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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IMO 2020 sulphur cap: Restrictions for discharging washwater from Scrubbers

(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,…

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USA – Tanker Owner and Operator to pay $3 million for Air Pollution violation

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that a tanker owner and operator, as well as the master, chief mate, and chief engineer, have been convicted of violation of the air emission regulations for the US Caribbean Emission Control Area (ECA), recordkeeping requirements, and obstruction of justice.  During 26 separate…

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Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% – 2020 sulphur cap marine fuel

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% – sulphur marine fuel released on 20 August 2019. The publication has been developed by experts from across shipping, refining, supply and testing of marine fuels. In October 2016,…

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