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UK P&I Club advise on US/Cuba sanction changes

In October 2016, the U.S. Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control announced amendments to the Cuban Asset Control Regulations, which restrict the scope of the application of the “180 day rule,” by permitting ships to carry a wider range of cargos to be imported to Cuba from third countries, without their being subject to the rule.

Crowley enhances service between Florida & Panama

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s liner services group has announced that it has updated its ocean container transportation services with a new, weekly sailing connecting Jacksonville and Port Everglades, Fla., more directly with Manzanillo, Panama. This sailing complements a new office in Panama as well.

IMO highlights Polar Code importance

IMO announced that Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska,on 8-9 March, where IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, delivered a speech on the importance of the Code and highlighted the safety of seafarers and the environmental protection as key elements of the Code.

USA, India discuss LNG cooperation

Indian Minister of State Petroleum & Natural Gas met the newly appointed US Energy Secretary, in Washington, on March 8 and discussed energy cooperation between India and the US.

BWM extension program: Latest update

USCG issued the latest update (March 2017) for the procedures for requesting extensions for compliance with BWM regulations in response to hundreds of extension requests and dozens of questions received by the Coast Guard, which indicate a widespread misunderstanding of the previously issued guidance, and an associated need for additional clarity and certainty for all stakeholders.

New bill requires 30% of LNG exports to travel on US-flagged vessels

A new US bill is introduced by Congressman Garamendi aiming at energizing American Maritime Act. This legislation is expected to improve American national security by requiring a percentage of exports of Liquefied Natural Gas and crude oil to travel on US-flagged vessels.

EPA to act on waters of the US Rule

In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army has announced its intention to review and rescind or revise the 2015 Clean Water Rule.

Konecranes to deliver 4 Cantilever RMG cranes to Virginia Port

Konecranes will deliver four Cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry cranes to Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal as part of its expansion. The first two cranes will be delivered in the spring of 2018. The last two will be delivered in early 2019. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the value of the contract.

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