The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) released the 2020 edition of its Blue Book and the accompanying IACS Green Book. Both publications present a summary of IACS’ technical output and present the Association’s technical support to the shipping industry through our work and investment in technology, innovation, research and development both at the classification and statutory levels.
The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), conducted its 7th session in 15-24 January 2020 and amongst major shipping issues, they issued a correspondence group to monitor potential new SOLAS chapters being added to the Polar Code.
The Government of India informed that the “Recycling of Ships” Bill has become an Act, with the government setting specific international standards and implementing a statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards.
The Maritime Safety Committee of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines announced that it has adopted a revised recommendation on performance standards for voyage data recorders (VDRs) refer resolution MSC 333 (90).
The entry into force of the sulphur cap in the beginning of 2020 is – and will be – the highlight of the year. However, at the end of 2020, ships must comply with another very important requirement. Specifically, starting from 31 December 2020, ships above 500 GT and flying the flag of an EU/EEA member state, or third-party flagged vessels calling at European ports, must carry an Inventory Hazardous Materials (IHM) certificate on board. To shed light on this matter, DNV GL hosted a webinar, providing more information about the subject.
The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) reported that the importance of the Caribbean maritime sector depends heavily on the successful implementation of international regulations, adding that the livelihood of most Caribbeans depends on the shipping industry.
Singapore has recently implemented the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 (LLMC 1976). Therefore, effective from 29 December 2019, operators can expect increased limits of liability for maritime claims.
Dockers unions, shop stewards and legal advisors met in Rotterdam, forming a team of legal advisors ensuring that the Dockers’ Clause that entered into force in Europe and Canada on January 1, 2020 will be correctly implemented.
The Director General of Shipping in India issued an addendum on the regulation of banning single-use plastic in Indian waters, providing details concerning a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a maritime bulletin informing of the voluntarily “early” implementation of the revised IMSBC Code concerning all ships registered in the Bahamas Authority.
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