Refers to: Owners/Operators/Managers, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: January 21st, 2020 

The purpose of subject newsletter is to inform all interested parties that PHRS is now authorized by the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE),

in order to perform surveys and issue statutory certificates for all vessels flying the Belizean Flag.

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This recognition is added to our list of authorizations, highlighting our Organization's developmental course over the last years, making PHRS stand out as one of the leading non IACS Classification Societies globally

and thus allowing our Society to continue striving for high quality services, for the safety of the marine environment and the protection of human life at sea.

 Do not hesitate to contact us for more information you may need on the above.
 

February 18th, 2020 - PHRS Head Office

Refers to: Owners/Operators/Managers, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: January 6th, 2020 

The purpose of subject newsletter is to inform all interested parties that  PHOENIX REGISTER OF SHIPPING S.A. is now authorized by St Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry,

in order to perform surveys and issue statutory certificates for all vessels flying the St. Kitts & Nevis Flag.



This recognition is added to our list of authorizations, highlighting our Organization's developmental course over the last years, making PHRS stand out as one of the leading non IACS Classification Societies globally and thus allowing our Society to continue striving for high quality services, for the safety of the marine environment and the protection of human life at sea.


 Do not hesitate to contact us for more information you may need on the above.
 

February 14th, 2020 - PHRS Head Office

Την Δευτέρα 03/02/2020 πραγματοποιήθηκε στον Ναυτικό Όμιλο Ελλάδος, η κοπή της πρωτοχρονιάτικης πίτας του Οργανισμού  παρουσία φίλων, συνεργατών και διακεκριμένων προσωπικοτήτων και στελεχών του ναυτιλιακού και τουριστικού τομέα. Στον σύντομο χαιρετισμό του,  ο Πρόεδρος και Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος του Οργανισμού, κ. Αρβανιτάκης, καλωσόρισε τους παρευρισκομένους που τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους την εκδήλωση, ευχήθηκε σε όλους καλή και δημιουργική χρονιά, ενώ αναφέρθηκε και στον ιδιαίτερο συμβολισμό του νέου έτους καθώς συμπίπτει με τον εορτασμό των 20 χρόνων από την ίδρυση του Οργανισμού. Κλείνοντας τον χαιρετισμό του, ο Πρόεδρος έκανε ιδιαίτερη μνεία στην ιστορική διάκριση του Φοίνικα να αποτελέσει τον πρώτο αμιγώς ελληνικό νηογνώμονα, ο οποίος το 2018 εισήλθε στην κατηγορία High Performance στην αξιολόγηση των Αναγνωρισμένων Οργανισμών από το μνημόνιο των Παρισίων (Paris MoU),ανάμεσα σε άλλους νηογνώμονες μέλη του IACS.

Σύντομο χαιρετισμό απηύθυνε και η κυρία Άντζελα Γκερέκου, πρόεδρος του Ελληνικού Οργανισμού Τουρισμού (ΕΟΤ), πραγματοποιώντας ειδική αναφορά στην ιδιαίτερη σημασία που κατέχει ο θαλάσσιος τουρισμός και το yachting στην χώρα μας υπογραμμίζοντας πως σε συνεργασία με το Υπουργείο Ναυτιλίας και το Υπουργείου Τουρισμού, θα ληφθεί ειδική μεριμνά με σκοπό να επιλυθούν το συντομότερο δυνατόν τα ζητήματα που απασχολούν τον χώρο και πιο συγκεκριμένα το θέμα των μαρινών ανά την Ελλάδα, κάτι που απασχολεί κατά κύριο λόγο όλους τους επαγγελματίες του κλάδου., καθώς όπως χαρακτηριστικά ανέφερε η Πρόεδρος, δεν νοείται θαλάσσιος τουρισμός χωρίς μαρίνες σε μια χώρα θαλασσινή όπως είναι η Ελλάδα. Κλείνοντας, η κυρία Γκερέκου, υπογράμμισε την αναγκαιότητα της σωστής επιθεώρησης και πιστοποίησης των πλοίων και σκαφών στο σύνολο τους αλλά και ειδικότερα όσων εμπλέκονται στην τουριστική βιομηχανία, ούτως ώστε να διασφαλίζεται η ασφάλεια όλων των επιβαινόντων,  αλλά  ιδιαίτερα τόνισε την αναγκαιότητα των πιστοποιήσεων με ακόμα πιο φιλικά κριτήρια για το περιβάλλον ,για την βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη και για την προστασία των θαλασσών της χώρας μας.

