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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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The winners of 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards announced

SAFETY4SEA announced the winners of the 2019 SAFETYT4SEA Awards at a prestigious awards ceremony which successfully concluded on October the 1st at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference. SAFETY4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for Excellence, Sustainability, Training, Technology, Initiative, Personality and Leadership.

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