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  • Oceans HQ partners Gibraltar Ship Registry on STCW requirements

    London, 19 May 2015 - Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer certification data which come into force in 2017.

  • The Lack of International Training for Registrars

    Due to globalisation, shipping continues to play a vital role in the world economy and the maritime industry is now a huge industry. There are in the region of 50,000 merchant ships operating throughout the world comprising of a variety of ship types such as bulk carriers, tankers, container ships, and general cargo vessels, multi-purpose ships, car carriers, roll on-roll off vessels, gas carriers, cruise ships, offshore service vessels and many more.

  • IMO Recognition of Electronic Certificates

    The FAL Convention entered into force way back in March 1967. One of its purposes was to help streamline and reduce the amount of paper work that existed in the Maritime industry. Since then however, more and more regulations and Conventions have come into force in the maritime industry which have caused an increase in the amount of paper work and reporting requirements. For the 115 flag states signed up to this Convention this has meant that the past decades have seen an ever increasing burden in the amount of paper work and certificates that are required to be issued.

  • Difficulties faced with manually keeping CSRs accurate and up-to-date

    The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) provides for international standards to ensure the safety of shipping. As of 1st July 2004 all ships needing to comply with SOLAS, (passenger ships and cargo ships of 500 GT and above engaged on international voyages) must be issued and retain on-board ship a Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR).

  • Ship Registry: Exceptional Quality of Service leads to Growth

    With more than 110 ship registries in operation, the question of which flag under which to register a ship may be one that a new or inexperienced ship owner may ask. A great many ship owners now choose to register their ships in a country other than their own.

  • The Athens Convention & 2002 Protocol now in force

    It is almost a year since The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974 and the Protocol of 2002 to the Convention came into force.

  • Vessel HQ Awarded Place upon UK Government's G-Cloud 6 Framework

    Oceans HQ Ltd, provider of the maritime & flag state platform 'Vessel HQ' is delighted to announce the award of a place as a supplier on the UK Government's G-Cloud 6 Framework. This means that the Vessel HQ ship registry and flag state maritime platform can be purchased by public sector agencies through the government's Digital Marketplace, an online store where suppliers offer their services to the public sector via the G-Cloud framework.

  • Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007

    Today we’re announcing general availability for certificate generation related to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007. Registries are now able to generate Removal of Wrecks certificates from a vessel's detail page without any further configuration.


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