Regulation

  • The amendments to the FAL Convention are expected to enter effect on 1 January 2024.
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    FAL 46: Single window to become mandatory

    2022-05-18T11:27:00Z

    The IMO’s Facilitation Committee met from 9 to 13 May (FAL 46) and adopted amendments to the Facilitation (FAL) Convention which will make the single window for data exchange mandatory in ports around the world.

  • The decision to apply the polluter-pays principle is consistent with the original ETS, which was designed to abate GHG emissions from heavy industry and power generation.
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    EU commits to “polluter-pays” principle for ETS

    2022-05-18T10:50:00Z

    European shipowners (ECSA) have welcomed the European Parliament’s commitment to enforce the polluter-pays principle, by ensuring the mandatory pass-through of the ETS costs to the commercial operators of the vessels through contractual clauses.

  • Chair of IACS, Nick Brown Photo: IACS
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    New IACS requirements for BWMS take effect from July

    2022-05-09T08:39:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has released a Unified Requirement (UR) relating to fire issues for ballast water management systems (BWMS) on ships, UR F45. 

  • MSC 105 introduced new survey requirements that form part of the regulatory response to the 2017 sinking of the VLOC Stellar Daisy.
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    MSC 105 approves new survey requirements

    2022-05-03T10:16:00Z

    The 105th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) was held from 20 to 29 April, with new Enhanced Survey Programme (ESP Code) requirements agreed to enter into force for bulk carriers and tankers. 

  • IACS Secretary-General, Robert Ashdown, commended the two new URs on cyber safety, which “provide minimum goal-based requirements for the cyber resilience of new ships and for the cyber security of onboard systems and equipment"
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    IACS adopts new requirements on cyber safety

    2022-04-22T09:13:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has adopted two new Unified Requirements (URs) on the cyber resilience of ships.

  • The PPR sub-committee has agreed to develop draft guidelines to permit the use of multiple engine operational profiles, The use of multiple EOPs can be applied to enable the switch between different fuel types on dual fuel engines.
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    PPR 9 considered amendments to NOx Technical Code

    2022-04-13T09:37:00Z

    The IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) held its 9th session virtually from 4-8 April and considered amendments to MARPOL Annex VI and the NOx Technical Code for permitting the use of multiple engine operational profiles as a means of managing NOx emissions performance.

  • Draft guidelines on the delivery of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) water and residues to port reception facilities will be presented to MEPC 78 in June 2022 for further consideration.
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    PPR 9 advances EGCS water discharge guidelines

    2022-04-12T09:07:00Z

    The IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) held its 9th session virtually from 4-8 April and advanced guidelines on the delivery of exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) water and residues to port reception facilities.

  • A number of IACS members (such as DNV, pictured) had introduced the option of remote classification surveys for some inspections before the pandemic.
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    IACS publishes Unified Requirement on remote classification surveys

    2022-04-08T09:32:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has published Unified Requirement UR Z29 to provide uniform guidance and requirements for remote surveys.

  • The USCG's final policy letter is not likely to alter MPN acceptance in the near term, Jed Mouawad of Mouawad Consulting said.
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    US Coast Guard to further evaluate MPN method

    2022-03-31T10:59:00Z

    Another step forward has been taken in the US Coast Guard’s consideration of type approval procedures for UV ballast water management systems (BWMS) that can render organisms permanently incapable of reproduction, nonviable, without necessarily killing them.

  • New MARPOL Annex VI requirements to fit or designate fuel oil sampling points entered into force on 1 April 2022.
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    Fuel oil sampling points become mandatory

    2022-03-31T10:10:00Z

    MARPOL Annex VI requirements to fit or designate fuel oil sampling points enter into force on 1 April 2022.

  • BV's new rule note, NR 547, covers safety requirements for ships using any type of fuel cell technology.
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    Safety of Maritime Fuel Cells Focus of New BV Rule Note

    2022-03-29T10:29:00Z

    A new rule note (NR547) addressing the safety requirements of fuel cell power systems on board ships has been released by Bureau Veritas (BV). The rule note covers safety requirements for ships using any type of fuel cell technology, providing rules for the arrangement and installation of fuel cell power ...

  • A study commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam from CE Delft found a number of scenarios where the extension of the ETS to shipping could impact the competitive position of EU seaports compared to non-EU ports.
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    CE Delft reports on potential impacts of ETS extension

    2022-03-28T10:11:00Z

    The Port of Rotterdam has commissioned CE Delft to investigate the proposed extension of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to the maritime sector.

  • Draft lifecycle GHG and carbon intensity guidelines for marine fuels are intended to be finalised at MEPC 79 in December 2022.
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    IMO’s life cycle GHG emissions guidelines expected in December

    2022-03-22T11:00:00Z

    The IMO’s Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 11) met 14-18 March, noting the urgency of the development of draft lifecycle GHG and carbon intensity guidelines for marine fuels and therefore decided to aim to finalise draft guidelines at MEPC 79 (12-16 December). 

  • A number of yards in Alang, India have made major strides in upgrading ship recycling standards in a bid to attain EU compliance.
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    ECSA backs ship recycling at South Asian yards

    2022-03-16T10:24:00Z

    Europe’s biggest shipowner body is throwing its weight behind a controversial proposed amendment to the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation that would effectively make it possible to recycle EU-flagged ships at non-OECD shipbreaking facilities in South Asia.

  • The revision to ABS' Marine Vessel Rules updates guidance in relation to the carriage of electric vehicles on board.
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    ABS updates RoRo fire rules

    2022-03-15T11:30:00Z

    ABS has responded to industry concerns in the wake of recent fires on RoRos by updating its Marine Vessel Rules in relation to electric vehicles on board.

  • The 8th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 8) advanced amendments to address fire safety on ro-ro passenger ships
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    SSE8 agrees ro-ro fire safety amendments

    2022-03-08T10:17:00Z

    The 8th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 8) advanced amendments to address fire safety on ro-ro passenger ships.

  • The IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 8) met during 7-11 February 2022
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    IMO pushes ahead with electronic certificates

    2022-02-17T10:26:00Z

    The IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 8) met during 7-11 February 2022 and advanced regulation changes that will formalise the use of electronic seafarers’ certificates.

  • The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency is bringing in new rules for enclosed spaces from 14 May 2022 for vessels that come under SOLAS.
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    New safety rules for enclosed spaces

    2022-02-16T09:35:00Z

    New UK rules will come into force to strengthen safety measures for those who work in enclosed spaces onboard vessels.

  • The 8th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 8) was held remotely from 7 to 11 February.
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    HTW 8 targets human element

    2022-02-15T09:47:00Z

    Highlighting the human element as a key factor in safety and environmental protection, the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 8) agreed on a revised checklist for considering the human element in the review, development, and implementation of new and existing IMO requirements.

  • The Korean Register (KR) has developed Guidance for Underwater Radiated Noise which aims to help protect marine ecosystems by reducing noise from ships
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    KR launches notation for underwater radiated noise

    2022-02-08T10:32:00Z

    The Korean Register (KR) has developed Guidance for Underwater Radiated Noise which aims to help protect marine ecosystems by reducing noise from ships.