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Στην συνέχεια της βραδιάς, συνεχάρη τον Οργανισμό για το έργο που έχει επιτελέσει και συνεχίζει να επιτελεί στην 20ετη πορεία του συνεχίζοντας το αέναο έργο για καθαρές και ασφαλείς θάλασσες.

Την εκδήλωση τίμησαν, μεταξύ άλλων, με την παρουσία τους η κυρία Μαρία Μιχαλοπούλου Αντιδήμαρχος Πόλης του Δήμου Παλαιού Φαλήρου, η κυρία Δήμητρα Νάνου Αντιπεριφερειάρχης Π.Ε Νοτίου Τομέα Αθηνών, ο κύριος Αντώνης Στελλιάτος, πρόεδρος της ΕΠΕΣΤ (Ένωση Πλοιοκτητών Ελληνικών Σκαφών Τουρισμού), η κυρία Δαμίγου Γ.Γ του συλλόγου ΠΕΝΕΤΗΣ (Πανελλήνια Ένωση Ημερόπλοων Σκαφών), o κύριος Παππάς, Πρόεδρος του ΣΔΝΜΕ (Συλλόγου Διπλωματούχων Ναυπηγών Μηχανικών Ελλάδος) και ο κύριος Γρηγορόπουλος, Γ.Γ του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Ναυτικής Τεχνολογίας (ΕΛ.Ι.Ν.Τ) και καθηγητής της Σχολής Ναυπηγών Μηχανολόγων Μηχανικών του Εθνικού Μετσόβιου Πολυτεχνείου, ο κύριος Βοζίκης, Εκτελεστικός Δ/ντής Ένωσης Εφοπλιστών Ναυτιλίας Μικρών Αποστάσεων (Ε.Ε.Ν.Μ.Α), ο κύριος Μαντζαφός, Πρόεδρος του Δ.Σ του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Ναυτικής Τεχνολογίας (ΕΛ.Ι.Ν.Τ) και ο κύριος Φιριππής, Πρόεδρος του Σωματείου Ναυτικών Πρακτόρων Αττικής- Πειραιώς ( ΣΩ.Ν.Π.Α.Π.).

Refers to: Owners/Operators/Managers of Panamanian flagged vessels, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: Immediate

 The purpose of subject newsletter is to provide all vessels owners/operators and local interested parties an update of the situation on the outbreak of the novel corona virus2019-nCoV as per Merchant Marine Notice 02/2020, which can be found here.


Through the Novel Corona virus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report, the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. It is still possible to interrupt the virus spread, with the proper implementation of measures to control this outbreak. That is why Panama Maritime Authority recommends monitoring the situation by continuously consulting advisors and situation reports issued by the WHO.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) based on the recommendations developed by the WHO, on the precautions to be taken to minimize the risk crews, seafarers, passengers and other persons on board ships from the novel corona virus, has issued circular letters providing information and guidance. The latest IMO Circular Letter No. 4204, provides the WHO advises, reminding people of the basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infection and urge all interested parties (companies, ship managers, crewing agents, shipping agencies, etc.) to publish the information and ensure that crews, seafarers, passengers and others on board ships are provided with accurate and relevant information on the corona virus outbreak and on the measures to reduce the risk of exposure if they are likely to be engaged on ships trading to and from ports in corona virus affected areas.

In view of the above mentioned, the Panama Maritime Authority recommends to implement the following measures on board ships:


1. Seafarers calling at China ports are advised to wear masks and take precautionary measures to avoid getting infected with a new corona virus and prevent its potential spreading.

2. When entering China ports, seafarers are expected to remain on board their ships and disembark their vessels only when it is absolutely necessary.

3. In case of any suspected case of corona virus is found on board, the ship it should reported to the local authorities and owners immediately and arranges to seek professional medical assistance from ashore for the affected crew member/s as early as possible.

