A ship at the high seas.PHOTO/IMOBy PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keA new warning that bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship, potentially causing the vessel to capsize, has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with around 100...
On September 8, 2017, the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM) entered into force. BWM is a global treaty focusing on better management of invasive aquatic species and healthier marine ecosystems. PHOTO/UNBy PATRICK MAYOYO newsdesk@reporter.co.keA key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic...
A new crane being off-loaded from a ship at Mombasa port. PHOTO/KPABY KURIAN MUSAnewsdesk@reporter.co.keKenya Ports Authority’s (KPA) has enhanced cargo handling capacity and efficiency at Mombasa port after acquiring two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes.Two additional cranes and six Eco Hoppers will be procured by December 2017 as part of...
International Maritime Organization, secretary general Mr Kitack Lim. PHOTO/IMOBy PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keA new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation.The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations...
https://youtu.be/o8eSzDS1QKsBy PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keTwo members of the Houston Pilots in the United States are to receive the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.The pair will be recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames after...
Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, hands over the instrument of ratification of the 2010 HNS Protocol to IMO Secretary-General, Mr  Kitack Lim. PHOTO/IMOBy PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keNorway has become the first country to become a Contracting State to a key compensation treaty covering the transport...
A seafarer at work. PHOTO | COURTESY |IMOBy PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keIMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force  (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death...
A lady swims in the open sea. Photo courtesy of Pexels.By PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keGovernments at the recent meeting of Parties which regulate the dumping of wastes at sea have called for more action to address marine litter in the oceans, particularly plastics and microplastics, which present a severe and long...
A crane discharging locomotives from a ship at Mombasa port. File photo.By PATRICK MAYOYO and Xinhuanewsdesk@reporter.co.keKenya's new maritime insurance law will save the country 250 million U.S. dollars annually, the insurance regulator has said.Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) CEO Sammy Makove told a media briefing in Nairobi that the law...
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Secretary-General, Kitack Lim.By PATRICK MAYOYOnewsdesk@reporter.co.keThe International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) has endorsed draft interim recommendations for carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk.The interim recommendations for carriage of liquefied hydrogen in bulk are expected to be submitted to the...