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EU proposes rules to reduce marine litter

As the amount of plastic litter in oceans is growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items.

ECSA welcomes proposed PRF revision but points out concerns

A new Directive on Port Reception Facilities is expected to ensure there are adequate port reception facilities available, require an advance waste notification from ships and ease monitoring and enforcement through existing systems for electronic reporting and the exchange of information, said ECSA.

Denmark presents plan to ratify HNS Convention

Denmark presented its plan to ratify the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea. The Convention aims to provide compensation for costs, including clean-up and restoring the environment in case of an incident involving HNS cargoes.

MSC 99 marks first steps to the adoption of autonomous ships

The 99th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee concluded on 25 May, endorsing a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, including preliminary definitions of autonomous ships and degrees of autonomy, as well as a methodology for conducting the exercise and a plan of work.

EU GDPR effective – now what?!

The deadline for its implementation, the May 25th, has reached to an end, meaning that from now onwards, all organizations in the EU, as well as those that deal with data related to EU residents, should comply with new data privacy laws.  Albeit the increased awareness over this issue by the business world, have we really understood what about this regulation is? And most importantly, are we actually prepared for compliance?

Maersk welcomes India’s cabotage law relaxation

Recently, the Indian Ministry of Shipping announced the relaxation of India’s cabotage law. This will enable global shipping lines to carry EXIM containers along India’s coast. With the relaxation of the cabotage law, foreign ships carrying containers will be able to tranship at Indian ports, as well as carry empty containers.

AAPA welcomes WRDA legislation, but calls for considerations

AAPA released a statement responding to the 2018 Water Resources Development Act legislation. The Association welcomed the legislation, but said that an agreement reached by the US major ports to ensure equity must also be included. WRDA aims to improve the US’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.

USCG updates FAQs on Subchapter M

USCG updated its Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels, as of May 2018. Subchapter M provides 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. 

MPA Singapore calls for vessels emissions control at ports

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore released a circular, warning operators to take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port.

New US bill addresses sexual harassment in transportation

US Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced the “Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act,” that requires passenger airlines, railroads, transit agencies, operators of passenger vessels, and certain bus companies, to prescribe formal policies on sexual harassment of employees and passengers in transportation.

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