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Crew changes and abandonment top busy IMO Legal Committee agenda

04 December 2020

The Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on a new item for its future work programme relating to fair treatment of seafarers detained on suspicion of committing maritime crimes. At the Committee’s meeting on 27 November and 1-2 December, it also agreed on the development of guidelines for flag and port state authorities regarding how to deal with seafarer abandonment cases.

Amendments to California’s Marine Invasive Species Program will come into force soon

04 December 2020

California has amended regulation in section 2298.5 in Article 4.8 of Title 2, Division 3 of Chapter 1 of the California Code of Regulations. The regulatory changes become effective on 1 January 2021. It changes the way ships should submit information through the Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form.

How to use the IBC Code

03 December 2020

SOLAS Chapter VII part B - Construction and equipment of ships carrying dangerous liquid chemicals in bulk - made the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk, in short - the IBC code - mandatory for chemical tankers constructed on or after 1 July 1986.

US to impose tough Port State Control measures on Cyber risk management

24 November 2020

United States  requires all ships, U.S. flagged ships and foreign flagged ships that call on ports in the U.S, to ensure cyber risk management is appropriately addressed in their safety management system by the company's first annual verification of the Document of compliance after January 1, 2021. Failure to this requirement may result in detention of ship in US port.