Seafarers’ identity documents: New requirements enter into force triggering renewed momentum for the ratification of Convention No. 185

  More than 1.5 million seafarers working and living on ships involved in international trade can benefit from the new seafarers’ identity document, which allows them to travel without a visa to join their ships and to disembark in ports. Access to shore facilities and shore leave are vital elements of their general well-being and,…

DNVGL: 100 days to go – are you ready? The BWM Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017

With the deadline getting closer, DNV GL wants to remind you that every ship affected by the BWM Convention must have an International Ballast Water Management Certificate. And, to avoid a last-minute rush: the sooner the better. This news provides an update of some critical issues related to the convention. The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management…

Cyprus DMS consolidated instructions and Guidelines applicable to Private Ship Security Companies

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS), has issued consolidated instructions and Guidelines applicable to Private Ship Security Companies via a new Circular. The content of this Circular intends to provide guidance on several requirements of the Law, and is applicable in cases of submission of an initial application, a supplementary submission after an examination by the Competent Authority,…

Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) and Interorient Shipmanagement cooperate on EU MRV Regulation

Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) has signed an agreement with Interorient Shipmanagement for verification services under Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (known as the EU MRV Regulation). DBS will act as the Verification Body of Interorient Shipmanagement and will assess the monitoring plans as…

US Senate – bill introduced to re-enforce passenger safety on cruise ships

The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) was introduced last week in the US, aiming to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would build on the passenger safety measures signed into law in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA). The bill strengthens crime reporting and video surveillance requirements, improves medical standards,…

IMO releases updated list of Special Areas, Emission Control Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas

Under MARPOL, Special Areas and ECAs are provided with a higher level of protection than other sea areas. While a number of such areas were designated when the 1973 MARPOL Convention and MARPOL Annex VI were first adopted in 1973 and 1997, respectively, additional Special Areas and ECAs have since been designated through the adoption…