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USCG issues PSC Guidance on COVID-19

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: Guidance regarding COVID-19 impact

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.

Indian Ocean MoU: Guidance for dealing with COVID-19

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. 

UK MCA: Survey and inspection amid COVID-19

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.

USCG publishes Regulated Facility Compliance Program manual

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 to adopt guidance for dealing with COVID-19 impact

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.

Indian Ocean MoU alerts on non-compliant fuel carriage ban

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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