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US approves bill to enhance maritime safety

The US House of Representatives approved the legislation to address maritime transportation safety issues raised by the El Faro sinking, promote the US Coast Guard’s awareness of technologies that could help improve Service mission performance, and reduce marine debris.

NZ changes rules for recreational boats after deadly yacht accident

On the aftermath of a fatal accident that killed two crew members of the yacht ‘Platino’ back in June 2016, Maritime NZ announced changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters.

Float-free EPIRBs to be mandatory from January 2021

From January 2021, float-free EPIRBs will be mandatory on certain types of commercial vessel. This change to safety requirements is in response to tragic incidents in which commercial vessels sank quickly and the master and crew were not able to deploy their EPIRB in time.

USCG issues first towing vessel Certificate of Inspection

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago issued the first Certificate of Inspection in its area of responsibility to the towing vessel Prentiss Brown, operated by Port City Marine Services, on Friday July 20. Subchapter M, as the new towing vessel inspections regulations are called, came into force, on July 20.

Towing vessels now subject to inspection and certification

The US Coast Guard and the Marine Transportation Act of 2004 included a provision to add towing vessels to a list of vessels subject to inspection and certification. This Final Rule set July 20, 2018, as the compliance date for all towing vessels subject to Subchapter M.

ICS welcomes IMO progress on 2020 sulphur cap implementation issues

ICS is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap global implementation. The announcement comes by ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, after the IMO Intersessional Working Group meeting last week.

Hong Kong announces air pollution regulations

Hong Kong published the Air Pollution Control (Fuel for Vessels) Regulation, which requires all vessels to use compliant fuel within the waters of Hong Kong to reduce their emissions and improve air quality. If approved by the Council, the Regulation will take effect on 1 January 2019.

Liberia amends maritime law to allow lease financing

In a bid to respond to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community, the Republic of Liberia amended its maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As such, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters.

How to reduce risk on covered areas on open decks

Passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. The Marine Safety Center in 2016 developed Plan Review Guideline SOLAS-29 “Overhanging Decks” to assist vessel owners and operators when using or installing awnings and similar coverings on open deck areas.


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