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Seafarers excluded from EU labour and social legislation

As part of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission developed a proposal for a Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive. This aims to grant all workers in Europe fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion. However, Member States excluded seafarers and fishermen from this legislation.

ECSA: HNS convention must be swiftly ratified by all Member States

On the occasion of Denmark’s ratification of the 2010 HNS Convention earlier this week, ECSA welcomed the move, noting however that the International liability and compensation regime covering pollution damage caused by ships needs to be swiftly ratified by all Member States.

Regional workshop in Tunisia focuses on IMO audits

IMO’s Member State Audit Scheme is at the centre of a regional workshop taking place in Tunis, Tunisia, on 2-6 July. Auditing IMO Member States is critical for assessing how effectively these administer key IMO treaties and subsequently ensuring that the IMO regulatory framework is universally implemented. 

Denmark becomes the fourth to ratify HNS Convention

Denmark has officially become the fourth state to accede to the global regime on compensation for damage caused by the carriage by sea of hazardous and noxious substances of the 2010 HNS convention. The Danish minister of business has requested the DMA to enforce the rules of the convention in Denmark.

USCG: Is your AIS ready for Subchapter M?

The Subchapter M regulations provide minimum safety, lifesaving, construction, machinery, electrical, and operational requirements for US towing vessels. All applicable towing vessels must be in compliance with the Subchapter M by 20 July 2018.

Portugal establishes new tonnage tax law

Portugal passed a new law last week, introducing new tonnage tax. The new tonnage tax is part of Portugal’s attempt to improve its shipping industry. This includes measures to improve shipping, maritime labour, infrastructure and maritime suppliers. With this law, Portugal aims to attract new shipping companies by providing attractive conditions.

USCG outlines key points for obtaining certificates of inspection

As of June 25, 2018, the US Coast Guard has issued 22 certificates of inspection to towing vessels in the Atlantic and Pacific areas of operation. Additional inspections will take place until July 20, 2018, when Subchapter M is fully implemented. Towing vessels are required to comply with 46 CFR Subchapter M in less than four weeks.

STCW Requirements for ships operating in Polar Regions now effective

From 1st of July 2018, amendments related to revised training requirements for Masters and Deck Officers onboard ships operating in Polar Water have come into force. Namely, the STCW has been amended with a new regulation V/4 , according to which, two main trainings are defined: the basic and the advance training.

ICS: Operational Efficiency Indexing can bring market distortion

ICS launched a new report setting out its firm opposition to the concept of mandatory operational efficiency indexing of individual ships as a possible candidate measure for CO2 reduction, because of ‘the potential inaccuracies of such a metric and the significant danger of market distortion’.

USCG proposes delay of TWIC Reader rule for certain facilities

On 22 June, the US Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register, to delay the effective date for certain facilities affected by the final rule entitled “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements,” which was published on 23 August 2016.

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