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…

EU MRV Regulation: Guidelines/ Best Practices published by the EC

The EC has released guidance/ best practices as elaborated with MRV shipping experts. The documents were unanimously endorsed by the representatives of the ESSF Plenary on 30th of June 2017. Experts gathered under two subgroups established under the umbrella of the “European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF)” as follows: the MRV subgroup on monitoring and reporting;…