IMO: new protocols designed to lift barriers for safe crew changes

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic to all IMO member-states, the UN and other maritime stakeholders. The need for ships to change crews and for seafarers to fly home at the end of their periods of…

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Reminder: New SOx Emission Control Area in South Korea as of 1st September, 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Emission Control Areas (ECAs), are sea areas in which stricter controls were established to minimize airborne emissions from ships as defined by Annex VI of the 1997 MARPOL Protocol. Owners and Shipmanagers are reminded of the upcoming implementation date of the South Korea SOx Emission Control Area. The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MOF)…

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Navigating Legal obstacles: Legal Handbook for the Shipmaster

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The shipmaster must deal with both national and international legislation which applies on all seagoing vessels. Therefore, the purpose of this handbook is to provide a good insight with regard to national and international laws and regulations. The book focuses primarily on the safety of the vessel, the crew, the environment and cargo operations,…

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Cyprus Flag Administration – CoronaVirus affecting Surveys, Audits, Inspections and Crew certification

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In an effort to support shipping companies and owners of Cyprus ships and to enable them to address the difficulties encountered due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Cyprus Flag Administration has issued a new Circular and put in place special arrangements for its smooth operation and the effective provision of services to its clients…

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USA: Singaporean Company Convicted for Concealing Illegal Discharges of Oily Water to the sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Unix Line PTE Ltd., a Singapore-based shipping company, pleaded guilty in federal court to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson of the Northern District of California and U.S. Coast Guard…

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USCG and EU sign memorandum on mutually recognized organizations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard and the European Commission (EC) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for oversight of mutually recognized organizations for survey and certification of commercial vessels. The MOC provides a framework for sharing and coordinating information, activities and best practices for oversight of recognized organizations (ROs) that carry out inspection and certification…

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WHO: Handling CoronaVirus on ships – Obligations of shipowners and shipmanagers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The World Health Organization (WHO) issued Guidance for managing COVID-19 outbreaks on board ships and the obligations of Ship Owners and Managers. This document has been prepared based on the evidence currently available about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission (human-to-human transmission via respiratory droplets or direct contact from an infected individual). It is recommended…

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