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Polar Code, two years on: What’s next?

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?

IMO: Which amendments entered into force from 1st January 2019

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 bans open-loop scrubbers

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.

UAE compulsory IACS classification for certain flags

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.

Regulation for emissions reduction in fjords delayed

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.

New bass measures in UK for 2019

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.

ClassNK announces partial revision on the steel vessel rules

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. 

2019 will end ‘bread and water’ punishment for US Navy sailors

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.

Year in Review: Top priorities of the 2018 Regulatory Agenda

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.

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