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DNV GL presents updated bulk cargo liquefaction guidance

DNV GL, Classification society, launched its updated bulk cargo liquefaction guideline at the Nor-Shipping trade fair this week. The Guidelines were firstly published in October 2015; The revised Guidelines are based on feedback from readers and practical experiences that resulted in the past.

ICS launches third edition of MLC guidelines

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its guidelines on the ILO Maritime Labour Convention. The guidelines contain practical advice, information and key learnings from industry bodies at the heart of the shipping community. 

IMO to adopt new approach over STCW White List process

IMO agreed to re-approach its listing process regarding the STCW Convention’s White List. As the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) informed, this development came as the drawing up of the list of countries for delisting from the STCW Convention ‘White List’ did not follow due process.

US reintroduces South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act

US Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. This is a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities that take part ‘in Beijing’s illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.’

Iceland considers applying 0.1% limit on marine fuels sulphur content

The Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources has made a draft to amend current regulations regarding the sulphur content of fuels. If adopted, the amendments will not allow the use of heavy fuel oil within Icelandic territorial waters from the start of 2020, with fuels with only 0.1% sulphur content being allowed.

Japan ratifies Bunker Convention and Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

Japan has approved ratification of the ‘International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001’ and the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007’. Japan also amended the ‘Act on Liability for Oil Pollution Damage’ (the Act) in order to reflect the provisions of the two conventions. The amended Act will apply by March 2020.

Draft amendments on Steel Ships Guidance

The Korean Register of Shipping issued a draft amendment on the rules for the Classification of Steel Ships Guidance 1 revised section, noting that the Class is committed to developing the Rules to meet the latest technical and customer requirements. Therefore, it calls its members in case of any comments inform the Class until Friday, June 7, 2019.

International Convention on Arrest of Ships applies in Turkey

The International Convention on Arrest of Ships, 1999 (1999 Convention) was ratified by the Turkish Parliament on March 2017. Now, on May 3, 2019, the 1999 Convention officially became binding by law upon the Turkish authorities. This recent development paves the way for arrest of ships under demise charter for debts of the charterer given that international conventions take priority over national law.

Overview of MEPC 74 outcome

The 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) took place on 13-17 May at IMO headquarters in London, with key environmental subjects on its agenda, aimed at supporting the IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships and the implementation of 2020 sulphur cap among others.

MEPC 74: IMO completes 2020 guidelines

MEPC 74 concluded on Friday with a comprehensive set of guidelines for the consistent implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap. IMO also approved draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI relating to enforcement of the 0.50% sulphur limit.

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