IMO MEPC discusses key measures for further GHG reduction

During the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), attendees will discuss important measures to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and ways to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping.

Discontent over IMO’s new proposal on GHG reductions

After the IMO presented a draft text containing further measures to cut ship emissions, concerns were raised regarding its efficiency. As some NGOs said, hopes for bold action to reduce the global shipping sector’s huge greenhouse gas emissions were dashed.

MARPOL fines for oil pollution: What to watch

Civil and criminal penalties for MARPOL non-compliance are seeing a continuous trend worldwide, especially in the US, even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the US, these violations can lead to multimillion-dollar financial penalties on shipowners and third-party vessel managers, while crewmembers can face prison if found guilty.   

IMO 2020: A review of the transition to VLSFOs

Gard’s Loss Prevention Executive Asia, Singapore, Siddharth Mahajan and Senior Claims Adviser, London, Louis Shepherd note that the 2020 transition has been smoother than many predicted but not without challenges.

MARPOL amendments to permit electronic record books from October

From 1st October, amendments to MARPOL Annex I, II, V, VI and the NOx Technical Code will permit the use of electronic record books, to enable the accurate record keeping of movements of shipboard substances and materials that are considered hazardous to the environment.

MARPOL Annex VI effects on non-compliant vessels

Steamship Mutual attempts to examine how compliance to the Global Sulphur Cap is to be determined; what procedures will apply and what will be used to ascertain whether bunkers on board and the operation of the ship are compliant, in relation to vessels without scrubbers or other equivalent means of compliance by reference to the IMO Guidelines available.

USCG issues work instruction update on Sulfur Cap enforcement

In fact, it is said that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) released work instruction CVC-WI-022 with the aim to provide guidance to Coast Guard marine inspectors as well as port state control officers for ensuring vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14. 

USCG: Waste reception facilities on waivers and alternatives

In the third part of USCG’s review on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff tend its focus on waivers and alternatives which allow ports/terminals and the Captains of the Port to identify alternative means in order to follow the intent of MARPOL 73/78.

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