The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance announced the release of the US Port State Control Annual Report for 2019, presenting its key findings for the year that passed.
The USCG issued guidance regarding the difficulties the international shipping and transportation industry is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. While acknowledging the need for protecting the health and safety of shoreside and seafarers, USCG also note that it is essential to keep supply chains open, further noting the difficulties shipowners are facing to arrange vessel surveys and issue related certificates.
Paris MoU has developed temporary guidance for its Member Authorities during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance recognises that there is a need to apply flexibility under these special circumstances.
The Indian Ocean MoU authorities have agreed to adopt pragmatic guidance, understanding necessity to deal with crucial circumstances amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance focuses on challenges related to MLC Convention (2006) and to relevant IMO Conventions.
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a marine information notice which sets out the policy of the MCA with respect to UK Vessels which are prevented from arranging the relevant Surveys, Inspections and Audits required for compliance with the relevant Statutory Instruments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) published the “Coast Guard Regulated Facility Compliance Program Manual” to consolidate overarching guidance, policy, and doctrine for Coast Guard personnel responsible for the administration and performance of the regulated facility compliance program.
Tokyo MoU revealed intentions to adopt specific guidance for dealing with the circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak which impedes, among others, the industry from meeting statutory requirements stipulated in Maritime Labour Convention 2006.
The USCG issued a Marine Safety Information bulletin concerning the impact of the EU ship recycling regulation on US flagged ships, to boost owners/operators of affected vessels to take early action to comply with the regulation.
In order to provide some clarity regarding Port State Control, EMSA published a Q&A answering the most frequent questions on the ban list and on the banning procedures.
As the implementation of the ban on the non-compliant fuel oil carriage is taking effect in March, the Indian Ocean MoU has been issuing a “letter of information” to vessels since September 2019, to make awareness in advance about the issue.
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