Shipmanagement – Future IMO and ILO legislation coming up (October 2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The latest edition of the upcoming IMO and ILO Legislation is available now from Lloyd’s register. It provides an overview of legislative changes including significant adoptions and upcoming entries into force. This information is recommended for Technical, Safety, Quality, Crewing and Operation departments of Maritime companies, but there is also information relevant for yards and newbuilding departments. We…

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Oil Tanker Spill Statistics 2017 and other Major Oil Spills in History

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) TOPF is a not-for-profit organisation established on behalf of the world’s shipowners and their insurers to promote effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances. Technical services include emergency response, advice on cleanup techniques, damage assessment, claims analysis, assistance with spill response planning and the provision of training and information. Since 1968, ITOPF technical staff have responded onsite…

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International Chamber of Shipping Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) To assist shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced – free of charge – some comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this regulatory game changer. The free ICS guidance has…

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USCG – Voluntary compliance with international sewage regulations MARPOL Annex IV.

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing updated guidance concerning voluntary compliance with the international sewage regulations MARPOL Annex IV. This circular provides guidance for vessel owners or operators as well as manufacturers of any shipboard sewage processing equipment, including facilities that test shipboard sewage and related processing equipment, to…

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Flashback in maritime history – Adoption of OPA 90 in USA – 18 August 1990

  (www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 18 August 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was enacted into law in the USA. On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of Alaskan crude into the water of Prince William Sound. There were many lessons learned the aftermath of the Valdez oil spill. Two of the most obvious…

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Vessel General Permit (VGP) update July 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The Vessel General Permit (VGP) falls under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), better known as the Clean Water Act. It is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency not well known or understood by the maritime industry. For…

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