regulatory update

AMSA extends validity of STCW seafarer certificates

As part of its newly announced arrangements amid COVID-19, AMSA announced it has taken steps to allow the holders of seafarer certificates and certificates of medical fitness to continue to perform duties even if the certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

AMSA extends National Law certificates of competency amid pandemic

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced further steps to allow holders of National Law certificates of competency and first aid certificates to continue to perform their duties even if their certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Bill proposed in the US to resume cruise lines operation

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott introduced the Set Sail Safely Act (S. 4592), which would establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with a Private Sector Advisory Committee, to address the health, safety, security, and logistical changes needed to develop a roadmap for cruise lines to resume operations.

Transport Malta: ROs must inform of non-compliant equipment onboard

Transport Malta reiterated the need of compliance with the Directive 2014/90/EU on Marine Equipment (MED). The Directive, inter alia, provides that recognised organisations shall inform the Directorate in cases where it is suspected that MED equipment placed onboard a Maltese ship is not compliant with the applicable requirements.

USCG: Work instruction for laid up inspected/examined vessels

The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-018(1), “Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels”, outlining the process of laying up inspected and examined commercial vessels to provide greater consistency and continuity between Captain of the Port Zones. 

Fines for marine pollution violations increase in Ghana

The past year has seen an increase in reports of MARPOL Annex IV (sewage) violations during PSC inspections in Ghana, particularly in the ports of Takoradi and Tema, which have led to financial penalties against vessels, according to data provided by Budd Ghana. 

Chinese ports strengthen epidemic prevention and control measures

Recently, Chinese ports are strengthening epidemic prevention and control measures on vessels having changed crew overseas within 14 days, especially for Filipino seafarers or vessels that have changed crew members in the Philippines, data by local correspondents Huatai Marine reveals. 

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