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US simplifies reporting requirements for LNG exports

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it would now only require U.S. LNG exporters to report the country or countries of LNG deliveries, not country of end-use, to satisfy the DOE’s destination reporting requirement.

IBIA defines the new regulatory BDN to be launched in 2019

IBIA reminds the industry that new regulatory requirements under MARPOL Annex VI, regarding the information to be included in the bunker delivery note (BDN), will enter into force on 1 January 2019. That is why, IBIA provides practical advice and dispel some of the misunderstandings regarding the responsibility of suppliers.

Overview of amendments adopted and approved at MSC 100

Along with a major focus on the regulatory scoping exercise for autonomous ships, the landmark 100th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100) held on 3-7 December, pushed further regulatory work on shipping safety, with the adoption of amendments to the SPS Code and the STCW Code, as well as the approval of draft amendments and guidelines. 

New IMSBC Code requirements from Jan 2019

The Swedish Club informs that by 1 January 2019 there will be a supplementary IMSCB for coal. Namely, coal will not only be categorized as a chemical hazard cargo (Group B) but will also fall into Group A (liquefaction). If the particles are large enough to prevent liquefaction, then they will not be a Group A cargo.

Port of Vancouver reminds regulations on restricted visibility

Port of Vancouver in order to ensure safety informs that thick fog and fog patches are common at this time of year and there is a high chance of restricted visibility. Therefore, the port reminds the regulations that require anchored ships to sound every minute and moving ships to sound every two minutes as it is written on Rule 35 of Collision Regulations of Canada Shipping Act of 2001.

MaritimeNZ reminds float-free EPIRB are compulsory from January 1

The New Zealand’s national regulatory, compliance and response agency for the safety, security and environmental protection of coastal and inland waterways, MaritimeNZ, reminds operators of New Zealand that they must install float-free EPIRB distress beacons on commercial fishing vessels by 1 January 2019. The regulation applies to vessels between 7.5 meters and 24 meters operating outside enclosed waters.

New Act on BWM signed into law with implications on EPA VGP

On December 4, 2018, US President Trump signed the USCG Authorization Act, S. 140, a new bill which includes measures for USCG operations while incorporates the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. Namely, with this act, USCG is required to draft a policy letter for testing BWMS within 180 days, followed by a 90 day comment period. Totally, the USCG has 360 days after the date of enactment of the Act to come up with a final policy. What is more, this bill has wide implications on US EPA VGP, due in March 2019.

Ukraine to comply with IMO load lines convention

Ukraine has acceded to the 1988 Protocol relating to the International Convention on Load Lines. On Wednesday, November 5, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, agreed with IMO to deposit the instruments of accession. The 1988 Load lines Protocol now has 110 Contracting States, representing more than 97% of world merchant shipping tonnage.

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