North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA – Understanding Compliance Issues

The US EPA, in response to repeated questions regarding ECA compliance issues, has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document. Situations addressed range from handling of exhaust gas scrubber effluent, NOx Tier III compliance for dual fuel engines and fitting of non-Tier III compliant engines on vessels constructed on/after Jan 1, 2016. The document is intended…

Enclosed space – ship safety rule (portable atmosphere testing equipment) entered into force 1 July 2016

A new regulation aimed at protecting seafarers who need to enter enclosed spaces, by requiring ships to carry portable atmosphere testing equipment on board, entered into force on 1 July 2016. Seafarers may be called upon to enter enclosed spaces on ships to manage or obtain equipment, assist a colleague or to inspect vital engine…

Statutory IMO and ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018

Keeping updated on new and retroactive requirements from IMO/ ILO can be a challenge. DNVGL has provided a summary of the most important IMO/ ILO requirements entering into force from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2018 inclusive to help Owners/Managers with implementation. This information is recommended for Technical, Safety, Quality and Operation departments of shipping…

Statutory requirements, mandatory audits and other amendments that entered into force on 1 January 2016

A number of important amendments to IMO treaties entered into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme. Other amendments entering into force include SOLAS amendments to require inert gas systems on board new oil and chemical tankers of 8,000 dwt…

Health and safety professionals welcome new offshore industry rules

Revised offshore safety case regulations in the UK will help to safeguard both workers and the environment, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015) came into force earlier this month. They apply to all oil and gas operations in…