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Russia amends shipping code to allow open register

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law on amendments to the merchant shipping code to pave the way for the formation of a Russian open register of ships. The register is anticipated for registration of marine vessels owned by foreign individuals and legal entities.

Overview of cabotage rules in India

In a bid to improve domestic maritime competitiveness, India announced plans to relax its cabotage law, which has been a matter of discussion for many years. Under the present Merchant Shipping Act 1958, only Indian-flagged vessels or foreign-flagged vessels as licensed by DGS, can ply the coasting trade of India.

Vietnam to make stricter monitoring of imported waste

Recently, Vietnam’s import and sales volume of waste have increased significantly, as well as the risk of environment pollution. In fact, some enterprises used fraudulent means to regulate the import of waste, Vietnam said. For this reason, it issued a notice which further strengthens the monitoring and management of imported waste.

20 years ISM Code: Where do we stand

The ISM Code, part of the mandatory regulations in marine industry, goes back to the late ‘80s; which is therefore its impact to the maritime industry these twenty years?

UK MCA introduces Intended Pleasure Vessel code

UK MCA issued a Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels to be introduced on 1 January 2019 and to provide a framework for what is wanted by the Pleasure Vessel sector. Members of the boating community are urged to ‘have their say’ on the new Code, through a public consultation.

India to review ‘right of first refusal’ formula

The Indian Shipping Ministry is considering a compromise formula to review the right of first refusal which is given to local fleet owners for carrying export-import and oil and bulk cargo owned by companies that are state-run. India is the legislation, in order to bring Indian charterers on level terms with Indian ship owners

US proposes bill to improve transport infrastructure programs

US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster released a legislative discussion draft presenting his plan for US infrastructure, including water transportation programs. The draft includes provision for billions of federal investment and trillions for projects of national significance.

US approves bill to enhance maritime safety

The US House of Representatives approved the legislation to address maritime transportation safety issues raised by the El Faro sinking, promote the US Coast Guard’s awareness of technologies that could help improve Service mission performance, and reduce marine debris.

NZ changes rules for recreational boats after deadly yacht accident

On the aftermath of a fatal accident that killed two crew members of the yacht ‘Platino’ back in June 2016, Maritime NZ announced changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters.


Are the vessels’ crew members aware enough of the new requirements of STCW Convention?

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