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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IMO Global Maritime Security Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme 2019 Report

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Ongoing threats to the shipping and port sectors continue to evolve and appropriate security measures, therefore, need a multi-agency response. In this regard, the programme kicked-off a new partnership with the Organization of American States Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (OAS-CICTE) and the Regional Security System (RSS) in the Caribbean, bringing together senior government officials…

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USCG and EU sign memorandum on mutually recognized organizations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard and the European Commission (EC) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for oversight of mutually recognized organizations for survey and certification of commercial vessels. The MOC provides a framework for sharing and coordinating information, activities and best practices for oversight of recognized organizations (ROs) that carry out inspection and certification…

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Dealing with Fatigue at Sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Fatigue is a hazard because it may affect a seafarer’s ability to do their job effectively and safely. Importantly, fatigue affects everyone regardless of skill, knowledge and training. The effects of fatigue can be particularly dangerous in the transportation sector, including the shipping industry. All stakeholders should be alert to the factors which may…

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Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU: Prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel (IMO 2020)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU are reminding stakeholders that the ban on carriage of non-compliant fuel enters into effect on 1 March 2020. Due to the long period of advance notice, there will be no phase-in period with respect to enforcement.  The Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on port State…

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USCG enforcement of IMO 2020 sulfur cap

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued Guidance on the implementation of its compliance/enforcement policy for MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14, including the IMO 2020 sulfur cap. This guidance is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, nor is it itself a rule. It is not intended to nor does it impose legally binding requirements on…

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