zoom BIMCO have announced plans to release a guidance series that will navigate shipowners through ballast water management implementation, in preparation for the impending ratification of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.BIMCO, Copenhagen is the oldest of the international shipping associations, comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including shipowners, managers, brokers and agents. The shipowner segment alone operates about 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet measured in deadweight tonnage. The association’s main objective is to facilitate the commercial operations of its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, education and training.The guidance series will commence with the publication of a practical ‘Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management’ written in association with Fathom, the information specialists on maritime efficiency. This vital industry resource will provide holistic practical guidance that will cover all facets of ballast water management compliance, in addition to outlining the systems available to the market with specific regard to the treatment technology and their type approval status.The release of the Guide follows the recent approval of the resolution for the Convention at the 28th session of the IMO Assembly and will serve to equip ship owners and operators with all the necessary information to navigate through ballast water management and approach regulatory demands with confidence.Captain Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, Senior Marine Technical Officer for BIMCO commented: “Among the major challenges for owners preparing for compliance, with the forthcoming Ballast Water Management requirements, is how to ensure a smooth transition to compliance and continued profitability in trade for their fleets – either by using alternative means of compliance or, in the main, by selecting adequate and compliant Ballast Water Management Systems suitable for the individual ships and trades. The Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management is without doubt a fully up-to-date and invaluable tool to aid owners in the search for unbiased and comprehensive information regarding the Ballast Water Management regulations and compliance.”Catherine McMillan, Director of Operations, Fathom commented: “Since the release of Fathom’s ‘Ballast Water Management: The Guide’ in 2011, the ballast water treatment technology market has evolved significantly. With the ratification of the Convention imminent, shipowners and operators are facing an entirely new set of challenges. With the significant investment required by owners in order to ensure compliance, it is more important than ever that concise and independently sourced information is available to owners and operators so they can steer through regulatory challenges with confidence”.The Guide will be published at a crucial time for the shipping industry, with the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention presumed to be very close. To date, countries representing just over 30% of the world’s tonnage have ratified the Convention and already reached the threshold for number of countries has already been reached. Just 4.83% is left to reach the tonnage threshold. This could be achieved by one major Flag State alone.The Step-by-Step Guide is just one element of a multi-platform information series designed to allow owners and operators to comprehensively address the uncertainties they have on ballast water management implementation.The release of the Guide will be followed by a webinar in January 2014 and a free shipowner summit that will take place 25-26 February 2014 in Hamburg. The summit has been developed to give shipowners the opportunity to discuss and understand the best strategies; solutions and issues concerning implementing ballast water solutions within their operations and adhering to compliance.Fathom, December 9, 2013
One woman’s struggle for her life in Iran and the efforts of another in Canada to help her will be explored Monday, June 4, in Halifax. The launch of The Tale of Two Nazanins, by activist and author Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay, is being presented by the Human Rights Commission and the Keshen Goodman Public Library to promote and raise awareness of the importance of human rights. Fifty per cent of Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay’s proceeds from book sales will go toward initiatives that address violence against women and children. The Tale of Two Nazanins is the story of two women who shared a name but led completely different lives. Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay is a Canadian human rights activist and recording artist, who was first runner-up for Miss World. Teen Nazanin Fatehi was facing execution in Iran as punishment for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. After an e-mail in 2006 brought the two Nazanins together, Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay worked desperately to save her. The Tale of Two Nazanins is their story. “Nothing can replace a true story, such as The Tale of Two Nazanins, to make us realize the effect the abuse of human rights can have on people,” said commission director and CEO David Shannon. “But at the same time nothing can have the impact of a true story to show us how tenacity and a strong will can overcome those abuses.” “Halifax Public Libraries is delighted to be partnering with the commission in presenting Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKay and her important work to our community,” said Heather MacKenzie, branch manager. “As a space for all people to have free access to information on ideas and issues impacting our world, the public library is a natural venue for this event. Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay’s bookwill also be an important addition to our library collection so anyone interested can become more informed about her work. We are honoured to welcome Nazanin to the library.” “Now that I call Nova Scotia home, I am thrilled to be able to share this story with the community that has been so supportive of my work, ” said Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay. “I am hoping that through this book more awareness will spread on the daily human rights injustices people face in Iran and I hope it will inspire others to get actively involved in issues they hold close to their heart.” Ms. Afshin-Jam MacKay will make a presentation and take questions. A reception will follow. The launch begins at 6 p.m. and the library is at 330 Lacewood Dr.