Australia: Implementation of the 1 January 2020 low sulphur fuel requirement

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This notice is to remind vessel owners, operators, masters and fuel oil suppliers of the global implementation of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI sulphur limit of 0.50 mass per cent concentration (m/m) in fuel oil from 1 January 2020, and to advise on Australia’s approach to…

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Iceland – heavy fuel oil banned as of 01 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Government of Iceland has issued a news release stating that, effective 1 January 2020, the permissible sulphur content of marine fuels used in the territorial sea and internal waters of Iceland will be lowered from 3.5% to 0.1%. The Iceland Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources has issued a regulation tightening fuel…

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CLIA 2020 Report: State of the Cruise Industry Outlook and Cruise Travel Trends

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, is releasing the 2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report. According to the analysis, cruising sustained 1,177,000 jobs equaling $50.24 billion in wages and salaries and $150 billion total output worldwide in 2018. The report also finds an industry-wide commitment to responsible tourism practices, with a focus on environmental sustainability and…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Dec. 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.  A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal states…

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2020 Sulphur Inspection Guidance from the EU (Dec 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) As the global shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, the operation of ships in a multi-fuel future is a fast approaching reality. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has posted the document Sulphur Inspection Guidance. It is intended to provide guidance to EU port state control agencies for…

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Updates and Reminders on the Use of Exhaust Gas Scrubbers in US Waters (IMO 2020 sulphur cap)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The USCG issued an update to their policy letter, CVC Policy Letter 12-04, to remove a request for correspondence from Flag administrations on granted equivalencies. The USCG will instead be verifying this information through the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). Provided the systems are tested, surveyed, and verified in accordance with MEPC…

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IMO Requirements for maintenance of Life/Rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear as of 1 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 1 January 2020, maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of the following items shall be carried out in accordance with the IMO Resolution MSC.402(96). Applicability: Lifeboats (including free-fall lifeboats), rescue boats and fast rescue boats Launching appliances as well as on-load and off-load release gears for lifeboats (including primary and secondary…

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IMO Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3, from 1 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) These 2019 IMO Port State Control Guidelines are intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of PSC inspections for compliance with MARPOL Annex VI and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies and the application of control procedures. The 2019 PSC Guidelines are applicable from 1 January 2020…

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European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 5 year strategy plan for 2020 – 2024

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EMSA has published their 5-year strategy plan for years 2020-2024. The strategy hinges around five priority areas – sustainability, safety, security, simplification and surveillance – and the four key functions of service provider, reliable partner, international reference and knowledge hub. The new strategy reflects EMSA’s important role in the implementation of the European Commission’s…

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