Sovcomflot’s privatisation due in May

Sovcomflot’s (SCF) privatisation will not happen before May, 2017, Russia’s Economy Minister, Maxim Oreshkin reportedly said, according to TASS news agency. Russia owns 100% stake in the company and agreed to sell 25% stake in January when President Vladimir Putin revealed plans to sell stakes in state-owned companies, including Rosneft, Bashneft, VTB and Alrosa, last…

DBS among the first accredited EU-MRV Verification Bodies

Succeeding an audit by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) has been accredited against the ISO 14065 standard to provide worldwide services related to Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (known as the EU-MRV Regulation). DBS can provide the following…

DNVGL: New carriage requirements for all IBC Code listed products

The IMO is reassessing carriage requirements for products listed in the IBC Code (International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals In Bulk). This means the current list of cargo with the Certificate of Fitness will change for chemical tankers. The amendments are expected to take effect 1 July 2020, subject…

USCG updates Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program (March 2017)

This update was issued in response to hundreds of extension requests and dozens of questions received by the Coast Guard, which indicate a widespread misunderstanding of the previously issued guidance, and an associated need for additional clarity and certainty for all stakeholders.The Coast Guard has issued this latest update (March 2017) for the procedures for…

EU Versus Maritime industry over ship emissions (MRV)

By Terry Macalister. The European Parliament has took forward action with shipping industry towards climate change and has outlined plans to include vessels in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Ship owners are furious, claiming it is wrong that they will effectively be charged for carbon pollution in Europe Union waters ahead of any wider international arrangement. But…