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Beware of local restrictions before discharging washwater from exhaust gas scrubbing

The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea. However, some coastal states and ports have implemented local regulations with more stringent requirements that restrict or completely prohibit the discharge of washwater from open loop scrubbers or prohibit the use of scrubbers. We are currently aware ...

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California Suspends Requirements That Ships Use Shore Power While At Berth Out Of Concerns For State’s Electricity Grid

An Executive Order encourages ships at berth in Southern California not to connect to shore power due to local extreme heat event and added strain to the state electrical grid. The extreme heat event is forecast to last through to at least 20 August 2020 and has already caused multiple rolling electricity blackouts throughout the state. The Order suspends through 11:59pm on 20 August 2020 any permit, regulation, or law prohibiting ships from using generators or auxiliary ship engines while at berth. A copy of the executive order is available ...

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The Government of Canada has established speed restriction measures in the Gulf of St Lawrence

With the aim of reducing the risk of ship collisions with North Atlantic right whales (NARW), the Canadian government has implemented speed restriction zones in the Gulf of St Lawrence. A Ship Safety Bulletin was issued on 30 July, that modifies speed restriction zones (effective from 28 April 2020) and implements a restricted area from 2 August 2020 onwards. These measures will remain in force until 15 November 2020. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) publishes monthly Notices to Mariners (NOTMARs), through their Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centres. The ...

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Reducing the risk of collisions at sea

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has published Marine Notice 06/2020 reminding vessel owners, operators, masters, watchkeepers, and other personnel involved in the navigation of vessels, of the importance of adhering to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGs). Investigations into 41 collisions over 26 years have identified failure to maintain a proper lookout and to take early avoiding action as common contributing factors to collisions and AMSA emphasises that watchkeepers need to be aware that any distraction from their duties can have a negative impact on ...

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TT Club Issues Fresh Guidance on Tank Container Operation

Tank containers have been used in the international supply chain to distribute cargoes for many years. In March this year, ITCO, the International Tank Container Organisation released their 2020 Global tank container fleet survey. While covering a period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey highlighted a slowdown in the growth of the global fleet in 2019 (7.88%) versus 2018 (10.81%). This was partially a consequence of the fall in global trading conditions experienced by many sectors of the container shipping industry. On the positive side however, the fleet continues ...

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Korea requires a document confirming negative COVID-19 PCR test result for crew coming from Russia, Philippines releases new procedures for crew change

Sailors aboard ships from Russia are required to submit certificates showing they have tested negative for the coronavirus upon entry into South Korea. The new rule, which came in to effect last week, comes amid a spike in cases of COVID-19 among crew of Russia-flagged vessels. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the sailors must obtain their PCR test certificates 48 hours before departure. According to the health ministry, most cases of infections from Russia have been reported at ports and not airports. Since June 22, more ...

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USCG releases new ballast water management reporting form

Under the US National Invasive Species Act of 1996 all ships arriving in United States must complete and submit a ballast water information report to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC). The aim is to quantify the amounts and origins of ballast water discharged and to determine the degree to which such ballast has undergone treatment or open ocean exchange. Vessels exempted from submitting NBIC reports can be found in 33 CFR 151.2015. NBIC is a joint programme of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Smithsonian Environmental Research ...

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Legal eagle: know the shipper

This judgment sets out a useful analysis of contracts where a court will examine the conduct of the parties and surrounding circumstances to reach a conclusion. Carriers should be alerted to the importance of knowing who they are dealing with, ensuring that the shipper on a bill of lading is correctly identified. The facts MVV contracted with RockSolid BV to carry consignments of waste (unprocessed incinerator bottom ash) from its electricity production plant in Plymouth, England to RockSolid’s plant in the Netherlands for treatment and disposal. Risk and title transferred ...

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Hull Coatings – A Slippery Subject

All manner of other substances, such as bitumen, mercury and arsenic have been used as hull antifouling coatings over subsequent centuries. Today the underwater hull of a vessel is protected by coatings comprised of individual compounds to prevent corrosion and fouling integrated into a multi-coat system. What are antifouling coatings? Antifouling coatings are technical paint systems that are applied to a ship’s underwater / wetted area of the hull to deter the settlement of fouling species. If the coating system is not properly selected or specified, regularly inspected and cleaned, ...

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TT Talk – Limited quantities

Non-declared or mis-declared cargo entered into the international supply chain, vastly increases the risk to cargo, property, the environment and most importantly the lives of all individuals moving the goods. While problematic for all categories of cargo, classified dangerous goods (DG) in particular pose the greatest challenges. The correct declaration of cargo is dependent on several factors, including expertise, knowledge and training. Ignorance of the underpinning regulations, and for international shipments, how those regulations interact with one another has the potential to result in unintentional mis-declaration. Compliance however also requires ...

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New Revised People’s Republic of China (PRC) Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes – effective 1 September 2020

The current PRC Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes (previously revised in 2015) prohibits the import, dumping and disposal of both solid wastes, unless subject to a specific import license, and hazardous wastes. Those solid and hazardous waste products that are currently prohibited from import and those that are subject to an import license are listed in respective catalogues published by competent departments of the PRC – see below. The applicable licensing regime has been in effect in the PRC since 1 August 2011. ...

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Electronic navigation aids: The radar

Accidents at sea continue to occur where the primary cause is the failure to properly check/verify the operation of electronic navigational aid(s). In order to prevent such incidents, it is important that the bridge team fully understands the operating principle of each equipment in use and the factors that may affect the accuracy of the information displayed. In this instance, our focus is on good bridge practices when operating radars. As we have recently experienced, failure of the radar to pick up a target at close range can result in ...

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Regional sulphur emission limits at a glance

From time to time Members and clients contact Gard to ask for advice when a ship has been fined for burning non-compliant fuel in a port or waters where special sulphur emission regulations apply. In some cases, ships may have unknowingly burned fuel with a sulphur content exceeding the permissible limit, e.g. because the bunker delivery note (BDN) was not accurate. However, most instances of non-compliance happen because ship operators and crews were not fully conversant with the local air pollution regulations in force. A number of regions, states and ...

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Concirrus rewrites digital insurance submissions

Leading insurtech, Concirrus has announced the launch of a new submissions module designed to help marine underwriters accelerate the digital assessment of new business. It is the latest in a series of releases aimed at providing a complete solution for digital insurance and algorithmic powered syndicates. Concirrus’ Product Director, Will Panchaud comments: “We’re heading into an age of automation and AI as the insurance market becomes increasingly digital. It has never been more important to make the underwriting process as efficient as possible. Our new submissions module helps underwriters spend ...

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New Revised People’s Republic of China (PRC) Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes – Effective September 1, 2020

Executive summary The current PRC Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Wastes (previously revised in 2015) prohibits the import, dumping and disposal of both solid wastes, unless subject to a specific import license, and hazardous wastes. Those solid and hazardous waste products that are currently prohibited from import and those that are subject to an import license are listed in respective catalogues published by competent departments of the PRC – see below. The applicable licensing regime has been in effect in the PRC since August ...

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