China – New regulations on ECAs effective from 01 Jan 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Ministry of Transportation of China (MOT) has announced a new decree for the re-adjustment of Domestic Emission Control Areas (DECA) in China which will be effective from 1 January 2019. The main points of the re-adjustment are: The scope of DECAs will be extended to 12 nautical miles from the coastline, covering the…

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United Nations – Emissions Gap Report 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The United Nations released the Emissions Gap Report 2018, which shows that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose again during 2017 after a three year hiatus, highlighting the imperative for countries to deliver on the historic Paris Agreement to keep global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It also calls for efforts to limit…

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New guidance for situations involving missing seafarers

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) New guidance on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers has been launched for the benefit of shipping companies and manning agents. The new Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies & Manning Agents working with situations involving missing seafarers has been produced by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and…

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UNCTAD explores 50 years of global Maritime Transport

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Over the last 50 years seaborne trade has seen a remarkable development. Shipping carries the vast majority of international trade with its share ranging between 80 and 90 per cent of trade. This predominance is particularly pronounced in developing countries where trade structures including the low volumes of intraregional trade leave limited space for land transport and air transport.…

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Movers and Shakers – Luc Smulders takes over from Richard Schiferli as the new Secretary General at the Paris MoU on Port State Control

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Mr. Luc Smulders has been appointed as the new Secretary General at the Secretariat of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control. He is succeeding Mr. Richard Schiferli who retired on November 1, 2018 after 29 years of service to the Paris MoU. Mr. Smulders stated: “I am very much looking forward to…

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