The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) held its 101st session from June 5 to 14, 2019. After its conclusion, ABS published a brief with an overview of the more important issues agreed at this session. Among others, these include fuel quality and safety, maritime autonomous surface ships, and the approval and adoption of various instruments.
New Zealand’s Cabinet has approved the mid-point review of the Oil Pollution Levy (OPL) to reflect updated risk and to ensure Maritime NZ can deliver on the current Marine Oil Spill Readiness and Response Strategy. The OPL funds New Zealand’s maritime oil pollution preparedness and response system.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, published the new Ballast Water Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 8, 2019. Created after extensive dialogue with industry, scientists, engineers and international partners, the proposed regulations aim to strengthen current rules and reduce the risks to Canada’s environment and economy related to aquatic invasive species.
On 11th June, Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will present a Bill to Parliament which would hold the Government accountable to reducing UK carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Ms. Reeves has also published a draft Statutory Instrument (SI) which would enable the Government to achieve the same result of setting the net-zero target in law but do so faster.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed legislation his administration introduced with the support of legislative advocates, authorizing the development of offshore wind in Connecticut. Now, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to begin the RFP process immediately.
The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) along with the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) of maritime employers call companies to be fully-compliant with the future changes of ‘Dockers Clause’, on the terms and conditions which will affect ships’ cargo handling operations in ports.
Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority commented on the ban of using the Nitrogen Approach Program, when granting permits, that it will affect potential customers and will have negative impacts on the agriculture, business climate in Port of Rotterdam and also on the development of the energy transition.
DNV GL, Classification society, launched its updated bulk cargo liquefaction guideline at the Nor-Shipping trade fair this week. The Guidelines were firstly published in October 2015; The revised Guidelines are based on feedback from readers and practical experiences that resulted in the past.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its guidelines on the ILO Maritime Labour Convention. The guidelines contain practical advice, information and key learnings from industry bodies at the heart of the shipping community.
IMO agreed to re-approach its listing process regarding the STCW Convention’s White List. As the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) informed, this development came as the drawing up of the list of countries for delisting from the STCW Convention ‘White List’ did not follow due process.
World Bank report calls for urgent action to tackle marine pollution in Caribbean20/06/2019
Norwegian PSA notes 12 irregularities on Equinor's platform20/06/2019
Finland publishes updated Water Traffic Act20/06/2019
Port of Southampton: Rail investment to improve air quality20/06/2019
Norwegian oil output for May less than forecast20/06/2019
Report presents the human cost of piracy20/06/2019
Greenpeace ends 12-days protest against BP20/06/2019
RMI: Precautions after tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman20/06/2019
Strait of Hormuz the most crucial oil transit chokepoint20/06/2019
Mi-Fi trial project provides internet access to seafarers20/06/2019