Singapore has recently implemented the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (LLMC 1976). Therefore, effective from 29 December 2019, operators can expect increased limits of liability for maritime claims.
Dockers unions, shop stewards and legal advisors met in Rotterdam, forming a team of legal advisors ensuring that the Dockers’ Clause that entered into force in Europe and Canada on January 1, 2020 will be correctly implemented.
The Director General of Shipping in India issued an addendum on the regulation of banning single-use plastic in Indian waters, providing details concerning a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a maritime bulletin informing of the voluntarily “early” implementation of the revised IMSBC Code concerning all ships registered in the Bahamas Authority.
The year 2020 has been eagerly anticipated by the maritime industry for the switch to a low-sulphur fuel environment. However, from January 1st of 2020, there are other regulations that take effect as well apart from the IMO Sulphur cap.
The IMO Resolution MSC.462(101) – Amendments (05-19) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, concerning ships carrying solid bulk cargoes, will come into force on January 1, 2021. The Standard Club alerts that although the amendments will be implemented in 2021, some contracting governments may apply these amendments in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2020.
The US Customs and Border Protection announced that it will withdraw several previous letter ruling concerning the enforcement of the Jones Act, which may lead to “loopholes” with major implications for the US offshore industry, with the latter commenting that this decision allows foreign-flagged, non-Jones Act wind turbine installation vessels to operate in the expanding U.S. offshore wind industry.
Bureau Veritas focuses on SOLAS Chapter III amendments, which will be applied on January 1, 2020, including requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear.
It was on Thursday, December 5 when the Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, became international law.
At its 31st session, which took place on 25 November – 4 December 2019, the IMO Assembly adopted a resolution on Guidance on communication of information by Member States, to help improve information reporting.
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