EU and DNVGL – FAQ on the implementation of the MRV shipping Regulation

A. The EU MRV is applicable for ships >5,000 GT and for each voyage to, within and from EU (and EFTA) ports. Exempted are warships, naval auxiliaries, fish-catching or fish-processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means or government ships used for non-commercial purposes. Furthermore, it is not applicable…

New Zealand: New requirement for biofouling management coming up on May 2018

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issued a notice announcing that, from May 2018, all vessels arriving in New Zealand must have clean hulls. The Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) has been developed to provide guidance regarding compliance. From May 2018, vessels must arrive in New Zealand with a clean hull. Vessels staying up…

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…