4. At the same time, proper prevention and separation measures should be taken to avoid contact with other crew members to reduce the possibility of any virus being spread.

5. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing on board or ashore.

6. Strictly enforce the ISPS requirements on ensuring that unauthorized personnel do not board the ship throughout the ships port calls.

7. Frequent hand washing.

8. Shipping agencies in Panama, must inform the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and Harbor Master (captaincy of ports) if any crew member or passenger is reported with any of the symptoms of the corona virus and must coordinate with local health authorities.

9. In the event that the operating company has coordinated an inspection or audit in the affected ports of China and if it cannot be carried out by prevention measures, for that reason, it may request an authorization from this Administration to postpone it to the next port.

We recommend monitoring the situation by consulting web pages maintained by the WHO, which can be found here and other public health authorities and evaluate the risks present in the next port of call.



 Do not hesitate to contact us for any clarifications you may need on the above.

 

February 14th, 2020 - PHRS Head Office

Refers to: Owners/Operators/Managers, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: September 1st, 2019 

 

The purpose of subject newsletter is to inform all interested parties about the conduction of a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) jointly with the Tokyo MoU.

This year’ Concentrated Inspection Campaign shall focus on Emergency Systems and Procedures.

The main objectives of this CIC are to ensure that:

•           Ships are capable of responding appropriately and promptly to emergency situations in order to preserve human lives, protect the marine environment and minimize damages to ships;

•           Necessary measures are taken by responsible stakeholders, such as shipping companies and ship managers having a direct influence on the safety of ships and by raising their awareness of the importance of ship emergency systems;

•           Emergency systems installed on board can be properly operated and effectively managed in any emergency situations; and

•           Master and crew of the ship understand their assigned roles and duties in case of emergency and enhance their familiarity with the situations so that they can act immediately when circumstances arise.

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This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2019 and ending 30 November 2019. A ship will be subject to one inspection under this CIC during the period of the campaign.

During this time, Port State Control (PSC) Officers shall use a standard questionnaire of 11 questions, which can be found here.

If deficiencies are found, action by the port state can vary from recording the deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detention until serious deficiencies have been rectified.

PHRS will launch a similar Concentrated Inspection Campaign throughout its classed ships during any survey/audit to be carried out between 30 August ~ 30 November 2019 in order to ensure that the ships will be better prepared for the CIC.

Ship-owners and managers are advised to circulate this information to their ships and to ensure the crew members are ready to meet the requirements of the CIC.

Please click here for the relevant PHRS questionnaire. 

Please click here for the relevant Press Release of Paris MoU for more details.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any clarifications you may need on the above.



August 23rd, 2019 - PHRS Head Office

PHOENIX REGISTER OF SHIPPING S.A. will participate to the upcoming East Med Maritime Conference which will take place on June 19-20 2019 at Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand.

The East Med Maritime Conference - EMMC2019 is organized under the patronage of the President of Council of Ministers of Lebanon and the Lebanese Directorate General of Land and Maritime Transport with a wide list of topics ranging from Maritime Transport and Logistics Sector in the Eastern Mediterranean region to Oil and Gas Wealth in the Eastern Mediterranean and Human Resources Competencies Development in Shipping, Logistics and Offshore Industries.

 

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During the 2-day conference, the participants will discuss the latest developments in the shipping, maritime, and offshore industries, and provide a premier interdisciplinary forum to the maritime training professionals and community to present the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, present/future challenges and recommended solutions.

 

In order to register, please click here.

 

 

Refers to: Owners and Operators of Panamanian flagged vessels, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: Immediate

With regards to PHRS NL192/17 (which can be found here) regarding the instructions and procedures on the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) from Panama Maritime Authority, recently PMA has updated the pertinent instructions and procedures on the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS)

According to MMC-133,

  • Company Security Officers (CSOs) of vessels under Panama flag, must apply to PMA for the revalidation of their information through the online application (http://certificates.amp.gob.pa/certificates). Once this is done, the CSOs will receive an email from info@panama-ssas.com with their credentials and the instructions for Annual SSAS testing. 

