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Cyber security risk management: US Coast Guard (USCG) guidance

Members operating in US waters will wish to be aware of the guidance published by the USCG, on measures that it  is proposing are applied to the marine sector for cyber security risk management. The information contained in  this information note is sourced from the USCG’s Blog for Maritime Professionals

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| Information Note number 1332 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 13/16



US National Maritime Security Advisory Committee vacancies

This information note is for the benefit of IMCA’s US members and concerns a message from the US Coast Guard which seeks applications from candidates to become members of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. A notification has been placed on the ‘Coast Guard Maritime Commons’ web page and has

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| Information Note number 1327 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 11/16, IMCA M 15/16

Application to designate the North Sea and English Channel and the Baltic Sea ECAs as ECA NOₓ

Applications have been submitted to the next meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) to extend the scope of the North Sea & English Channel and the Baltic Sea Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) to ECA NOₓ. If approved, any new ships constructed on or after

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| Information Note number 1324 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 08/16, IMCA M 12/16

Revalidating STCW certificates: New requirements for seafarers

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (STCW Convention) and Code, as amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments, provide new requirements for all seafarers. The transitional period for these amendments comes to an end on 1 January 2017. Seafarers revalidating their STCW certificates will

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| Information Note number 1325 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 09/16, IMCA M 13/16



IMO Ballast Water Management Convention: Update on entry into force

Members will recall that there were reports at the end of 2015 that the tonnage criteria for the BWM convention had been reached, and that the 12 month countdown to entry into force had started. IMO has been rechecking the tonnage figures and has now confirmed that the tonnage threshold

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| Information Note number 1293 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 02/16, IMCA M 02/16

Marine cybersecurity update

This aim of this information note is to update members’ awareness of maritime security matters which have been recently published or made known to the industry. 1 Network and Information Security – EU Legislation The EU proposes under the 2013 EU Cybersecurity Strategy, to establish the Network and Information Services

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| Information Note number 1295 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 03/16

Recent release of Guidelines on cyber security onboard ships

Members will wish to be aware that new guidelines for cyber security measures onboard ships have been published by BIMCO in a document supported by Cruise Lines International Association, the International Chamber of Shipping, the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners.  The

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| Information Note number 1291 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 01/16, IMCA M 01/16

IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

Members may have seen reports that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force world-wide on 24 November 2016.  However, this has not yet been confirmed by IMO, because the ratification figures are still being checked.  The Convention will enter into force 12 months after

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| Information Note number 1284 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 07/15, IMCA M 10/15

Revised UK Offshore Regulations

Changes to the UK offshore regulations are due to take effect on 19 July 2015.  The changes are being made to take account of the requirements of the new EU Directive on the Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations (Directive 2013/30/EU).  The EU Directive is aimed at reducing major

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| Information Note number 1278 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 06/15


Recent release of BS EN 12021:2014 Respiratory Equipment – Compressed Gases for Breathing Apparatus

The finalised version of the British and European Standard BS EN 12021:2014 – Respiratory equipment – Compressed gases for breathing apparatus – was released in late 2014.  As well as its obvious application to diving breathing gas, the new BS EN 12021, which has superseded BS EN 12021:1999, is also

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| Information Note number 1271 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 03/15, IMCA D 07/15, IMCA M 05/15

HSE competency management guidelines for the geophysical industry

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) has published a revised version of its HSE competency management guidelines for the geophysical industry. This revised report is intended as the geophysical industry base reference for HSE competency management and training. It has been updated significantly to provide guidance to all

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| Information Note number 1255 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 02/15, IMCA C 02/15, IMCA S 02/15

E-guide for managing stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched an e-guide for managing stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace. As part of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its e-guide on managing stress and

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| Information Note number 1247 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 15/14



Update on the use of armed guards in Nigerian waters

This information note is to make members aware that the use of agent or private security company supplied armed guards onboard vessels in Nigerian waters may be considered by Nigerian Navy authorities to be in breach of regulations. This could result in legal action including detention of personnel found to

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| Information Note number 1233 | Original reference(s) IMCA SEL 09/14, IMCA M 09/14

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