PSC spot sampling of ships’ fuel – Prepare your crew

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) “Prepare crews for PSC spot sampling of ships’ fuel”. This may seem like pretty minor advice at a time when shipowners are in the midst of preparing their fleets and crews for compliance with the 2020 global sulphur cap. Onboard spot sampling of ships’ fuel is nothing new. Since the 0.10% sulphur cap entered…

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Ukraine revises its ballast water regulations and control in ports

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Ballast water sampling and analyzing in Ukrainian ports for “ecological control” has been an issue for some time. Under the new regulation inspections of segregated ballasts by ecological inspectorates in Ukrainian ports will be temporarily prohibited. Recent information from our correspondents comes as a ray of hope as far as compliance with ballast water regulation in…

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Forget about VGP – Welcome the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) VIDA restructures the way EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulate incidental discharges, primarily from commercial vessels, into waters of the United States and the contiguous zone. Specifically, VIDA amends Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 312 to include a new subsection (p) titled “Uniform National Standards for Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of…

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First Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea published

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea‘ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. The Declaration was first announced to students in Malta on 4…

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New guidance available on Arrested and Detained vessels and Abandoned Seafarers

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) New guidance is now available to assist welfare organisations dealing with incidents of seafarers being abandoned and vessels being arrested or detained. The booklet, entitled Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers, has been produced by ISWAN in partnership with InterManager, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and the…

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IMO – Electronic information exchange mandatory for ports from 8 April 2019

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into effect from 8 April 2019. The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the…

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Statutory IMO requirements entering into force from July 2018 to May 2021

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO can be a challenge. You can see below a summary of the most important IMO requirements entering into force from July 2018 to May 2021 to help Owners/Managers with implementation. This information is recommended for Technical, Safety, Quality and Operation departments of shipping companies, but there…

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