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November 2018

Singapore MPA to ban use of open-loop scrubbers

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.   

China to release new domestic emission control area regulation

The Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has passed a new domestic emission control area regulation from 1 January 2019 in their territorial waters.

Ice forecast for Baltic Sea near Russia and the Gulf of Finland

Preliminary forecast on Baltic ice conditions near Russia as well as for the Gulf of Finland

Martial law in parts of Ukraine

All Ukrainian ports are working normally. No additional restrictions relating to martial law have been introduced in the ports.

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.

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