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USCG: Few days left to schedule inspections under Subchapter M

USCG reminded owners and operators of towing vessels to ensure that 25% of their fleet has received a Certificate of Inspection before 22 July 2019, under Subchapter M. They must also schedule a vessel’s inspection before 22 April 2019 if the COI is expected to be received in the first year.

USCG: GMDSS master plan

In a circular issued on 4 March, IMO announced that all information related to shore-based facilities for the GMDSS communicated to the organization is available to all registered public account holders through the new GISIS module on the Master plan of shore-based facilities for the GMDSS.

Iceland, Ethiopia ratify MLC 2006

Iceland and Ethiopia have become the latest member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), which sets out minimum international working and living conditions for seafarers on board ships. The MLC will enter into force for the latest signatories in 2020, one year after its ratification. 

US Senator issues bill on cruise ships death

US Senator Deb Fischer introduced legislation to amend the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to provide a basis for compensation for the pain, suffering and other emotional losses suffered by the surviving family members killed at sea.

EU votes on improving recognition of seafarers maritime education and certification systems

The European Parliament voted on April 4 regarding the revision of Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The revision gives emphasis on the level of transparency that should prevail in processing demands for the recognition of seafarers’ certificates of new third countries. Such a recognition will now stop to be automatic, as the decision to launch this process will have to be taken by the Commission by means of an implementing decision and on grounds of several criteria.

Singapore: Updates on Fourth and Fifth schedules of Strategic Goods Regulations

The Singapore Customs has updated the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations. The changes affect the list of items needing mandatory transhipment and transit permits. The changes will apply from 1 May 2019. Exemptions will apply to the transhipment of any goods listed in Parts 1 and 2 of the Schedule to the SG Order, other than those specified in the Fourth Schedule, under certain circumstances.

Marshall Islands: Certification requirements for crew operating in Polar waters

According to the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Water (Polar Code), and further amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), Marshall Islands require deck officers on RMI-flagged vessels operating in Polar waters to be Polar certificated.

Malta: Annual return of shipping firms benefitting from tonnage tax scheme

Transport Malta published a circular drawing the attention of all concerned to the reporting obligations contained in the Merchant Shipping (Taxation and Other Matters Relating to Shipping Organisations) Regulations. Shipping organizations falling within the scope of regulation 4(4) of these Regulations and approved as such, must submit an annual declaration to the Commissioner for Revenue.

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