Managing the Manager: a Guide to Yacht Agreements

(Join our newsfeed: http://www.Maritimecyprus.com) Agreements aren’t just paperwork. They are roadmaps for successful and enduring business relationships. And if they’re not drafted as such, they’re forgotten about and only dusted-off when misunderstandings turn to disputes. Most of the many yacht management agreements I’ve seen aren’t fit for purpose at all. They’re normally written in impenetrable…

Flashback in history: Adoption of OPA 90 in USA – 18 August 1990

(Join our newsfeed at http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law in the USA. On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of Alaskan crude into the water of Prince William Sound. There were many lessons learned the aftermath of the Valdez oil spill. Two…

California – New biofouling regulations, effective on 1 October 2017.

(Join our newsfeed at: http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Dear fellow Maritime professionals. The State of California has not forgotten us (like many of us thought). In order to keep everyone busy, and in parallel keep the State treasury full, the California State Lands Commission (SLC) has just reminded everyone that the new Biofouling State regulations become effective on 1…

MRV UPDATE – EMSA THETIS MRV – CO2 emissions reporting system is up and running

(Join our newsfeed at http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a press release stating that a monitoring, reporting, and verification system has been launched to help reduce CO2 emissions from shipping at the EU level. THETIS-MRV will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using EU ports to report their CO2…

USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs

The US Coast Guard has announced that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal. Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide…

IMO further pushes back Ballast Water Compliance Dates

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finished up its 71st meeting with new resolutions on Ballast Water Management among others. The most noteworthy resolution to emerge from MEPC 71 was a new implementation scheme for Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements. The new plan requires compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention standards at the…

Paris MOU: Guidelines for the use of Electronic (digital) Certificates

The Paris MOU issued Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates in an effort to regularize the use of such certificates by ships and the recognition of such certificates by port state control officers. Signed paper certificates issued by flag States and recognized organizations authorized to act on their behalf have been the traditional means…