Legal & Regulations

  • Improving the lot of Bangladeshi seafarers

    Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 is meant to protect the right of seafarers which is treated as “Fourth Pillar” next to SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is also called “Bill of Right” among the 1.2 million professional seafarers around the world.

  • IMO catalyst for more efficient ships

    “IMO regulations will be a driver and catalyst for a generation of new, more efficient ships” said Stefan Micallef, Director of the Marine Environment Division at IMO, as he concluded his remarks at the 2017 Propulsion and Emissions conference, Hamburg, Germany (10-11 May).

  • Mediterranean fuel oil blenders opt for Baltic...

    Fuel oil blenders in the Mediterranean are opting to buy Mazut-100 from the Baltic amid strong demand for finished-specification RMG as well as cheap freight rates for delivery between the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
     

  • Offshore leasing order a boon: State could...

    President Donald Trump gave Alaska some good news late last week when he signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a plan from President Barack Obama’s administration that banned drilling in parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Though a price slump that began in 2014 has reminded Alaskans to plan for a future in which oil no longer provides the lion’s share of state revenue, the commodity remains a vital part of the Alaska economy and likely will remain so for decades to come. The executive order relating to offshore drilling provides hope that drilling on the outer continental shelf off the state’s northern coast may be allowed again.

  • Costly bilge water non-compliance is subject of...

    A new white paper from Alfa Laval addresses ship owner concerns to ensure vessel compliance with bilge water regulations worldwide. Even if a traditional system with type approval is operating on board, the paper states, there are still risks of violating applicable laws and damaging the marine environment.

  • Shipping industry faces seismic shift in 2020 as...

    In 2020 the shipping industry is facing its biggest change since the shift away from burning coal a century ago as the IMO is set to impose a new 0.5% sulfur cap on marine fuel emissions. S&P Global Platts associate director Paul Hickin and editorial lead for bunker news Jack Jordan assess the readiness of the industry for the changes ahead, as well as the likely options for shipowners in coping with the stricter emissions regulations.

  • Verifavia Shipping First Global Eu Mrv Verifier...

    Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), today announced that it has received a second accreditation by France’s national accreditation body Cofrac as a global EU monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) verifier. This makes Verifavia the first globally accredited verifier to receive dual accreditation under ISO 14065 standard and regulation 757/2015.

  • Authority for Transport in Malta issues Notice...

    EU Regulation 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emission from Maritime Transport (the “Regulation”) has entered into force on 1st July 2015. The Authority for Transport in Malta (“Transport Malta”) has recently issued Notice 133 concerning such regulation.

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First ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP certified Wärtsilä engines is launched

The launch of the L’Astrolabe, a 72 metre polar logistics vessel fitted with a complete Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx Reducer) SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems for all the main engines, took place on July 12. This is the first vessel operating with the International Maritime Organisation’s IMO Tier III EIAPP (Engine International Air Pollution Prevention) certified Wärtsilä diesel engines.

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EU MRV Regulations

The European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport regulation entered into force in July 2015. The regulation contains three parts 

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IMO Needs To Finalise Ballast Water Implementation Dates

The global shipping industry – as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – has urged its global regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to back a carefully crafted proposal, from a broad coalition of governments, concerning the implementation dates for installing complicated new ballast water treatment systems.

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EU ministers agree on good course for maritime transport policy

EU Ministers of Transportation sent a strong signal of continued support for the European maritime sector at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, where the ministers adopted the priorities for the maritime transportation policy until 2020. Danish Shipping believes that the emphasis by Member States on the need for global regulation for a global industry is spot on. Climate change calls for global solutions.

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