Tuesday, October 19, 2021


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AMSA’s Focused Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation: A best practice guide

AMSA announced that a Focused Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation will be conducted from 1 August 2021 to 30 September 2021. AMSA surveyors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with Port or flag State Control inspections. SQEMARINE provides guidance for the questionnaire of the campaign and a best practice guide as well as  analysis on AMSA findings on Deficiency Category.

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US EPA VIDA: What you need to know for 2021

On October 26, 2020, EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance – was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The proposed rule will reduce the environmental impact of discharges, such as ballast water, that are incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels. When finalized, this new rule will streamline the current patchwork of federal, state, and local requirements that apply to the commercial vessel community and better protect US waters.

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USCG Vessel Cyber Risk Management Work Instruction

On 27th October 2020, USCG issued a work instruction with guidance on implementation of IMO Resolution 428(98) and MSC-FAL.1/Circ 3.  SQE Marine shares more information, explaining that this work instruction provides guidance regarding the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) commercial vessel compliance program’s approach to assessing the cyber risk on US flagged and foreign vessels to ensure they do not pose a risk to the Marine Transportation System due to a cyber event.

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How to report requirements under USA VGP Annual Report for 2019

The VGP is a USA Clean Water Act, NPDES permit that authorizes discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels greater than 79 feet in length. The 2013 Vessel General Permit that replaced the 2008 Vessel General Permit, has incorporated a new requirements for a submission of an electronically annual report by February 28th covering activities conducted from January 1st, till December 31, of previous year.

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