Category archives: Regulations

BIMCO raises serious concern over data on available fuel ahead of MEPC decision on global sulphur cap implementation date

BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, has today voiced serious concerns about some of the conclusions of the official study that will inform the decision of the MEPC ...

Republic of the Marshall Islands becomes No. 1 flag for world's tanker fleet

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry hit a significant milestone by attaining the status as the world's largest tanker fleet. This status was achieved over the summer ...

World's national shipowner associations press shipping’s global regulator to set timeline for reducing green house gas emissionn

About 90% of global trade is moved by cargo ships which are collectively responsible for about 2.2% of the world's total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions (similar to ...

Videotel’s ballast water management programme updated

Videotel, a KVH company, has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty ...

ITF: refusal of shore leave to Hanjin crews 'a denial of human rights'

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) described the refusal of shore leave to seafarers on board Hanjin ships in the USA as a denial of human rights – and praised the ...

Vard Engineering receives DNV GL Approval in Principle for new LNG bunker vessel design

DNV GL has awarded Vard Engineering Brevik AS with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for their new 6,500 m3 bunker vessel design. The design has been evaluated for compliance ...

IBIA welcomes Danish authorities’ clampdown on bunker fraud

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) welcomes the fact that Danish authorities have investigated and sought to bring to justice fraudulent activities allegedly perpetrated by a bunkering company in the ...

USCG confirms Optimarin first in line for ballast water approval

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has confirmed that Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has become the first supplier to submit an application for type approval. 

John Mauger ...

Updated Ballast Water Guide keeps pace with evolving regulatory requirements

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design ...

IMO releases new guides for energy efficiency regulations

Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United ...

IMO: More States urged to ratify the London Protocol

Governments have been urged to ratify the London Protocol treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes at sea in order to ensure the universal application of its precautionary approach towards ...

Optimarin USCG type approval imminent as DNV GL submits documentation

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin is on the brink of becoming the first supplier of an environmentally friendly UV-based system to gain USCG approval. 
The Norwegian firm, which has ...

Wärtsilä has been proactive in preparing for ratified ballast water convention

Wärtsilä has proactively planned and developed its range of Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) solutions in anticipation of the ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ballast water ...

Urgent need for Governments to act on ballast water chaos

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) notes Finland’s significant announcement that it has acceded to the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. This suggests that this new regime, to protect ...

BIMCO concerned that the IMO Ballast Water Convention will enter into force 2017

BIMCO is “deeply concerned” that the IMO Ballast Water Convention will enter into force leaving shipowners without treatment systems approved for global use.

Lars Robert Pederson, Deputy Secretary General at ...

Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships ...

Bureau Veritas classes first containership LNG fuel conversion

Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas is to class the first containership LNG–fuel conversion. Haren/Ems-based Wessels Reederei is to convert one of its fleet of 1,036 teu ...

ICS Annual Conference sets the Shipping Agenda

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will focus clearly on its core agenda this year, with experts from key areas of industry across the board speaking at its 2016 International ...

ClassNK releases new PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) software

ClassNK has just released the latest version of its design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) Ver.3.5.0., developed in response to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers ...

The Shipmaster’s Business Self-Examiner published by The Nautical Institute

The tenth edition of this popular guide has been completely revised and expanded to take account of the latest changes to maritime regulations and procedures. It is an invaluable reference ...

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