The year 2020 has been eagerly anticipated by the maritime industry for the switch to a low-sulphur fuel environment. However, from January 1st of 2020, there are other regulations that take effect as well apart from the IMO Sulphur cap.
The IMO Resolution MSC.462(101) – Amendments (05-19) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, concerning ships carrying solid bulk cargoes, will come into force on January 1, 2021. The Standard Club alerts that although the amendments will be implemented in 2021, some contracting governments may apply these amendments in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2020.
The US Customs and Border Protection announced that it will withdraw several previous letter ruling concerning the enforcement of the Jones Act, which may lead to “loopholes” with major implications for the US offshore industry, with the latter commenting that this decision allows foreign-flagged, non-Jones Act wind turbine installation vessels to operate in the expanding U.S. offshore wind industry.
Bureau Veritas focuses on SOLAS Chapter III amendments, which will be applied on January 1, 2020, including requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear.
It was on Thursday, December 5 when the Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, became international law.
At its 31st session, which took place on 25 November – 4 December 2019, the IMO Assembly adopted a resolution on Guidance on communication of information by Member States, to help improve information reporting.
During its 31st session on 25 November to 4 December 2019, the IMO Assembly adopted, among others, a resolution addressing fraudulent ship registration. The IMO recently put under the microscope over 300 ships involved in fraudulent vessel registrations.
During its 31st session on 25 November-4 December, the IMO Assembly adopted a resolution on interim safety measures for ships not certified under the SOLAS Convention operating in polar waters. The resolution urges Member States to implement, voluntarily, safety measures prescribed in the Polar Code.
BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has agreed to a major overhaul of the Dispute Resolution Clause with the aim to shorten and simplify BIMCO’s longest standard clause, simplifying the clause, mostly by removing the mediation provision that was added to the clause in 2002.
On 2 December, the European Council accepted the proposal of easing the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), by running up the permit-granting processes. The agreed proposal further goals to clarify the procedures which project promoters need to follow, such as permit granting and public procurement.
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Norway issues vessel certificates electronically20/02/2020
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Canada, US sign marine pollution contingency plan20/02/2020