Norway is working on a new regulation, to prevent the discharge of sewage, and contribute to less sewage discharge along the Norwegian coast. The government aspires to have the new rules in place by March 1, 2020.
MPA Singapore informs about an increase in Port State Control detentions experienced by Singapore ships since the beginning of 2019. Namely, it has been noticed that defects regarding the ship’s sewage treatment plant are increasingly becoming a common deficiency that cause ships to be detained by PSC.
The northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait region has been an ecological, cultural, and economic center for Yup’ik, Cup’ik, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Inupiaq peoples for millennia. Yet, recently, a combination of factors, including less sea ice and more trade and resource development, has resulted to an increased vessel traffic in the region led by huge cargo vessels, tugs, and research vessels, and is expected to continue growing.
Environmental authorities in China will be given data from discharge points in the Yangtze River basin, with an online monitoring platform, which has as a goal to enhance pollution controls. This development is part of Yangtze River Water Resources Commission and Taihu Lake Basin Authority on-site inspections last year at more than 8,800 locations.
ChartCo, a maritime digital data and compliance services supplier, announced the launch of Version 5.4 of EnviroManager. Enviromanager aims to facilitate vessels’ operators comply with MARPOL regulations for discharges and emissions.
The MEPC 69 has agreed that the first date of sewage management implementation in the Baltic Sea is 1 June 2019 for new passenger ships, DNV GL reminds. As of 1 September 2017, the MARPOL amendments define a “new passenger ship”, the one contracted on or after 1 June 2019 or delivery of which is on or after 1 June 2021.
IMO MEPC 69 agreed that the Baltic Sea special area for sewage discharges from passenger ships under Annex IV or the MARPOL Convention will take effect by latest 2021 for IMO registered passenger vessels. However, in certain cases of direct passages between St. Petersburg area and the North Sea there is a two-year extension to the deadline, until 2023.
Confusion surrounding the entry into force date of MEPC 227(64), the amended regulation governing ship wastewater discharge overboard requirements, could see some shipowners falling foul of the new rules
An increasing number of vessels have been fined for violating Chinese pollution regulations relating to discharges of garbage/sewage in the Bohai Sea
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