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IMO FAL 43 outcome

Electronic information exchange and data harmonization, work for a maritime single window and maritime corruption guidance were the key themes on the agenda of IMO’s FAL Committee, during its 43rd session on 8-12 April 2019.

US mulls Jones Act waiver for LNG

US President Donald Trump is considering waiving the Jones Act requirement that only US-flagged vessels can move LNG from American ports to Puerto Rico. While top administration officials seem to be divided on the issue, the US President is leaning in favor of some sort of waiver. 

USCG: Few days left to schedule inspections under Subchapter M

USCG reminded owners and operators of towing vessels to ensure that 25% of their fleet has received a Certificate of Inspection before 22 July 2019, under Subchapter M. They must also schedule a vessel’s inspection before 22 April 2019 if the COI is expected to be received in the first year.

ECSA, ETF welcome European Maritime Single Window

ECSA and ETF welcomed the adoption by Members of the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment. They stated that they look forward to the formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to apply and deliver on the much-awaited administrative simplification for shipping.

USCG: GMDSS master plan

In a circular issued on 4 March, IMO announced that all information related to shore-based facilities for the GMDSS communicated to the organization is available to all registered public account holders through the new GISIS module on the Master plan of shore-based facilities for the GMDSS.

Iceland, Ethiopia ratify MLC 2006

Iceland and Ethiopia have become the latest member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), which sets out minimum international working and living conditions for seafarers on board ships. The MLC will enter into force for the latest signatories in 2020, one year after its ratification. 

US Senator issues bill on cruise ships death

US Senator Deb Fischer introduced legislation to amend the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) to provide a basis for compensation for the pain, suffering and other emotional losses suffered by the surviving family members killed at sea.

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