Category archives: Regulations

InterManager AGM pledges to focus on seafarers

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has pledged to put ‘people’ at the centre of its focus over the next year.

Addressing this year’s Annual ...

International Chamber of Shipping meets in London

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) representing national shipowners’ associations from the Americas, Asia and Europe met in London last week. Issues discussed included: the ...

Container weight proposal ineffective, say shippers

From September 16th to September 21th the International Maritime Organization will discuss a draft amendment that will make the verification of the weight of every loaded container through a certified ...

ITF applauds MLC detentions

The ITF applauded port state control in Canada and Denmark for their action in detaining two vessels under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – and pointed out how the detentions ...

Shipping management plan for North East available for public comment

The Australian Government has released its plan for managing shipping traffic ahead of projected increases in the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and Coral Sea and is beginning public consultation ...

Shipowners face expensive new regime over ballast water management

Shipowners will soon be obliged to address new and expensive regulations to deal with ballast water. The Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 will require them to understand compliance standards, develop ...

“IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” selected as World Maritime Day theme for 2014

The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2014.

Addressing the IMO Council ...

Five 18,400 TEU containerships to be classed by GL

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has signed a classification agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of five 18,400 TEU containerships. The so far largest container vessels are ordered ...

Port package, Rotterdam against extra bureaucracy

Rotterdam Authority and Deltalinqs (the association of port industries) are afraid that the European Commission’s proposal to appoint an independent supervisor for ports in every Member State will lead ...

Commission proposes upgrade for 300 key seaports

The European Commission has  launched a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline.

The guidelines and legal changes being ...

Cruise industry adopts Passenger Bill of Rights

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that its Board of Directors approved the adoption of a "Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights" detailin CLIA members' commitment to the safety, comfort ...

Interactive Particularly Sensitive Sea Area display launched at IMO

A new interactive display on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSA) has been launched at IMO Headquarters and online at pssa.imo.org/.  

A PSSA is an area that needs special ...

Offshore oil and gas: operators should prove their ability to cover damages

Parliament gave its green light on Tuesday to the new directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. The new rules will require oil and gas firms to ...

IMO approves EEDI for ferries and roro's

A sector-specific Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ro-ro cargo and ro-pax vessels was agreed at last week’s session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee – MEPC 65 ...

Intercargo welcomes new IMO ruling on Port Reception Facilities

Shipowners pleas for greater clarity on what to do when there are no adequate port reception facilities to receive residues including Hold Washing Water (HWW) from cargoes deemed “Harmful to ...

IMO’s GloBallast Partnerships Project wins International Maritime Award

IMO’s GloBallast Partnerships Project, which assists developing countries and their maritime industries for implementation of the international regulations on ballast water management to prevent the spread of alien invasive ...

RS to provide the industry with new standards for Arctic ships

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is to introduce new requirements in its Rules, concerning ships operating in Arctic seas. The requirements refer to damage trim and stability calculations to ...

Tighter discharge regulations should reduce damage to the marine environment

Recent amendments to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) have created a tougher regime for shippers and crews over discharges into the ...

IMO seeks public input on administrative burdens

7 May 2013 marks the start of a six-month consultation period in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will seek widespread input on the administrative burdens that may result from ...

Shipowners and unions raise concern at casualty reporting failures

Shipowners and seafarers' unions have joined forces to express concern at flag states’ failure to submit maritime casualty reports as required under international Conventions. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS ...

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