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2020 Regulatory Agenda: What you should know

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.  

IMSBC Code amendments to come into force in 2021

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.

CBP changes Jones Act for offshore vessels, criticised over loopholes

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.

Ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries

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.

IMO adopts resolution to address fraudulent registries

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. 

IMO urges for implementation of polar safety measures to non-SOLAS ships

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 to simplify its law and arbitration clause

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.

EU Council agrees position on speeding grant permissions

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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