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EU signs new rules to achieve greater energy efficiency

The European Parliament signed new rules on renewables, energy efficiency and the governance of the Energy Union. This enables the European Union to move towards clean energy transition, and follow on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation, as well as meet the Paris Agreement goals.

China postpones tiger bone, rhino horn trading law

China is postponing its decision that would have allowed the use of tiger bone and rhino horn by hospitals and domestic trade in antique tiger and rhino products. Before this, during October, chinese authorities lifted a quarter-century ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts.

RMI urges for early submission of SEEMP Part II

The Republic of Marshall islands issued a notice to remind that the 31st December 2018 is the SEEMP Part II deadline under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22.2. The Administrator encourages RMI-flagged ships subject to this requirement to submit their SEEMP Part II to their ROs as soon as possible before the year-end deadline to avoid non-compliance.

USCG updates guidelines for successful stability tests

USCG announced that the Marine Safety Center published an updated Plan Review Guidelines and Design Verification Guidelines, regarding: GEN 05 – ‘Stability Test Procedures’. This Plan Review Guideline provides guidance and information for carrying out successful stability test and submitting stability test procedures.

UK Club: Recent developments on Limitation Fund in Singapore and UAE

Under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976, shipowners may limit their liability in maritime claims by establishing a limitation fund. From 1 February 2018, Singapore’s Rules of Court have been amended to allow a person seeking relief in a limitation action to constitute a limitation fund either by making payment into Court under an order of the Court, or by producing a LOU from a P&I Club acceptable to the Court.

ICS: STCW Convention needs revision

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of ICS, Esben Poulsson, called for a revision of the IMO STCW Convention, which governs global standards for the training and certification of about two million merchant seafarers.  A revised STCW regime should enable the industry to adapt more effectively to technological advancements.

US considers funding to boost Great Lakes shipping

President Donald Trump signed a bill in late October, concerning The Great Lakes shipping community, of approximately $1 billion for constructing a second lock,  aiming to allow transports of large “Laker” vessels at the Soo Locks in the north of Michigan at the eastern terminus of Lake Superior.

Nigeria to strictly implement 2020 sulphur cap

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside informed that NIMASA will strictly implement the IMO 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Peterside also mentioned that all vessels that are sailing in Nigeria’s waters are only allowed to use fuel that is environmental friendly.

UK to reduce bureaucracy in cleaning marine litter

The UK Government launched new proposals on 2 November 2018, to reduce bureaucratic procedures and make it easier for divers to remove litter from the seabed. Up until now, a marine licence was required for divers who retrieve litter, but now divers will be excluded from this requirement.

Norway proposes regulation for emissions reduction in the fjords

New legislation was released for review aiming to reduce emissions and discharges in the fjords. Namely, the Norwegian Maritime Authority proposed even stricter regulations to ensure a better environmental footprint in the area, by cutting emissions.

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US to grant Puerto Rico $28.9 million to prevent risk from natural disasters
maritime casualties
EMSA: Overview of maritime casualties in 2017
collision in north sea
Two ships collide off Borkum, Germany
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
bering sea
Northern Bering sea and Bering Strait threatened by increasing ship waste
sea level
Sea level rise threatens Mediterranean UNESCO heritage sites
climate change
How climate change threats Antarctic and the world
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targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms
First targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farms developed
cma cgm
Top container shipping companies consider new association to drive digitalization
5g
New project considers 5G technology for electricity grid and harbor automation
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
ferry operation in south carolina
USCG ceased ferry operation in South Carolina
paris mou
Paris MoU appoints new Secretary-General
ferry grounding
Skipper fined over ferry grounding in Wellington
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
whales
Whale populations are recovering according to IUCN
seychelles
Seychelles issues world’s first sovereign blue bond
nor shipping
Nor Shipping lays eyes on sustainability ISO certification
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
seychelles
Seychelles issues world’s first sovereign blue bond
Savannah
Port of Savannah marks container moving record in October
ship repair contracts
BIMCO updates ship repair contracts
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environmental sustainability
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