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First certificate of inspection for towing vessel in US West Coast

The USCG Marine Safety Unit Portland issued an initial Certificate of Inspection to Tidewater Barge Lines’ towing vessel ‘Crown Point’ that operates out of Vancouver. This COI is the first of its kind on the US West Coast issued to a towing vessel, in accordance with Subchapter M. 

American Club releases document with key regulations for shipowners

The American Club announced that it released the updated “Welcome to the USA!”. This document summarizes key regulations of which shipowners should be aware when trading to and from the US. In regard to most of these requirements, the American Club provides additional guidance, tools and services to assist them in achieving compliance.

Australia toughens welfare standards on livestock carriers

On the aftermath of the death of 2,400 sheep from heat stress on the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’, Australia will require ships carrying live cattle and sheep exports to have an independent observer to ensure welfare standards. The country will also introduce new legislation to penalise any exporter that violates these standards.

MSC 99 begins with scoping exercise on autonomous ships

The 99th session of IMO’s MSC has begun with discussions on how to proceed with a regulatory scoping exercise on autonomous vessels. MSC 99 is expected to touch on an extensive range of issues, including the human element, safety, security and protection of the marine environment, for different levels of autonomy.

New web tool to help in compliance with Polar Code

A new public web portal has been designed to support implementation of IMO’s Polar Code for ships operating in polar waters, at the second meeting of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum, on 14-15 May, in London. The portal provides links to authoritative information essential to compliance with the Polar Code.

Third party liability insurance now required for small vessels

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that after a new regulation, all speedboats with a hull length below 15 m, personal watercrafts/jet skis and similar vessels must now be covered by a 3. part liability insurance. If the vessel does not have insurance coverage, the operators will not be allowed to operate it.

Clarifications on new French regulation for seafarers

Recently, ENIM, France’s social security system announced that it will attempt to develop a service offering that takes into account the characteristics of the maritime professional environment. This objective comes within the framework of three legislative and coherent conventional regulatory mechanisms.

Canada replaces Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate with Polar Code Certificate

DNV GL informs that Canada stopped its requirement for an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate and adopted the Polar Code as from December 2017. For this reason, compliance with the Polar Code is necessary for operators to enter into Canadian polar waters. However, the Polar Code Certificate does not apply to all vessels yet.

New regulation against marine pollution at Puerto Cortes, Honduras

According to a circular issued by the The Honduras Directorate of Merchant Marine, ships calling at Puerto Cortes must present, with 24 hours in advance, an Insurance Certificate of Civil Liability against marine pollution events, and a Certificate of Coverage for Response to Incidents of marine pollution issued by a company authorized for this purpose by the maritime authority, to the local office of the General Directorate.

UN Security Council 1718 sanctions list adds 22 entries

In late March, the UN Security Council Committee updated its 1718 Sanctions List, adding 22 entries, comprising 21 entities and one individual. UNSC Resolution 1718, adopted in October 2006, imposes a series of economic and commercial sanctions on North Korea, on the aftermath of the country’s nuclear test.

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