MASA International Activities 2015

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68th Session was held on 15th May 2015 where MASA Vice President, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Amin represented MASA.

Below is the Meeting Summary for the aforementioned session:

• MARPOL Annex I amendments relating to oil residues adopted

• Extension of Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait PSSA adopted

• Ballast water management status and technologies reviewed

• Further development of energy-efficiency guidelines for ships

• EEDI review work to continue

• GHG reduction target for international shipping considered

• Revised air pollution guidance and requirements agreed

• Fuel oil availability review to be initiated this year

• Fuel oil quality correspondence group re-established

• Black carbon definition agreed

• Ship recycling convention – IHM Guidelines adopted

• Oil spill response guidance approved

IMO Maritime Security Committee (MSC) 95th Session was held on 12th June 2015. Mr. Hazrin Hassan represented MASA for the session.

Below is the summary of the session:

• IGF Code adopted

• Venting amendments adopted

• IMSBC Code amendments adopted, guidance approved

• Unsafe mixed migration by sea

• Passenger ship safety – draft SOLAS amendments on evacuation analysis approved

• Cyber security matters referred to MSC 96 and FAL 40

• Circular on definition of “high risk” piracy area agreed

• Ship-routing measures adopted

• Approval of amendments for future adoption

• Goal-based standards – work plan for further work on GBS-SLA agreed

• Guidelines and circulars approved

• The MSC approved a number of circulars giving guidance and guidelines

• Carrying industrial personnel – standards to be developed

• Standards for new onboard lifting appliances and winches to be developed

• IUU fishing – joint working group to meet in November

29th IMO General Assembly

The 29th Assembly of IMO was held in London at IMO Headquarters from 23 November to 2 December 2015. All 171 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2016-2017 biennium:

Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.

Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden.

Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:

Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.

Malaysia Shipping Master Plan: Revitalizing Shipping Industry

On 23rd March 2015 Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) has hosted the National Shipping Conference 2015: Revitalizing Malaysian Shipping for a Stronger Economy which was held at Istana Hotel.

The Conference was officiated by Yang Berhormat Datuk Sri Ab Aziz Kaprawi, Deputy Minister of Transport, who also delivered a speech on behalf of the Minister of Transport.

The Conference addresses key strategies and policies needed to increase the competitiveness of Malaysian shipping while addressing the problem of decreasing Malaysian tonnage. Ultimately, the presentation focuses on the need of a shipping master plan.

Named the Malaysian Shipping Master Plan, it encompasses the components needed for Malaysian Shipping to not only thrive, but to flourish in the global, regional and domestic markets.

The presentation stresses the importance of close coordination between the government and the industry, the fiscal measures and incentives needed to enable the industry to weather the storm and head towards recovery and lastly towards a developed maritime nation.

MASA Chairman, Mr. Ir. Nordin Mat Yusoff spearheaded the conference by presenting the need for a plan in order to reinvigorate the shipping industry. As someone of virtue once said “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. MASA Exco Member, Capt. Noel John Thompson presented the draft of MSMP made by MASA. He brilliantly addresses the key sectors that can be turned around by implementing simple yet effective “quick win” plans should the authority were to take up.

There were 6 presentations during that day. The titles and the presenter is as follows:

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  1. Opportunities Lost – The need for a shipping master plan by Datuk Ir. Nordin b Mat Yusoff
  2. A Malaysian Shipping Master Plan by Capt Noel John Thompson
  3. Regulatory and Legislation Framework of Malaysian Ship Registration by YBhg Dato Hj Baharin b Dato Abdul Hamid
  4. Fiscal and Financial Incentives – Revitalizing Malaysian Shipping Industry by Dr Ervina Alfan
  5. Coordinated Approach to Develop Workforce Capability Across the Industry through Maritime Skills-based Education and Training by Capt Razali b Yaacob
  6. A Malaysian Shipping Master Plan – Making it a reality by En Mohd Saiful Redzuan b Jamil

The roadmap is already planned by MIMA to make the MSMP a reality. There will be a series of workshops to address the challenges and come up with a viable strategy concerning each and every sector in the maritime transport industry, including ancillary services concerning shipping as well.