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Strict New Zealand rules for managing biofouling will come into force in May 2018

Stricter biofouling rules for ship calling New Zealand beginning May 2018. Marine pests and diseases introduced to New Zealand on ship hulls are a potential threat to the marine environment and resources. From May 2018, all commercial and recreational ships arriving in New Zealand will need to have a clean hull.

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May 2018

US regulations affecting your ships - get the April 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA April report is also provided.

April 2018

Strict New Zealand rules for managing biofouling will come into force in May 2018

Stricter biofouling rules for ship calling New Zealand beginning May 2018. Marine pests and diseases introduced to New Zealand on ship hulls are a potential threat to the marine environment and resources. From May 2018, all commercial and recreational ships arriving in New Zealand will need to have a clean hull.

IMO adopts important steps towards decarbonisation

MEPC held this week, adopted a new initial IMO strategy of GHG emissions of ships, which will pave the way for decarburization.

New emissions-strategy adopted at IMO

BIMCO is very satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Marine Environment Protection Committee on April 13. The strategy outlines a target to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 while pursuing efforts towards phasing them out.

BIMCO applauds new IMO emissions-strategy

“The IMO has done something no one has done before: set an absolute target for emission reductions for an entire industry. It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for inspiration,” says Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General and delegate at the IMO meeting.

IMO may approve prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil in 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) will meet next week, where a prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil with a sulphur content exceeding 0.50% is on the agenda.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the March 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA March report is also provided.

March 2018

Ukraine – Ballast water inspection problems

As reported some years ago under the heading "Ukraine Ballast Water Problems in Ports" this still seems to be a problematic issue as BIMCO has received an update from the the Japan Ship Owners' Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association.

USCG A closer look at NVIC 01-18 and BWMS compliance date extensions

The USCG recently published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-18, “Ballast Water Management For Control Of Non-Indigenous Species In Waters Of The United States.” Further to the NVIC 01-18 have the USCG published guidance on the NVIC 01-18 regarding requests for compliance extensions.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the February 2018 update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA February report is also provided.