ICS is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap global implementation. The announcement comes by ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, after the IMO Intersessional Working Group meeting last week.
Hong Kong published the Air Pollution Control (Fuel for Vessels) Regulation, which requires all vessels to use compliant fuel within the waters of Hong Kong to reduce their emissions and improve air quality. If approved by the Council, the Regulation will take effect on 1 January 2019.
In a bid to respond to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community, the Republic of Liberia amended its maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As such, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters.
Passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. The Marine Safety Center in 2016 developed Plan Review Guideline SOLAS-29 “Overhanging Decks” to assist vessel owners and operators when using or installing awnings and similar coverings on open deck areas.
The Union of Greek Shipowners hailed the IMO Intersessional Working Group’s move to take into account several safety concerns linked to the transition to new low-sulphur fuels, especially blended fuels, ahead of the 0.5% global sulphur cap entering into force form 1 January 2020.
In line with continuous efforts to minimize pollution both on air and in the water, the Chinese government has issued amended Discharge Standard for Water Pollutants from Ships, which has become effective from 1 July 2018, according to Hatai Insurance Agency.
Amendments to the STCW Convention and the STCW Code set a new requirement for training and emergency familiarization of crewmembers on passenger ships, effective from 1st of July 2018. All personnel are required to have undergone relevant training before being assigned to shipboard duties.
A new requirement for the carriage of two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus of explosion proof or intrinsically safe type for firefighter’s communication is effective from July 1st, 2018 according to SOLAS regulation II-2/10.10.4 The purpose of these fire-fighter radios is to provide a dedicated means of communication between a team of fire fighters entering the space, and the crew member located outside the space who is assigned to control this team.
ESPO welcomes the proposals by the European Parliament on the review of the Waste Reception Facilities Directive. The proposals are aiming to better protect the marine environment and decrease the administrative burden for stakeholders. The Draft Report will be discussed on July 10.
On the occasion of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week, the British Ports Association has called for new legislation to introduce alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, replicating the rules that already exist for commercial ships in British waters.
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