Category archives: Regulations

Appeals Tribunal upholds AMSA ship detention

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s decision to detain a Hong Kong flagged container ship which dumped food waste in close proximity to Fraser Island in May was affirmed by ...

Optimarin first BWT system supplier to obtain USCG approval

Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin is celebrating after becoming the first system supplier to gain full USCG type approval. The development, which adds to IMO approval and certification ...

Princess Cruise Lines to pay largest-ever penalty for pollution

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. Princess ...

Jotun believes the new ISO 19030 standard can make $30billion impact on the industry

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has now published the long-awaited ISO 19030, a new standard conceived to measure changes in ship-specific hull and propeller performance.

According to Jotun, which ...

EC approves merger between Hapag-Lloyd and UASC

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company ("UASC") by Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, subject to conditions. Both companies operate in ...

Cruise lines and European shipowners welcome the revision of port reception facilities directive

The Cruise Lines International Association Europe (CLIA Europe) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) welcome the revision of the European directive on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and ...

ABS classes world’s first Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, is pleased to confirm that the ABS-classed Ethane Crystal, the world’s first Very Large ...

EU should seize momentum to make IMO CO2 roadmap work

ECSA facilitated a debriefing in the European Parliament on the latest decisions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regarding global regulation of greenhouse gas emissions of shipping.

Focus of the ...

ICS tells UN Climate Conference that IMO needs to agree CO2 commitments for shipping by 2018

At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map ...

ICS applauds IMO Road Map for CO2 reduction by international shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has applauded the agreement, last Friday, by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to develop a comprehensive Road Map for addressing CO2 ...

Optimarin secures further US BWT orders as USCG approval approaches

Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a two-system contract with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The agreement, which will see two 500 m3 ...

New requirements for international shipping as UN body continues to address greenhouse gas emissions

An important milestone on the road to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has been achieved with the adoption of new mandatory requirements by the industry’s regulatory authority ...

Wärtsilä well positioned to assist marine sector meet new global sulphur cap

The IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed to implement the global cap on the sulphur content of marine fuels effective from January 2020. Wärtsilä’s proactive ...

Liberia leads drive to ensure effective implementation of BWMC

Liberia is leading a move to amend the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) which will allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 in order to ensure that adequate new ballast ...

BIMCO responds to MEPC 70 decision on 2020 implementation of the global sulphur cap

BIMCO has responded to the decision at the International Maritime Organization’s MEPC on the implementation of the global sulphur cap for shipping. Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General at ...

Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO meeting

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional ...

ECSA: The Polar Code will protect the environment of the Arctic


The International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code) will enter into force on January 2017 and applies to ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. It covers ...

Panama accedes to global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global ...

Shipping industry united in seeking further progress on CO2 at critical IMO meeting

In advance of next week’s critical meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the global shipping industry has called ...

Why do accidents happen? DNV GL reveals the patterns behind incidents and failures

Learning from failures and incidents is essential in a lean and cost effective organisation and is often a fundamental requirement in regulations. However, incidents should not be seen in isolation ...

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