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Overview of MSC 101 outcome

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 approves Oil Pollution Levy for 2019-22

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.

Canada proposes new regulations on ballast water against invasive aquatic species

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.

Bill introduced in the UK to commit Government to achieve net zero emissions

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 signs legislation to develop offshore wind

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.

Changes in ‘Dockers Clause’ to come into force in 6 months

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.

Banning of PAS to affect business climate and port energy transition

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 presents updated bulk cargo liquefaction guidance

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.

ICS launches third edition of MLC guidelines

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 to adopt new approach over STCW White List process

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.


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