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.
From June 1, 2017, Malaysia decided to loose the restrictions in cabotage policy in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. However, this situation should be reconsider the Malaysia Shipowners’ Association said, noting that it did not reduce the price of goods, and is damaging local shippers.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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