Draft amendments on Steel Ships Guidance

The Korean Register of Shipping issued a draft amendment on the rules for the Classification of Steel Ships Guidance 1 revised section, noting that the Class is committed to developing the Rules to meet the latest technical and customer requirements. Therefore, it calls its members in case of any comments to inform the Class until Friday, June 7, 2019. The existent regulation is… Read more →

52nd Paris MoU Meet in Saint-Petersburg

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) on Port State Control held its 52nd Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, from 13-17 May 2019, chaired by Brian Hogan.  The meeting was opened by Yuri Kostin, Director of Department on State Policy on Maritime and River Transport, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. The Committee reviewed the work… Read more →

MEPC 74: IMO completes 2020 guidelines

The 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) concluded on Friday with a comprehensive set of guidelines for the consistent implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap. IMO also approved draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI relating to enforcement of the 0.50% sulphur limit, with a view to adoption at MEPC 75, under regulations 1, 2, 14… Read more →

2020 sulphur cap would disrupt markets for 1 to 5 years

2020 sulphur cap would disrupt markets for 1 to 5 years According to Boston Consulting Group, IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap will lead to a one to five year disruption in oil and refined products markets. This switch could benefit refiners, producers of shale oil and would reduce prices of HSFO or bunker fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 3.5%. Namely, IMO will mandate ships to… Read more →

IOMoU 2018 Port State Control report

The Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding (IOMOU) on port State control (PSC) in the Indian Ocean region has published their Annual Port State Control report for the year 2018. The port State control system aims to verify whether foreign flagged vessels calling at a port of a State comply with applicable International Maritime Conventions. Each Authority ensures that the foreign… Read more →

IACS issues the annual review for 2018

Throughout 2018, IACS spoke repeatedly and publicly about the winds of change – technical, regulatory and commercial – that are sweeping across the maritime industry. The implications of these seismic changes will be profound and require not only innovative and bespoke solutions, but the adaptation of existing processes and structures to enable member-led associations such as IACS to act with… Read more →

PSC Focus: How vessel type determines PSC performance

performance Normally, a vessel entering a port is possible to be subject to a PSC inspection. The vessel is assessed through the PSC regime assessment procedure in order to be categorized as high/standard/low risk vessel or Priority I,II, Non Priority for USCG. One of the elements that is taken into consideration is the type of vessel. So why the type… Read more →

IMO FAL 43 outcome

Credit: IMO IMO FAL 43 outcome Electronic information exchange and data harmonization, work for a maritime single window and maritime corruption guidance were the key themes on the agenda of IMO’s FAL Committee, during its 43rd session on 8-12 April 2019. IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business approved The Committee approved the revised and updated IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic… Read more →

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Port State Control Report 2018

This report summarizes the PSC activities of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and reports on the performance of commercial shipping companies, flag States and Classification Societies for the 2018 calendar year. The PSC inspection results for 2018 indicated a slight increase in the detention rate of vessels to 5.5 per cent. Despite a similar number of detentions in 2017, 2018 had… Read more →

USCG: More than 25,000 deficiencies reported in 2018

Credit: Shutterstock USCG: More than 25,000 deficiencies reported in 2018 The US Coast Guard launched its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, collecting data from the USCG’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2018 calendar year. The report presents information reflecting the entire U.S. Flag fleet, including barges, cargo vessels, passenger vessels,… Read more →