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IMO FAL 42 outcome

The 42nd session of IMO’s Facilitation Committee took place from 5 to 8 June, focusing on work to the facilitation of international maritime traffic. Data standardisation, single window system, stowaways, maritime corruption were, inter alia, key items on this year’s agenda.

USCG to revise marine radar observer refresher training regulations

An active mariner who serves in a relevant position for one year in the previous 5 years using radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on ships equipped with radar, or has served as a qualified instructor for a US Coast Guard-approved radar course at least two times within the past 5 years, would not be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved radar refresher or re-certification course to renew his or her radar observer endorsement.

US passes 2018 Water Resources Development Act

WRDA is a bipartisan legislation that provides improvements to the US ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. The bill passed by a vote of 408 to 2, a margin of 99.5%, and it contains funding for eight major projects across the US.

USCG publishes Subchapter M FAQs

USCG published the latest additions and updates to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels, as of May 2018. 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.

China releases draft revision of shipyards white list

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a draft revision of its shipyards’ white list, aiming to receive advice from the public. The first white list for the shipyards included 51 shipyards, while the new one includes 50. The new white lists aims to improve the troubled domestic shipyards.

How Brazil’s new migration law affects seafarers

A new Migration Law entered into force in Brazil in November 2017. Seafarers entering Brazil on ocean-going vessels can stay up to 90 days in each migratory year without a visa provided they carry valid seaman’s books issued by a country signatory to the ILO Identity Documents Convention.

Marshall Islands submits to IMO safety concerns on 2020 sulphur cap

RMI’s submission to the IMO provides technical information focusing on safety implications and challenges associated with using new fuel oil blends compliant with the new 0.50% sulphur fuel oil. It intends to assist IMO in developing guidelines on the implementation of Reg 14.1.3 MARPOL Annex VI.

Overview of IMO MSC 99 outcome

The 99th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee concluded on 25 May marking new steps and reviewing older developments towards a safer shipping industry. Autonomous vessels, piracy and armed robbery against ships, the Arctic shipping safety, as well as the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, were key topics on the agenda.

Netherlands to impose degassing ban on inland navigation vessels

The Netherlands will impose a nationwide degasification ban for inland navigation vessels. The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Van Nieuwenhuizen wants the degasification ban to be introduced in the Netherlands by mid-2020. The degassing ban must provide about 95% less emissions by 2023.

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.

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