Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced new regulations that require Canadian passenger vessel operators to carry a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance for every passenger on board. The new regulations will come into force on January 11, 2019.
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?
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 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.
The North P&I Club reminds that from the 1st January 2019 the UAE will require that selected flagged vessels are classed by a classification society that is a member of the IACS or with Tasneef. This requirement will apply to vessels calling at UAE ports or anchor or performing bunkering operations within the UAE’s EEZ.
Norway informed that the new legislation regarding the emissions reduction in the world heritage fjords will be delayed. The regulation was supposed to enter into force on 1 January 2019, but it is now scheduled for the end of February 2019. As the Norwegian Maritime Authority informed, the consultation has to comply with the EU time limit requirements.
Only fishing vessels with a bass authorisation issued by the MMO based on a track record of bass landings in the reference period 1 July 2015 to 30 September 2016 or a bass authorisation obtained via transfer onto a replacement vessel with no increase in tonnage or engine power will be able to land bass.
On December 25, 2018, classification society ClassNK announced a partial revision of ‘Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships’ in order to upgrade the rules to include the latest developments and requirements of the shipping industry.
Despite a century of abolition efforts, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, passed by Congress in 2016, skippers still have the authority to punish ‘troublesome sailors’ with nothing to eat but bread and water, but this is to change from the very first day of 2019 with an update of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.
In 2018, once again new regulations took place in order the maritime industry to stay on the pulse and remain sustainable.Namely, the latest regulatory impacting the industry within the year include 26 major updates which will define the future of the industry.
UK Shipping Minister supports equal rights for seafarers18/01/2019
Loading of small seagoing vessels to occur at Wilhelmshaven FSRU18/01/2019
Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says18/01/2019
IMO: Guidance on ship implementation plan for 2020 compliance18/01/2019
Tallink, TalTech partner to develop smart ship solutions18/01/2019
Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami18/01/2019
Stena Line voyages first next-gen ferry in China18/01/2019
USCG’s only heavy icebreaker reaches Antarctica18/01/2019
ADNOC reduces its fleet emissions by 23%17/01/2019
Egypt reopens five ports due to weather improvement17/01/2019
MLC amendments 2016 on crew welfare enter into forceCasualties
Cable ship capsizes after collision with tanker in Singapore StraitsCasualties
Tanker with 12 crew disappears in Indonesian watersCasualties
Sewol survivors to receive $71,000 in compensation
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