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Τι συμβαίνει με τα δίχτυα «φαντάσματα» και τη μόλυνση που προκαλούν στις ελληνικές θάλασσες;

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New IMO guidelines will help reduce accidents during Lifeboat drills


IMO has agreed new guidelines developed by shipowner organisations to tackle the problem of lifeboat accidents.

Proposals put forward by Intertanko and others to IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) should reduce the risks faced by seafarers during lifeboat drills. In fairly quick succession, MSC’s 97th meeting in November last year, followed by the fourth meeting of its Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) sub-committee in March and the 98th MSC meeting in June, considered and approved some important changes to IMO’s guidelines for conducting lifeboat drills.

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we have seen the important role of China for the dry bulk shipping as a major importer and exporter of dry bulk commodities. During the last couple years, the growth of the Chinese economy has become slower, however the Chinese Government has recently announced a massive development program which can revive the old-known “Silk Road” in an effort to strengthen the International trading relationships of China and boost her global position.


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DNV GL Launches PSC Planner App


Classification society DNV GL has launched a new application on its My DNV GL portal – the Port State Control (PSC) Planner. The PSC Planner has been designed to help ship owners, managers and operators increase their operational efficiency by giving them an overview of a vessel’s or fleet’s PSC performance and to benchmark that performance against the IACS classed world fleet. It also helps the crew on board by showing them particular areas to focus on when they are preparing for their next inspection.

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Understanding Steering Gear in Ships


We are all familiar with the use of a rudder, which helps in turning a ship as and when required. Rudders are the principal system for the entire motion and control of the ships. But we mustn’t forget that the entire rudder action is dependent on another pivotal system called the Steering Gear.

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