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USCG issues updated FAQs on Subchapter M

In late August, the US Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise published the latest updates to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels.

China implements earlier the 0,5% sulphur limit in Yangtze ECA

As of 1 October 2018, ships operating in China’s Yangtze River Delta domestic ECA can no longer use fuel with a sulphur content exceeding 0.5%, unless a scrubber is installed, Gard Club said citing information by Chinese regional authorities of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces.

ABS: Requirements on engine NOx emission limit for ships in China

The recent announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Transport regarding the Regulations on the Administration of Domestic Waterway Transport for Imported Ships has raised a number of questions on its impact on marine engines installed on ships navigating domestic waterways in China.

Australia opens consultation on live export standards

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has initiated the second stage of the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, which is open for public comment until 19 September. These standards ensure livestock are fit for export and help manage the risks to health and welfare during the voyage.

Changes to IMDG Code: What you should know

IMO has published changes to The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG Code), incorporating the 2018 edition (feat. Amendment 39-18) which comes into force on 1 January 2020 for two years and may be applied voluntarily as from 1 January 2019.

UAE targets 25 flags to fight substandard shipping

As part of its recent efforts to eliminate substandard shipping, the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority issued a circular mandating that ships under 25 flags should be classified by a member society in the IACS or by UAE classification society (Tasneef), if they are to call UAE Ports or anchor in UAE waters. 

Initial IMO Strategy on GHG reduction: An overview

Although it is hard to predict what next years will bring for shipping, discussions at this year’s IMO’s MEPC brought in the spotlight a unified effort towards a more sustainable industry. IMO MEPC 72, which took place during the first week of April 2018, agreed on a target to cut shipping’s overall CO2 by adopting an ‘initial strategy’ as a first step. 

Amendments to the IBC Code and BCH Code

In April 2018, IMO MEPC 72 adopted amendments to the IBC Code and BCH Code due to enter into force on January 1st of 2020. Namely, the amendments concern the International Certificate of Fitness and the Certificate of Fitness for the Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk.

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