Turkey: Environmental Pollution Fines and Recommendations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Turkey has been developing environmental protection for their territorial waters, and significant fines are applicable to vessels that violate Turkish antipollution regulations. Different from the major increase imposed in December 2018, this is a mere adjustment of the fines for inflation that takes place every year. According to the declaration of the Ministry of…

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Iceland – heavy fuel oil banned as of 01 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Government of Iceland has issued a news release stating that, effective 1 January 2020, the permissible sulphur content of marine fuels used in the territorial sea and internal waters of Iceland will be lowered from 3.5% to 0.1%. The Iceland Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources has issued a regulation tightening fuel…

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IMO 2020: Worldwide Scrubber washwater restrictions (update Dec. 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.  A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal states…

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IMO Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3, from 1 Jan 2020

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) These 2019 IMO Port State Control Guidelines are intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of PSC inspections for compliance with MARPOL Annex VI and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies and the application of control procedures. The 2019 PSC Guidelines are applicable from 1 January 2020…

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China issues Guidance on 2020 Sulphur Cap and how it will impact foreign-flagged vessels.

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) China MSA has recently provided guidance on the IMO 2020 sulphur cap implementation scheme, particularly on how it will impact foreign-flagged vessels in Chinese territory. Outside the Chinese designated emission control areas – which are not to be confused with MARPOL Annex VI emission control areas – the fuel sulphur regulations will follow MARPOL…

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EU Maritime law: The Proper Management Of The Waste Produced By A Breakdown On Board A Ship

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Court of Justice of the European Union, by deciding the case C-689/17, dealt with the issue of the proper classification of the “waste” produced by a breakdown on board a ship. All waste intended to be moved between the Member States of the European Union, and outside the European Union, have to be…

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