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October 2018

Shipowners urged to check coverage as reissuance of Vessel General Permit is delayed

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the awaited third Vessel General Permit (VGP 3.0) will be delayed, putting pressure on shipowners and operators to make sure they are covered prior to the December 18 deadline.

Preliminary ice forecast for new winter season 2018 -2019 for Gulf of Finland

Some provisional ice forecast conditions for the new winter season 2018-2019 on the Gulf of Finland around areas of St.Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Vyborg/Vysotsk.

September 2018

China says no ban on open loop scrubbers in sight

China officials have confirmed that there are no plans to impose a ban on open loop scrubbers in the country, as long as they are in compliance with prevailing regulation.

BIMCO attends IMO meeting to seek harmonization of Port State Control procedures

BIMCO representatives will attend an IMO Sub-committee meeting to help assure a smooth exchange of information in the industry and avoid cases of duplicate entries of national Port Control inspection data.

August 2018

Pest Alert – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Vessels Beware!

Seasonal measures introduced by Australia, New Zealand and Chile to combat marmorated stink bug risk.

Maritime authorities kick off a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on air pollution

The Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control starts a inspection campaign on MARPOL Annex VI (Air pollution) from 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2018 – Checklist and Guidance provided.

Ballast Water - Discussions with USCG on Current Extension Policy

This is an extract of a report 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. The full CSA report is also provided. 

Vessel General Permit (VGP) 3.0 – Where is it?

This is an extract of a report 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. The full CSA report is also provided. 

USCG – Vessel Response Plan – Salvage and Marine Firefighting Geographic Specific Appendices (GSAs)

This is an extract of a report 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. The full CSA report is also provided.