 

  • All the Companies must include the following e-mail addresses as recipient’s address of the SSAS alerts / tests, on board the Panamanian Flagged vessels: 
  1. threat@amp.gob.pa  , and / or
  2. authorizations@segumar.com

 

  • In those cases that the SSAS terminal has not been configured with the main email address threat@amp.gob.pa, PMA has granted a period until August 31th, 2019 to make all the necessary arrangement to configure the SSAS terminal. 
  • All applicant ships under Panama flag, they must schedule an annual SSAS test with PMA through the use of the SSAS platform https://polestarglobal.force.com/SSAS/login.  In order to comply with this requirement, the SSAS terminal has been configured with the main email address threat@amp.gob.pathe company operator shall request access to the PMA’ SSAS platform by email to the e-mail address: info@panama-ssas.com, and should submit copy of the last Declaration of Company Security Officer (CSO) endorsed by this Administration in order to receive an email from info@panama-ssas.com, with their access credentials and instructions for using the platform and be able to schedule the FIRST annual SSAS TEST. 
  • Only one annual SSAS TEST is mandatory and must be scheduled through the SSAS platform in the following link: https://polestarglobal.force.com/SSAS/login , in a period no longer than twelve (12) calendar months and can be scheduled 24 hours in advance.  

After the SSAS TEST is made, a confirmation message shall be sent from PMA through the SSAS platform. This confirmation message must be retained on board the ship as evidence during the ISPS verification, which must be verified by their RSO during the INITIAL ISSC verification. 

PHRS Security Auditors are instructed to verify the compliance with the Flag requirement at the Initial ISSC Audits. 

With respect to vessels passing in High Risk Areas (HRS):
 

  • PMA recommends that all Panamanian Flagged vessels with or without armed or unarmed security personnel, and that prior to the entry into the High Risk Area (HRA), the crew should be fully briefed on the preparations and a piracy drill shall be conducted as well.
  • The security drill should be reviewed and all personnel briefed on their duties, including familiarization with the alarm using to identify a piracy attack.
  • These drills must to schedule through the SSAS platform in following link: https://polestarglobal.force.com/SSAS/login, indicating that it is a “Piracy Drill” or “SSAS Test”, at the same time the Panamanian Flagged vessels are requested to verify that the SSAS equipment have been correctly set-up and is working properly.
  • These measures should be taken to ensure that the security procedures are working properly along with the recommendations stated in the Best Management Practices BMP (last version) and the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) established in the Merchant Marine Circulars No. 208 and No.238.  

Please click here for the revised Merchant Marine Circular (MMC -133) regarding the updated regulation for the use of the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).

 
For any further information please feel free to contact PHRS Head Office or any other PHRS office near you.
  
May 27th, 2019 - PHRS Head Office

Refers to: Owners and Operators of vessels greater than 5.000 GT, engaged in commercial voyages in/out or between EU ports           

Action Date: 01/01/2018

According to the European Regulation (EU) 2015/757 for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide emissions for Shipping (EU-MRV), from 01/01/2018 on wards,  every ship equal to or larger than 5000 GT which has a commercial operation and calls to a European port, is obliged to monitor and report a series of relevant data on to its CO2 emissions.

The submission of the first emissions reports corresponding to the first reporting period (set to be from January 1 up to 31 December 2018) for ships subject to the EU MRV regulation has now come and their managing companies need to submitted them verification.

PHRS clients/ship-owners/managers of affected ships are urged to undertake the necessary actions as soon as possible and submit the emissions report for each ship for verification by accredited verifier (*) which will be subsequently submitted to the EC and to the ship's flag by the company before 30 April 2019. The regulation requires reports to be submitted directly to the THETIS-MRV system (https://mrv.emsa.europa.eu/#public/eumrv  ) operated by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Further guidance on the EU MRV can be obtained from:

  • PHRS NL 178/2017 | Further guidance regarding EU MRV compliance (which can be found here)
  • PHRS NL 167/2017 | Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) of the CO2 emissions from Maritime Transport (which can be found here)

         

*refer to PHRS NL 167/2017 - Phoenix Register of Shipping has entered into a framework agreement for cooperation with a leading verifier, namely EMICERT, which is fully accredited to the ISO 14065 standard with multinational experience, specialized in the Verification of GHG Emissions.


