EU MRV and IMO DCS Regulations – Reporting requirements

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In order to reduce emissions from shipping, the European Union (EU) has introduced the shipping Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation, which is designed to gather data on CO2 emissions based on ships’ fuel consumption. In parallel, the IMO has introduced a three-step approach, based on collecting and analyzing fuel consumption data, before agreeing what…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Dec. 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.  A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal states…

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2020 Sulphur Inspection Guidance from the EU (Dec 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) As the global shipping industry prepares for the arrival of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, the operation of ships in a multi-fuel future is a fast approaching reality. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has posted the document Sulphur Inspection Guidance. It is intended to provide guidance to EU port state control agencies for…

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EU extends Cyprus’ tonnage tax system

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Cyprus is an international maritime center, boasting strength, breadth and experience, attracting quality tonnage and increasing numbers of first-rate shipping companies from around the world. The EU Commission, has approved the prolongation of Cyprus’ tonnage tax scheme, which applies to ship ownership, ship management and ship chartering activities. Cyprus was the first ever open…

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IMO Requirements for maintenance of Life/Rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear as of 1 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) From 1 January 2020, maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of the following items shall be carried out in accordance with the IMO Resolution MSC.402(96). Applicability: Lifeboats (including free-fall lifeboats), rescue boats and fast rescue boats Launching appliances as well as on-load and off-load release gears for lifeboats (including primary and secondary…

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European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) 5 year strategy plan for 2020 – 2024

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EMSA has published their 5-year strategy plan for years 2020-2024. The strategy hinges around five priority areas – sustainability, safety, security, simplification and surveillance – and the four key functions of service provider, reliable partner, international reference and knowledge hub. The new strategy reflects EMSA’s important role in the implementation of the European Commission’s…

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