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USCG: Process of officer and rating endorsements after March 24

The US National Maritime Center provided information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019. Under grandfathering provisions, mariners who started service or training for a national endorsement may qualify for the endorsement. However, mariners must meet certain criteria.

USCG accepts 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code

The US Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, ‘Acceptance of the 2009 MODU Code.’ The 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code was amended several times since its adoption. The most recent amendments include updated design and equipment requirements that derive from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.

IMO issues updated guidelines on fatigue

The revised guidelines, which were approved during MSC 100, are composed of six modules. Module 1 contains general information on fatigue while the remaining tackle with fatigue in relation to the company, seafarer, awareness and training, ship design, Administration and Port State Authorities.

Emissions reduction regulation in Fjords enters into force

On 1 March, new environmental requirements for emissions and discharges in the world heritage fjords the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord entered into force. Norway aspires to reduce the emissions and discharges from cruise ships and other vessels. Another vital goal of the regulations is to reduce health risks for area residents.

HM Coastguard: How to comply with ILO 188 for fishermen

HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment.

IMO SDC6 introduces SOLAS amendment for safer mooring

As part of its work to make ships mooring safer, IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, introduced new requirements for appropriate and safe-to-use designs of mooring arrangements, a maintenance and inspection regime, as well as proper documentation.

India gives locally built ships priority in chartering

In order to promote the Make in India initiative and give incentives for ship building activity in the country, the Indian Ministry of Shipping revised its guidelines for chartering of ships by providing Right of First Refusal to ships built in India. Whenever a tendering process is performed to charter a vessel, a bidder offering a ship built in India will be given the first priority to match the L1 quote.

UK Club informs on General Licences concerning business with PdVSA

UK P&I Club issued a circular concerning the Venezuelan Sanctions the US imposed to PDVSA on January. The Club addressed that PDVSA has been made a target of the US. In the meantime, a number of General Licences have been issued with authorisations of varying duration to allow U.S. citizens to wind down existing business with PdVSA or its subsidiaries.

Costa Rica ratifies FAL Convention

Costa Rica is the latest country to ratify the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention). The IMO treaty enhances communication between ships and ports to help shipments move more quickly, more easily and more efficiently.

Poll

The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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