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May 2017

Crewless ships, cyber security and ballast water issues top agenda for Marine Committee

A broad range of “hot” industry issues kept BIMCO’s Marine Committee busy at its recent meeting at BIMCO House.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the April 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. 

EU MRV Regulation and approved Verification Bodies

Now 11 verification companies have been approved as verifiers to EU MRV Regulation.

IMO’s Legal Committee encourages ratification of 2010 HNS Protocol

At last week’s meeting of the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), states repeated their support for the international liability and compensation regime for damage in connection with the carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea. 

Call for consistency in application of oil spill compensation provisions

A call for the consistent application of the Civil Liability Convention (CLC) and Fund Conventions was made when the governing bodies of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds met in London on 24 and 25 April. BIMCO was represented as an observer delegation.

Confusion on the use of manoeuvring fuel in the Panama Canal

The use of maneuvering fuel when passing Panama Canal waters has been stated by the Panama Canal Authorities after a change in their notifications.

California State Ballast Water Exchange fines and regulations

Overview of California State Ballast Water Management and noncompliance penalties.

April 2017

Latest information about the implementation of individual ship monitoring plans

Many shipowners are presently struggling with the implementation of individual ship’s monitoring plans (MP) so here is the latest information as guidance.

Califonia State - Ships Fee Increased to $1,000 Effective 1st April 2017

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC) approved regulations that increased the fee paid by vessels with a qualifying voyage arrival at a California port. The fee was increased from $850 to $1,000. The Board of Equalization will begin collecting the increased fee on or after 1st April 2017. The Marine Invasive Species Act requires ships over 300 GRT and carrying or capable of carrying ballast water that arrive at a California port to submit a US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Report to the CSLC.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the March 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 report is also provided.  

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