Ship Recycling Loophole – updated EU List of Approved Ship Recycling Facilities

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 31 December 2018, large commercial seagoing vessels flying the flag of an EU Member State may be recycled only in safe and sound ship recycling facilities included in the European List of ship recycling facilities (‘the European List’). The European List was first established on 19 December 2016 and last updated on 22 January…

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USCG enforcement of IMO 2020 sulfur cap

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued Guidance on the implementation of its compliance/enforcement policy for MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14, including the IMO 2020 sulfur cap. This guidance is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, nor is it itself a rule. It is not intended to nor does it impose legally binding requirements on…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Jan. 2020)

(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…

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IACS issues updated Blue Book and Green Book for 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Association of Classification Societies has released the January 2020 edition of the IACS Blue Book and the accompanying IACS Green Book.  Together, these publications summarize the technical output of IACS and, as such, continue to demonstrate IACS’ technical support to the shipping industry through their work and investment in technology, innovation, research and…

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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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Turkey: Environmental Pollution Fines and Recommendations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Turkey has been developing environmental protection for their territorial waters, and significant fines are applicable to vessels that violate Turkish antipollution regulations. Different from the major increase imposed in December 2018, this is a mere adjustment of the fines for inflation that takes place every year. According to the declaration of the Ministry of…

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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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