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IMO to finalize polar communication and navigation equipment guidance

IMO’s Polar Code aims to ensure that ships operating in the Arctic and Antarctic areas consider extremes of temperature and make sure critical equipment remains operational. Draft guidance for navigation and communication equipment intended for use on ships operating in polar waters is expected to be finalized by the current session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue.

Canada clarifies about height of timber deck cargoes above weather deck

Transport Canada published a bulletin, clarifying the Canadian requirements about the maximum height of timber deck cargoes above the vessel’s weather deck and the measurement of the height. Transport Canada has noticed several occasions where the maximum height of the timber deck cargoes allowed on deck was questioned because of different interpretations.

Summary of the regulatory landscape in 2019

Gard Club summarizes the 2019 maritime regulatory landscape. The marine industry experienced many regulations coming into force on 2018, with the same expected to happen in 2019. These regulations regard crew, safety, environment, cargo, and certification. 

MLC amendments 2016 on crew welfare enter into force

The second set of amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for improving crew safety and welfare have entered into force, as of 8 January 2019. The amendments, agreed in 2016, are comprised of additions to the guidelines of Regulation 4.3. They cover health and safety protection and accident prevention. 

Turkey: Mediation necessary for resolving commercial disputes

The UK P&I Club informed that new articles have recently been added to the Turkish Commercial Code. These articles make it compulsory for parties to refer their commercial disputes to mediation before starting proceedings in court. According to Mr. Sertac Sayhan of Sayhan Law Office, this means that cargo claims have to be taken firstly to a Mediator before being lodged at the Competent Court.

Polar Code, two years on: What’s next?

Is Polar Code enough to ensure safety & environmental protection of seafarers, passengers and Arctic people? The majority (74%) of the participants in a quick SAFETY4SEA Poll replied no, while just 26% are satisfied with the application of the Code. But what lies behind this negative perception toward Polar Code?

IMO: Which amendments entered into force from 1st January 2019

As of 1st January 2019, amendments to the bunker delivery note have entered into force, relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships, which have fitted alternative mechanisms to comply with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. Other amendments that entered into force this year include the IMSBC Code 2017 amendment and the amendments to designate North Sea and Baltic Sea as ECAs.

China bans open-loop scrubbers

China has banned open-loop scrubbers from the country’s emission control areas. The new regulation, which came into force on January 1, bans vessels from discharging wastewater and burning residue from open-loop scrubbers. In addition, ships must record the details of wastewater and residue disposal.

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