First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, has moved a step closer to finishing a global set of guidelines needed to protect the marine environment from invasive species and reduce CO2 emissions. Currently, there is no common global standard for cleaning ships’ hulls to avoid transferring invasive aquatic species, nor for the potentially damaging debris…

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IMO: new protocols designed to lift barriers for safe crew changes

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic to all IMO member-states, the UN and other maritime stakeholders. The need for ships to change crews and for seafarers to fly home at the end of their periods of…

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Shipping industry proposes $5 billion Research and Development fund to help cut emissions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime associations representing 90% of world merchant fleet on Wednesday (18 December) submitted a proposal to form the world’s first collaborative shipping R&D programme to help eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The proposal include a new non-governmental Research & Development organisation to pave the way for decarbonization of shipping. The other highlights of…

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BIMCO and ICS Publish New Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The digitalisation of maritime operations and the reliance on technology and network connectivity for daily onboard and on shore operations means that shipping is vulnerable to the threat of cyber incidents. To help crew prepare, both on the bridge and in the engine room, the new “Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use”…

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BIMCO and INTERTANKO Publish Q&As for Scrubber-Fitted Ships (2020 sulphur cap)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) BIMCO and INTERTANKO have jointly published Q&As addressing the contractual implications owners and charterers should keep in mind when chartering ships fitted with scrubbers. The Q&As highlight the key charter party clauses and concepts which should be reviewed for both time and voyage charter parties. These Q&As have been produced jointly by INTERTANKO and…

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BIMCO – China has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers despite recent news

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Chinese regulators have updated part of its Domestic Emission Control Area (DECA) regulations with effect from 1 January 2019 but has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers as reported widely in the press. In recent days, there has been reports that the Ministry of Transport in Beijing has now banned open-loop scrubbers from…

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