  
For any further information you are free to contact PHRS Head Office or any other PHRS office near you. 

March 7th, 2019 - PHRS Head Office


 

Refers to: Ship Owners / Managers/ Operators, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors             

Action Date: N/A

PHRS would like to recall ship-owners, managers and operators of the importance of availability of effective procedures and measures for Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry to safeguard seafarers on board ships when entering and working in enclosed spaces.

These procedures have to be incorporated into the company's SMS procedures according to the ISM Code.

Since 2016, SOLAS Regulation III / 19.3 as amended requires enclosed space entry and rescue drills to be carried out at least once every two months on board all Cargo & Passenger ships of 500 GT and above.

Enclosed space entry and rescue drills should be planned and conducted in accordance with the recommendations developed by IMO as per Resolution A.1050(27) which can be found here .

Crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill at least once every two months.

Each drill shall address the following important crew' familiarization functions:

  • Checking and use of personal protective equipment required by entry
  • Checking and use of communication equipment and procedures
  • Checking and use of instruments for measuring the atmosphere in enclosed spaces
  • Checking and use of rescue equipment and procedures
  • Instructions in first aid and resuscitation techniques.


Persons responsible for the implementation of Safety Management Systems, have to ensure that they contain a comprehensive program of familiarization training of the crew with the Procedure for Entry into Enclosed Space on board ships, and also that the procedures are implemented on board each ship for the scope of ensuring crew members are aware of their duties. Especially those on board with enclosed space duties, must be familiar with relevant equipment and trained accordingly in order to carry out their duties and identify and understand the hazards associated with entry into enclosed spaces.


In addition, Phoenix Register of Shipping requires the relevant procedures for entry into enclosed space to be thoroughly implemented  on surveys of enclosed spaces to be carried out by PHRS Surveyors.


For any further information you are free to contact PHRS Head Office or any other PHRS office near you.

February 15th, 2019 - PHRS Head Office

 

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 Την Τετάρτη 13/02/2019 διοργανώθηκε από τον Φοίνιξ Νηογνώμων,  στο Εμπορικό Επιμελητήριο Λασιθίου, ανοιχτή ενημερωτική ημερίδα,  με θέμα τα τουριστικά σκάφη αναψυχής, το θεσμικό πλαίσιο που διέπει την λειτουργία τους καθώς και θέματα της επικαιρότητας που σχετίζονται με αυτά.

 

Την ημερίδα τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους εκπρόσωποι των τοπικών αρχών, πλοιοκτήτες και επαγγελματίες του κλάδου των τουριστικών σκαφών αναψυχής. Την εκδήλωση συντόνισε η ναυπηγός- μηχανικός Κ. Μαρία Ατσαλή, αντιπρόσωπος του Οργανισμού στον Άγιο Νικόλαο. Τα θέματα που συζητήθηκαν κρίθηκαν ιδιαιτέρως  ενδιαφέροντα για όλους τους παρευρισκομένους, δεδομένου του  ότι η έναρξη της τουριστικής περιόδου πλησιάζει.

 

Ενδεικτικά, έγινε αναφορά στην νομοθεσία που διέπει την λειτουργία των τουριστικών σκαφών αναψυχής σε συνδυασμό με το νέο νομικό πλαίσιο, έτσι όπως αυτό έχει διαμορφωθεί με τον νόμο 4504/2017, σε θέματα που άπτονται της επιθεώρησης και πιστοποίησης των τουριστικών σκαφών αναψυχής ενώ ταυτοχρόνως οι συμμετέχοντες είχαν την ευκαιρία να θέσουν τις ερωτήσεις τους για όλα τα ζητήματα που απασχολούν τον κλάδο.

 

Μέσα από την επιτυχημένη εκδήλωση, το κοινό είχε την ευκαιρία να γνωρίσει καλύτερα τον Οργανισμό και τους ανθρώπους του και να ενημερωθεί για τους ποιοτικούς στόχους του Οργανισμού και την μέχρι τώρα μακρόχρονη πορεία του, τόσο στην ελληνική όσο και στην παγκόσμια αγορά.