The UK Club has received the attached circular from our local correspondents, Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd, regarding the prohibition of discharging waste water generated by open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (Scrubbers) within Emission Control Areas in China.
Reference is made to the most recent update from the Club, giving notification of the new tariff for pollution fines in Turkish waters. Particular attention should be given to the fact that these administrative fines imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to the Turkish Environmental Code (EC), are drastically increased in comparison to previous tariffs.
China ECAs - Members are reminded that from 1 January, 2019, all seagoing ships sailing in Chinese territorial waters will need to use fuel with a sulphur content of no higher than 0.5% m/m
Members’ attention is drawn to an Advisory to the Maritime Petroleum Shipping Community issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) on November 20, 2018 setting forth a strong warning against transporting petroleum to the Syrian Government. This Advisory has been received from U.S. Lawyers, Freehill, Hogan and Mahar.
New approach to effective detention of ships in the Ukrainian ports taken by the Ecological Inspection
The UK P&I Club have received an update from local correspondents, Dias Marine Consulting, regarding detention of ships in Ukrainian ports.
ECM Client Alert 25-2018: Updated IMO List of National Contact Points & SOPEP/SMPEP Annual Review
The UK Club have received the following client alert from ECM Maritime Services, regarding the updated IMO list of national operational contact points, as well as the SOPEP/SMPEP annual review.
1158 - 10/18 - New regulations for maritime traffic at Barcelona Port during specific meteorological conditions
The Club has recently been notified by our correspondent in Spain, INDECO Maritime and Transport Services, of new regulations regarding maritime traffic at the port of Barcelona during specific meteorological conditions.
1157 - 10/18 - Cash to Master - Algeria
The Club has recently handled two separate incidents in Algeria where crew members taking cash to the Master of the ship have had the cash confiscated by the Algerian Customs, as well as a fine imposed for twice the amount of the cash value.
Members are referred to the Alert issued by the Association on 21/04/2017 relating to the Panama Canal Advisory A-15-2017: Modification to Fuel Requirements in Canal Waters.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated list of national operational contact points dated July 31, 2018.
This Legal Briefing provides a quick overview of the cabotage regimes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Peru and the United States, highlighting the restrictions, the exceptions, and penalties for violating these regulations.
The Club has learnt that Paris MOU, Tokyo MOU, Indian Ocean MOU and Black Sea MOU port state control (PSC) regimes have agreed to focus on the prevention of air pollution by ships during their forthcoming concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) - 1 September 2018 and 30 November 2018.
The UK Club have received the following update from Dias Marine Consulting, in regards to current ballasting issues in Ukrainian ports.
1152 - 07/18 - Waste ban in Thailand
Members are advised that the government in Thailand is implementing strict measures to ensure that prohibited plastic waste is not permitted to be imported or entered into the country. This follows a recent national police investigation, with the discovery of smuggled & prohibited waste.