Legal & Regulations

  • IMO Prioritizes e-Navigation

    The IMO has put e-navigation back on the high-level action plan of the Maritime Safety Committee. The program was to finish this year, but the outcomes achieved at MSC 95 earlier this month mean that work will continue for at least four more years. Five of the six planned work items were approved with the opportunity to re-present the sixth next year.

  • ClassNK publishes fuel regulations at berth in...

    In accordance with “Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation” of the Government of Hong Kong, vessels berthing in Hong Kong waters on or after 1 July 2015 shall be required to use fuel oils whose sulphur content does not exceed 0.5% by weight, liquefied natural gas or other fuels approved by the Hong Kong authorities, ClassNK said in its media release.

  • SOLAS Amendments Agreed for Onboard Lifting

    After more than eight years work, IMO member states have agreed there is a need for an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention covering onboard lifting appliances – cranes, loose gear and winches.

  • China Fines 21 Liner Companies

    Some 21 shipping companies operating on Sino-Japan routes have been fined for violating international regulations on fair competition, China’s Transport Ministry informed.

  • MERS: Potential Charterparty Implications

    South Korea’s current outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been the focus of much international attention. The local impact of the outbreak has been severe, leading to nearly 3,000 schools being closed and over 5,500 people being quarantined as a result of possible contact with infected persons. 

  • IACS and IMO implement unified rules for...

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) will implement unified rules for design and construction of the container ships. The new rules will get into force on July1, 2016 and will be applied for all the vessels built after that date.


Taiwanese Navy Reopens Abuse Case

The Taiwanese navy has reopened an investigation into the 1995 drowning of a seaman overboard from destroyer Nan-Yang. The investigation has heard allegations of abuse prior to the death of Navy Seaman Huang Kuo-chang.


Coast Guard Sets El Faro Hearing Date

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship El Faro and its 33 crewmembers starting on February 16.


Judgment in Dubai Court May Alleviate Chaos Surrounding the OW Bunker Liquidation

The OW Bunker (“OWB”) liquidation in late 2014 sparked turmoil, especially between shipowners, physical suppliers and OWB’s liquidators. In fact, 2015 saw countless ship arrests, lawsuits and demands for payment from physical suppliers and OWB’s liquidators as well as commercially unsound rulings from English Courts (e.g. decision in the Res Cogitans).


Container Vessel Released after Hijacking

A container ship, the Singapore-registered Safmarine Kuramo, has been released after it was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast on Friday night. The crew of 25 are reported to be safe.


Captain Sentenced to Two Years for Prestige Disaster

The captain, the British insurer and the owner of the Prestige tanker that sank in 2002 off Galicia, Spain, have been found guilty for one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters, according to the Spanish Supreme Court.