New MLC consolidated text, including 2014 and 2016 amendments

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The celebration of the ILO Centenary started with the entry into force, on 8 January 2019, of the 2016 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, as amended (MLC, 2006) . Under the amendments, governments and shipowners are expected to adopt measures to better protect seafarers against shipboard harassment and bullying using as a reference the Guidance on Eliminating…

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California provides clarity on its biofouling regulations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The California State Lands Commission emphasizes that the International Anti-Fouling System (AFS) Certificate issued by a vessel’s flag state is not enough to document effectiveness of a vessel’s antifouling coating in terms of preventing the transfer of marine invasive species. The Biofouling Management Regulations that apply to vessels arriving at California ports were adopted on…

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EU – Modernizing ship reporting systems (European Maritime Single Window environment)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Every time a ship stops at a port, it needs to fulfill a number of reporting obligations. The Council today reached a general approach on a proposal to bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call, under a system called a European maritime single window. A single reporting window for ships will significantly…

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Reminder: EU – Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) requirements of the EU regulation concerning ship recycling enters into effect on 31 December 2018 for EU-flagged newbuildings. For existing EU-flagged vessels and for non-EU-flagged vessels, the effective date is 31 December 2020. An Inventory of Hazardous Materials developed in accordance with the Regulation must be compiled taking into account…

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USCG – BWMS update compliance date extensions, type approvals and next steps (October 2018 )

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Continuing USCG coverage of September’s Ballast Water Management and Technology North America conference, staff from the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards and the Marine Safety Center gave conference attendees an update on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water program. Following is a recap of those presentations for our readers who were…

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Maritime Regulations Guidance – Control and Management of Ballast Water

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Loading and discharging ballast water is an essential part of a ship’s operation, with large ships requiring many thousands of tonnes of water to maintain their stability, draft and manoeuvrability. By the very nature of the operation, this ballast water contains hundreds of micro and macroscopic species that will be carried to new destinations…

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