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  • Draft revised guidelines relating to the reduction of underwater noise from commercial shipping will be considered at MEPC 80 in June 2023.
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    URN guidelines revision to consider cavitation and shaft solutions

    2023-01-31T11:20:00Z

    The next meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) will consider draft revised guidelines covering the reduction of underwater radiated noise (URN) agreed by the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 9) in late January.

  • The EU has reached a preliminary agreement to extend its Emissions Trading System to vessels above 5000GT from 2024.
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    Preliminary EU agreement on extending ETS to maritime sector

    2023-01-24T11:57:00Z

    The EU’s legislative bodies have reached an agreement on including shipping in its Emission Trading System (EU ETS). 

  • IACS Secretary General, Robert Ashdown, said "This project... is indicative of IACS’ ongoing commitment to safer shipping and provides a valuable tool for all other stakeholders who rely on accurate wave data in their work".
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    IACS updates Rec 34 with new wave scatter diagram

    2023-01-13T12:37:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has published a revised version of its Recommendation No. 34, which provides advice on sea states as well as wave spectrum, spreading, heading distribution and vessel speed.

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    Israel brings in 0.1% sulphur cap

    2023-01-09T12:45:00Z

    Pre-empting moves to establish a low emissions zone in the Mediterranean, Israel is bringing forward requirements for ships calling at the country’s ports to burn fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.10%. The new rules will enter force on 23 February 2023.

  • Shipping companies will need to submit UK MRV emissions reports covering 2022 to verifiers.
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    UK delays MRV reporting requirements until 2025

    2023-01-09T12:06:00Z

    The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) expects shipping companies to submit Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) emissions reports to verification bodies covering 2022 in early 2023.

  • MEPC 70 confirmed that a Mediterranean sulphur emission control area (SECA) would come into effect from 1 May 2025.
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    MEPC79: No change to GHG targets

    2022-12-20T10:57:00Z

    The 79th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 79) was held from 12 to 16 December 2022, with no change to GHG targets agreed on.

  • CII regulations do not adequately take into account the greater complexity and different sailing patterns of chemical parcel tankers compared with product or oil tankers.
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    CII rules for chemical tankers criticised

    2022-12-15T10:49:00Z

    Stolt Tankers says the the CII is causing headaches for the chemical tanker segment and may even prove counter-productive when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

  • Oldendorff believes that the most efficient way to ensure long term emission reductions is to focus on building the most modern eco ships.
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    Industry speaks out on IMO GHG strategies

    2022-12-08T11:27:00Z

    Ahead of the IMO’s MEPC 79 meeting next week, Intercargo and Oldendorff Carriers have raised concerns about the GHG Strategy and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).

  • Dr Martin Kröger of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) welcomed the provisional agreement, but noted that international market-based measures from the IMO would have been preferable.
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    EU to ringfence some ETS funds for shipping

    2022-12-01T10:57:00Z

    The EU’s on-going negotiations on the EU ETS for maritime has resulted in an agreement that at least 20 million ETS allowances (equivalent to EUR1.5 billion at the current ETS carbon price) will be allocated to maritime projects under the Innovation Fund.

  • The IMO provides detailed recommendations for entering enclosed spaces aboard ships
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    IMO commits to addressing enclosed space risks

    2022-11-29T10:32:00Z

    InterManager has welcomed a commitment by the IMO to review guidance governing safe working in enclosed spaces onboard ships.

  • A coalition of European stakeholders have reiterated their call for regulators to earmark ETS revenues from shipping back to the maritime sector.
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    Industry has last minute say on EU ETS

    2022-11-22T06:00:00Z

    As negotiations on the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS enter the final stretch, European stakeholders have reiterated their call to regulators to earmark ETS revenues from shipping back to the maritime sector.

  • MSC 106 concluded its session at the IMO in London on 11 November 2022.
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    MSC106 requires flashpoint on bunker delivery note

    2022-11-14T13:01:00Z

    The 106th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 106) was held in London, UK, from 2 to 11 November and adopted changes relating to bunker delivery notes, surveys and inclinometers.

  • The IMO’s EEXI and CII regulations entered into force on 1 November 2022.
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    CII and EEXI enter into force

    2022-11-01T09:55:00Z

    The IMO’s Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and carbon intensity indicator (CII) regulations enter into force on 1 November 2022.

  • ECSA and ESPO are among the European maritime organisations calling on the European Parliament to earmark maritime ETS revenues for the maritime sector.
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    EU maritime industry calls for earmarking of ETS revenues

    2022-09-30T09:33:00Z

    European shipping organisations have called on EU Member States and the European Parliament to earmark the revenues generated from the inclusion of the shipping sector in the EU ETS for the maritime sector.

  • Draft SOLAS requirements on the mandatory reporting of lost containers at sea were approved at CCC 8 held on 14-23 September 2022.
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    IMO tightens requirements for reporting lost containers

    2022-09-28T11:39:00Z

    The IMO agreed draft SOLAS requirements on the mandatory reporting of lost containers at sea at the eighth session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 8) held 14-23 September, 2022.

  • A joint working group at the IMO addressing high-priority issues relating to the legal and safety issues connected with autonomous shipping has agreed a draft work plan.
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    IMO agrees autonomous ship draft work plan

    2022-09-14T11:46:00Z

    The IMO has held the first session of a joint working group to address high-priority issues relating to the legal and safety issues relating to autonomous shipping.

  • ClassNK and Sompo Japan Insurance are pooling their knowledge to create risk assessments for autonomous ship operation Photo: ClassNK
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    ClassNK releases update on strength assessments

    2022-08-30T07:57:00Z

    ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Direct Load Analysis and Strength Assessment (Edition 2.0), which clarifies the requirements for more rational structural design reflecting the latest structural strength assessment methods based on R&D outcomes.

  • The introduction of mandatory BWMS commissioning testing requirements on 1 June 2022 will demonstrate the importance of installation oversight by the equipment manufacturer, Ecochlor CEO Andrew Marshall believes.
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    Key Ballast Water Issues Not Resolved After MEPC 78

    2022-08-26T09:45:00Z

    In June 2022, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 78th session agreed in principle to develop a Ballast Water Management Convention Review Plan after a review of the experience-building phase. The Motorship spoke to key stakeholders to get their views on where the issues lie.

  • The IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments has failed to agree on whether poor CII performance should be a detainable deficiency.
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    CII won’t be detainable deficiency

    2022-08-02T11:03:00Z

    The IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments has failed to agree on whether poor CII performance should be a detainable deficiency. 

  • Requirements for all tugboats and towboats in the US to carry a Coast Guard-issued Certificate of Inspection (COI) to operate came into force on 19 July.
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    Subchapter M deadline arrives

    2022-07-20T14:58:00Z

    From 19 July, all tugboats and towboats in the US must carry a Coast Guard-issued Certificate of Inspection (COI) to operate.