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Canadian oil tanker moratorium act sees Royal Assent

Canada’s Minister of transport, Marc Garneau, announced that the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48) has received Royal Assent. According to the Act, oil tankers transferring crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern British Columbia. The Act aims to protect, to some level, the area’s marine ecosystems, which are vulnerable to the developing marine shipping.

Overview of MSC 101 outcome

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) held its 101st session from June 5 to 14, 2019. After its conclusion, the meeting decided on many important issues during 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. 

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