day is a day for remembering the sacrifices of those who have served the United States, their families, and those who paid the ultimate price in war. At Environmental Litigation Group we offer compassionate and comprehensive services to aid veterans and their family members. We should take a moment to remember some of the less obvious risks men in uniform were confronted with during their service, and not only…

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Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) updated

February 2, 2020

New edition of Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) published by OCIMF 20 December 2019 – (LONDON) The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a voluntary association of 112 oil companies, has today published an updated edition of its Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) programme. OVMSA has been updated to reflect current legislation, expectations and emerging risks. It also includes expanded best practice guidelines and a streamlined…

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Piracy at sea in 2019

February 2, 2020

Eighty-two Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre in 2019 Annual Report (January to December 2019) released at the 11th Nautical Forum, ReCAAP ISC’s annual dialogue with maritime, diplomatic and regulatory/law enforcement communities ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Annual Report 2019 (January to December 2019). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies,…

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Canada to issue CoR for Norwegian and French seafarers

December 4, 2019

A new Ship Safety Bulletin by Transport Canada issued today, outlines a recent agreement to recognize Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued to seafarers by Norway and France, under the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) program. The purpose of this Ship Safety Bulletin is to advise owners and operators of Canadian registered ships and seafarers that the Maritime Administration of Canada has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Maritime Administrations of…

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PFOA and AFFF – WTF

October 31, 2019

Contamination from the Military’s Use of Firefighting Foam A great deal of attention is now focused on the use of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) containing perfluorinated compounds such as perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS) on all U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and by major airports, refineries, and other areas where potentially catastrophic fuel fires can occur. Fighting Shipboard Fires Fires aboard naval vessels have always been a matter of…

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TC Blast

July 3, 2019

In case you have missed it, here are some marine industry related newsbits from Transport Canada and related regulators: TP 13617 – Ballast Water Regulations Please note that TP 13617 for the new proposed Ballast Water Regulations can be accessed on the following website. Navigation Safety Regulations, 2019 Please note that the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2019 have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-06-15/html/reg8-eng.html). The 90-day comment period…

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Canada Labour Code stakeholder feedback sought

July 3, 2019

I am writing to invite you to share your views on the development of regulations for recent amendments to Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code (Code). These amendments, introduced in Bill C-86 – the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, aim to modernize the Code by improving protections for employees, particularly those in precarious work, while supporting productive workplaces. Once in force, they will: ·         make it easier…

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IMO2020 guidance from SSA

July 3, 2019

Document aims to augment Singapore shipping industry’s readiness to meet IMO’s 2020 cap on sulphur oxides emissions from ships The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)—the industry voice of Singapore’s maritime community—today issued the “IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 Readiness Plan” for Singapore’s shipping community. The document provides an overview of the key requirements of the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, outlines the major preparatory milestones in the lead up to January 2020,…

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