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New report outlines cabotage situation globally

Seafarers’ Rights International, published a new report that explores the nature and extent of cabotage laws around the world. ‘Cabotage Laws of the World’ identifies for the first time 91 member states of the United Nations that have cabotage laws restricting foreign activity in their domestic coastal trades.

USCG withdraws ‘Outer Continental Shelf activities’ proposed rule

As of 19 September, the US Coast Guard has withdrawn the proposed rule entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities” published back in December 1999, claiming the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete.

US introduces bill to tackle human trafficking in fishing

The ‘Human Trafficking and IUU Fishing Act’ would add the Secretary of Commerce to the President’s existing Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in response to the growing human trafficking, forced labor, and human rights abuses in global seafood supply chain.

IMO Sub-Committee takes steps for use of methanol as ship fuel

The 5th session of the IMO’s sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5) last week has completed draft interim guidelines for the safety of ships using methanol as fuel, setting them on course for formal approval by the IMO’s MSC in 2020.

USCG updates barge cargo authority plan review guidelines

As part of its Plan Review Guidelines, USCG updated the C1-42 – “Oceangoing Tank Barge Cargo Authority”. The purpose is to provide guidance regarding the submission of the Tank Group Characteristics Loading Form for Oceangoing Tank Barges to request the generation of a Cargo Authority Attachment.

Australia allows assistance dogs onboard cruise vessels

In recognition of the critical, ongoing and dependent relationship between eligible assistance dogs and their handlers, Australia has established a process to allow eligible assistance dogs to travel with their handlers on cruise vessels between Australian ports where the vessel is under biosecurity control.

USCG updates circular on sewage compliance

USCG issued an updated Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular on “Voluntary Compliance with International Sewage Regulations in Annex IV TO MARPOL 73/78.” The update incorporates changes by IMO MEPC 62 and Resolution MEPC 64 and provides additional guidance for owners, operators and manufacturers.

New ship traffic regulations for two main Turkish straits

In a bid to secure efficient response to maritime casualties, Turkey’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced new regulations on shipping traffic along its main waterways, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (Çanakkale), which are among the busiest waterways in the world.

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.


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