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46 states sign new Singapore convention on mediation

On 7 August 2019, a total of 46 states signed the new UN Convention on international settlement agreements resulting from mediation (the Singapore convention on mediation), at a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

USCG approves ITOW as third party organization under Subchapter M

The US Coast Guard has approved Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) as a third-party organization (TPO) to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M, the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) announced on 5 August. 

Issues surrounding autonomous shipping

For autonomous shipping to gain regulatory and societal acceptance, this technology must be at least as safe as traditional ships, said the UK P&I Club in a new paper. A successful approach to change would be to develop regulations in tandem with technological advancements, always maintaining the focus on safety.

USCG prohibits visits to marijuana dispensaries

The USCG Commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, launched a marine bulletin reminding all coast guard military personnel that the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana is a violation of federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The rule goes into effect immediately, and violations are punishable by up to two years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay and dishonorable discharge. 

Australia extends prohibition on live sheep exports for 2019

The Australian Department of Agriculture announced the extension of the prohibition on live sheep exports to or from the Middle East to September 22, 2019. Prior to concluding to this decision, the department took under consideration available science and evidence, and also public feedback.

Hong Kong informs on two security regulations

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) published two regulations; The first one covers the 2019 Yemen Regulation and the Repeal Regulation. The second one covers the  2019 CAR Regulation.

Canada launches Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act

Canada’s coastal and waterway communities are affected by wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels. Given that this problem affects the environment, the public health and safety, and local industries, – fishing and tourism – and that there’s a small part of irresponsible vessel owners, the Government’s Ocean Protection Plan takes action to mitigate irresponsible vessel owner behaviour. 

EU extends Dutch tonnage tax regime to 2028

The European Commission informed that it has authorized, under EU State aid rules, the extend of three amendments regarding the Dutch tonnage tax regime, which is now up to 31 December 2028. The three measures regard a reduced tonnage tax rate for large vessels of over 50,000 net tones, a reduced tonnage tax base for ship management and the application of tonnage tax systems to cable – laying vessels.

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