Several amendments of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) agreed in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are entering into force in less than three months, marking reforms to SOLAS and to international codes made mandatory under the SOLAS Convention.
India announced that it will ban the use of single use plastics on board Indian ships and foreign ships, when these ships are at a port or place in India. The ban will take effect from 1 January 2020.
Enabling legislation in South Africa for the implementation of the IMO 2020, should be ready by year end, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed. Namely, Mr. Mbalula finally settled down the fears, stating categorically that the necessary legislation will be in place by the end of 2019.
UNCTAD issued its Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2019 highlighting that these tariffs affect the 58% of trade in Asia-Pacific trade, adding that the non-tariff measures (NTMs) have significantly increased in the past two decades.
The maritime authorities of the Government of Mexico have agreed to place a high priority on ratifying three important IMO legal conventions, following a workshop in Mexico City. These are the 2003 Fund Protocol, the 2001 Bunkers Convention and the 2007 Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention.
Transboundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for carbon capture and storage can now be provisionally allowed under certain circumstances, as Parties to the London Protocol have agreed. The London Protocol provides the basis in international environmental law for Governments to allow carbon capture and storage (CCS) under the seabed. This is considered as one tool in climate change mitigation, which can also protect the marine environment.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) informed that Australia removed regulation that protect the country’s shipping industry, after repealing the ANL Act. The repeal of the law relates to the former publicly-owned shipping company Australian National Line.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launched Incoterms® 2020, the newest addition of the renowned trade terms concerning delivery goods, providing certainty and clarity to business and traders everywhere.
The State of California will delay the introduction of strict ballast water quality standards to 2030. These standards are considered to be significantly more strict in comparison to the USCG Final Rule and IMO International Ballast Water Management Convention.
The amendments to SOLAS regulations III/3 and III/20, introducing mandatory new requirements for the maintenance and inspection of lifeboats and rescue boats, are entering into force on 1 January 2020, to ensure safety of life-saving appliances and equipment.
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