European Maritime Safety Agency drones assist in search and rescue and pollution monitoring operations

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems is being used by the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR in the southern province of Huelva for the purpose of identifying and monitoring oil spills as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions. SASEMAR is using this opportunity to see first-hand how RPAS can…

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IMO Guide on Ship Implementation Plan of the 0.50% sulphur limit under MARPOL Annex VI

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) To assist ship operators and owners to plan ahead for the 0.50% sulphur 2020 limit, the IMO MEPC approved guidance on ship implementation planning. The guidance is part of a set of guidelines being developed by IMO for consistent implementation of the MARPOL regulation coming into effect from 1 January 2020. Details MEPC 70…

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INTERPOL heads worldwide crackdown on criminal maritime pollution

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A worldwide law enforcement effort designed to tackle criminal maritime pollution backed by Interpol and Europol has resulted in the discovery of hundreds of offences and exposed serious cases of contamination across the globe. INTERPOL has issued a news release stating that a month-long international law enforcement operation involving 58 nations revealed more than…

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USA – German Shipping Operator Mineralien Sentenced to Pay $3.2 Million for pollution case

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey B. Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment…

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Addressing marine plastic litter from ships – IMO action plan adopted

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged to address the significant problem posed by plastics to the marine environment, with the adoption of an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships. IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted (on 26 October)…

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ABS Delivers Fuel Advisory Ahead of Impending 2020 Global Sulfur Cap

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) ABS issued the ABS Advisory on Marine Fuel Oil to help industry prepare for IMO’s 2020 global sulfur cap. The Advisory provides owners and operators with industry-leading guidance on the considerations and challenges with marine fuels which are likely to be used in addressing the 2020 global sulfur cap requirements. “The IMO 2020 sulfur cap requirement…

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