Cyprus Flag Administration updates list of approved Private Ship Security Contractors (PSSC) 6 July 2018

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Cyprus DMS has published an updated list of approved private ship security contractors in accordance with Section 84 of the Protection of Cyprus Ships Against Acts of Piracy and Other Unlawful Acts Law 2012. The updated list of contractors certified under Section 22(1) of the law is available on the department’s website. The…

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Vessel General Permit (VGP) update July 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The Vessel General Permit (VGP) falls under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), better known as the Clean Water Act. It is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency not well known or understood by the maritime industry. For…

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Cyprus Flag Administration accepts the use of electronic certificates issued by Recognised Organizations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Cyprus Flag Administration has announced via a circular, that it now accepts statutory certificates issued to Cyprus flagged vessels by Recognised Organizations in electronic form. It is noted that the existing practice of issuance of hard copy certificates is also acceptable. The electronic statutory certificates issued by a Recognised Organization acting on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus,…

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Maritime Law: “Always accessible” – arrival, departure or both?

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) An “always accessible” berth warranty is often used by an owner to transfer the risk of delays in berthing to a charterer. The Commercial Court has now settled the debate as to whether that warranty also transfers the risk of delays in departing the berth post the completion of cargo operations to the charterer. The…

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OCIMF- Vessel Inspection Questionnaires VIQ 7 Released, Effective 17th Sept 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) OCIMF has released their Vessel Inspection Questionnaires Nr. 7 which was on announced some time ago. This is their first revision after the last major revision in year 2013. Its very much evident that the guidance notes are quite detailed in this version of VIQ. Chapter 10 in VIQ 6 has been merged with other chapter…

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GDPR Handbook on European data protection law

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Europe is at the forefront of data protection worldwide. The EU’s data protection standards are based on Council of Europe Convention 108, EU instruments – including the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for Police and Criminal Justice Authorities – as well as on the respective case law of the European Court of Human Rights…

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UK – National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Organisations (OSRO)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued the National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Organisations. Certain UK ports, harbors, oil-handling facilities, and offshore facilities are required to prepare and submit oil pollution preparedness, response, and cooperation (OPRC) plans. From 10 September 2018, guidelines will require that each plan must include a contract…

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