Regulation

  • 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.

  • The SOLAS Chapter III amendment clarifies that launch appliances of rescue boats weighing less than 700 kg do not need to have stored mechanical power.
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    SOLAS updates now set for 2024 introduction

    2022-07-04T09:35:00Z

    DNV advises that there are a set of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and associated Codes that enter into force on 1 January 2024.

  • Nick Brown, CEO of LR, chaired the IACS Council meeting this week. He commended the Council's agreement to set up a Safe Decarbonisation Panel.
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    IACS launches Safe Decarbonisation Panel

    2022-06-30T08:45:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Council met in London this week and agreed to set up a Safe Decarbonisation Panel in recognition of the challenge of meeting ambitious targets safely and with the necessary technical underpinning to facilitate early investment.

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    IACS cyber security requirements mandatory from 2024

    2022-06-30T08:34:00Z

    The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has recently published new Unified Requirements (URs) for cyber security that will be mandatory for classed ships and offshore installations contracted for construction on or after 1 January 2024.

  • The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration is introducing rules on 1 July 2022 regarding machinery failures in Shanghai's territorial waterway.
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    New rules for ships entering Shanghai Port

    2022-06-28T09:44:00Z

    Lloyd’s Register reports that new rules for shipowners and ship operators regarding machinery failure in Shanghai Port’s territory come into effect on 1 July 2022. 

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    EU Parliament decides on shipping’s position in ETS

    2022-06-23T09:57:00Z

    On Wednesday 22 June, the EU Parliament adopted its position on some key EU laws that are part of the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package” - the EU’s plan to cut GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and to be net-zero by 2050.

  • IMO will discuss use of HFO in the Arctic at its April MEPC meeting
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    MEPC 78 reviews BWMS experience

    2022-06-16T10:31:00Z

    The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 78th session agreed in principle to develop a Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention Review Plan and established a Correspondence Group to finalise it.

  • Ha conducted a gap analysis based on the cases of a large LNG carrier and a small bunkering vessel for the requirements of the IGC Code, and a large and a small bulk carrier for the IGF Code.
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    Discrepancies between IGF and IGC Codes could cause confusion

    2022-06-13T10:21:00Z

    Senior Surveyor of Korean Register of Shipping, Seung-man Ha, has published a thesis on the regulatory gaps between LNG carriers and LNG-fuelled ships. 

  • MEPC 78 could not reach agreement on more ambitious GHG targets or on the establishment of the International Maritime Research Board (IMRB) and International Maritime Research Fund (IMRF).
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    MEPC78 fails to agree on revised GHG targets

    2022-06-13T10:06:00Z

    The 78th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) met from 6-10 June but failed to reach agreement on more ambitious GHG targets or on the establishment of the International Maritime Research Board (IMRB) and International Maritime Research Fund (IMRF).

  • IMO's MEPC 78 will debate steps to meet IMO ambitions for zero emission shipping by 2050 in June 2022.
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    INTERCARGO: Governments must share the load

    2022-06-10T11:24:00Z

    It would be a mistake to place responsibility for meeting IMO’s zero emission shipping targets fully on the shoulders of the shipping industry, warns INTERCARGO, as the IMO’s MEPC 78 debates steps to meet IMO ambitions for zero emission shipping by 2050 this week.

  • Commissioning testing became mandatory for BWM systems installed on newbuilds on 1 June 2022.
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    BWMS commissioning test requirements enter force

    2022-06-02T06:41:00Z

    Commissioning testing is now mandatory for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) installed on newbuilds and existing ships of all flag administrations when the initial BWMS commissioning survey is completed on or after 1 June 2022.

  • The working group will discuss the potential development of a basket of medium-term measures following the discussion of its draft guidelines at its June MEPC 78 meeting.
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    IMO finalises CII guidance

    2022-05-25T09:32:00Z

    The IMO’s ISWG-GHG 12 GHG Working Group has finalised guidance on carbon intensity measures and continued to discuss mid-term measures including carbon pricing.

  • 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.