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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issues "deck cooling during transit" requirement effectively immediately for all crude tankers, product carriers and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less then 18 degrees C.
Chinese regulators have tightened its domestic emission control area regulation (DECA) which came into force on 1 January 2019.
The best performing port, in BIMCO’s Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report 2018, is Szczecin in Poland. The report collected input from 144 ships covering 381 terminals. A total of 97% of the reports were rated as average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five). The result is a marginal better than last year’s results.
Chinese regulators have updated part of its domestic emission control area (DECA) regulations with effect from 1 January 2019 but has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers as reported widely.
China has adopted new regulations concerning the reporting of fuel consumption and energy efficiency with effect from 1 January 2019.
US have changed its law in relation to discharges from ships incidental to its normal operation. A new law, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) establishes a new legal framework for the regulation of such discharges from ships in US waters.
New Zealand enforces strict biosecurity regulations and the latest 'victim' was a vehicle carrier ordered to leave New Zealand due to stink bug contamination.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has decided to prohibit the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems within its port limits, as of 1 January 2020. MPA chief executive, Andrew Tan, announced the new regulation, which is already part of current legislation, in his opening address at the Singapore Registry of Ships Forum.
The Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has passed a new domestic emission control area regulation from 1 January 2019 in their territorial waters.
Preliminary forecast on Baltic ice conditions near Russia as well as for the Gulf of Finland