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Posted: Oct 5, 2020

Category 3 BIRE Inspector Needed

Based in Amsterdam / Rotterdam / Antwerp region

AWP Marine Consultancy Ltd would be very interested to hear from existing OCIMF BIRE inspectors and/or EBIS inspectors based in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp region or candidates that meet the following requirements;

Location and Work Permit

Must be based in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Anterp region or able to locate to this area at their own cost and able to work in the EU without restriction


• Certificate of competency for Officers in charge of a navigation watch or as Master of a ship of less than 500 gross tonnage issued by recognised flag state, or

• Certificate of Competency as Second Engineer issued by recognised flag state, or

• Nationally recognised Barge Master licence, or

• Nationally recognised barge Chief Engineers license, or

• Extensive day-to-day experience in barge operations or barge terminal management.

Work Experience

• Must have served at least two years on the vessels of the type to be inspected, (*Note. Served means in this instance actual accumulated time on board and not calendar years), or

• Have undertaken suitable training to meet the agreed inspecting requirements for Category 3 vessels.

Category 3 Inspectors with previous seagoing experience shall hold, or have held a Certificate of Advanced training appropriate to the type of vessel to be inspected or a certificate issued by a local authority of equivalent standard.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate familiarity with, and knowledge of, International Regulations, National regulations as appropriate, codes and Conventions and Industry Guidelines, Procedures and Standards appropriate to the type of vessels being inspected.


Physically capable of conducting a full and complete inspection according to the requirement of the Barge Inspection Questionnaire: , and

• be capable of communicating proficiently in written and spoken English,

• be capable of communicating proficiently in the spoken language of the vessels’ personnel.

Category 3 Inspectors with previous seagoing experience shall hold or have held a Dangerous Cargo endorsement appropriate to the type of vessel to be inspected, or a certificate issued by a local authority of equivalent standard.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2020

MARPOL Electronic record books - option available from 1 October 2020

With the maritime industry getting more digital, from 1 October 2020, MARPOL will enable the use of electronic record books in lieu of hard copy record books. Electronic recording may benefit the retention of records by companies/ships and will reduce the administrative burden associated with paperwork.
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Posted: Aug 28, 2020

Reports of battery explosions on tankers

There have been a number of reports of battery explosions onboard vessels, with potential for human injury and fire. Shipbuilding consultant Narayana Prakash explains how they can happen and what to do to prevent them.

There have been numerous incidents of so-called “maintenance free” batteries catching fire and exploding on board ships.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2020

Proposed changes to IMO requirements on safe mooring

The IMO has drafted new proposals for requirements pertaining to mooring safety. These will apply to selection, arrangement, inspection, maintenance and replacement of mooring equipment, including lines. These addendum's are intended to improve mooring safety and are projected to be in place from 1 January 2024 somewhat behind MEG 4 implementation within the tanker industry however.
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Posted: Jul 28, 2020

MARPOL VI, Reg.22A - IMO List Of Ships Expected To Submit Fuel Report For 2020

The purpose of this Technical Alert is to remind operators of Bahamian registered ships of the requirement for timely submission of an annual fuel consumption report for each calendar year.

This Alert applies to all ships registered in the Bahamas to which Chapter 4 of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973, as amended (MARPOL Annex VI) applies, including ships that may have been registered
with or deregistered from the Bahamas flag during the current calendar year.
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