The US government is trying to delay the implementation date of the upcoming sulphur cap regulation, which mandates that ships should run on environmentally cleaner fuels. President Trump is worried that this regulation will increase the costs of fuels for consumers and businesses.
At SAFETY4SEA Conference, Mr. George A. Gaitas, Managing Partner, Gaitas, Kennedy & Chalos, P.C discussed about what traders in the US may encounter with respect to the ODME bypass criminal prosecutions. Mr. Gaitas predicted it is likely to be a significant change in the enforcement of MARPOL Annex I in US.
Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots.
On Monday 5 November, the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport will discuss the European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) Regulation, to reduce the amount of time that ships spend on reporting procedures. The Port of Rotterdam welcomes this development, as it thinks that data harmonization is of great importance.
Myanmar officials are being trained on how to develop a National Maritime Transport Policy, in Yangon, Myanmar, from 17 to 19 of October. IMO promotes this concept as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and legislation in the maritime sector.
Citing information from Argentinian P&I correspondents, Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L., the Swedish Club informed of new forms issued by the local custom authorities aimed at providing more certainty as to what items need to be declared upon arrival.
Under SOLAS Chapter IV, some vessels are required to have ‘Ship Radio Stations’, which are to be licensed and the vessels must carry certain related documents and publications. The Republic of Marshall Islands updated the requirements of documentation regarding Ship Radio Stations for its vessels.
The European Commission has approved the extension of the current Danish tonnage tax scheme to additional types of vessels. This aims to encourage ship registration in Europe and contribute to the global competitiveness of the sector without distorting competition.
The ILO estimated in 1999 that 24,000 people die every year in the fishing sector, an amount 10 times more than merchant ships. However, fishing vessels are excluded from almost all international maritime regulations. The 2012 Cape Town Agreement wants to stop that and outlines fishing vessel standards.
Only months after the introduction of animal welfare standards onboard, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirmed that, as of 1 November, stocking density reductions for sheep would be relaxed by 37.5% from the restrictions put in place in July this year.
- Women in shipping
BW LNG announces first woman Captain onboard LNG carrier19/10/2018
Port of Savannah's container trade up by 12%19/10/2018
GHG emissions in US reduced by 2.7%19/10/2018
Port of Vancouver announces end of cruise season19/10/2018
IEA: Energy efficiency policies can reduce GHG emissions by 40%19/10/2018
US focuses on offshore wind with three key projects19/10/2018
UK launches new offshore licensing round for Greater Buchan area19/10/2018
EIA: US manufacturers’ ability to switch fuels decline19/10/2018
- Ship Recycling
Pakistan bans shipbreaking activities in Gadani shipbreaking yard19/10/2018
Italy proposes tax ease for sustainable shipping companies19/10/2018