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.
ECM Client Alert 16-2018: Canada Ship Security Bulletin 07/2018 - Update to Ballast Water Reporting Form
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 07/2018, introducing updates to the Canadian Ballast Water Reporting Form.
The UK Club have received the following update from Dias Marine Consulting, regarding new aspects of ballast problems in Ukrainian ports.
Since 24 types of solid waste were added on to the import ban list on August 10, 2017, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Commerce and two other Ministries of China jointly issued the announcement of the Amendment on Administrative Catalogue of Waste Importation on April 13, 2018. Read more from the UK Club correspondents in the attached Circular.
Foreign shipowners trading with Venezuela should exercise caution to be certain that any remittances made through the U.S.
MARPOL Annex V Garbage Record Book - Liberia Publishes two new Garbage Record Books for Ships
The amendments include revised guidelines and format for the Garbage Record Book (GRB) required to be maintained on board ships. The new revised GRB is divided into Parts I & II.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) recently issued Policy Letter 18-02 providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a U.S. port has an inoperable ballast water management/treatment system (BWMS/BWTS).
Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses the issue of biofouling and how shipowners and crew can benefit by reducing its risk.
Air pollution from maritime transport is a global environmental concern. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working to reduce the harmful impacts of shipping on the environment, but as highlighted in the attached Legal Update, challenges for compliance and enforcement in regards to Sulphur emissions still remain.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world's oceans and coastal ecosystems. Research suggests that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur through biofouling, and new areas are constantly being invaded.
From 1 September 2017, in Jiangsu and Zhenjiang provinces, the requirement of all ships at berth (1 hour after arrival and before departure are excluded) using low sulphur bunker (not exceeding 0.5%mm) is geographically expanded from the major ports to all ports within these two provinces.
South Korea - notice of amendment to the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs
The Club has been advised by our local correspondents that the Korea Coast Guard (former Ministry of Public Safety and Security) issued a notification stating that they have amended the regulations on the imposition and collection of oil spill response costs on 30th June, which will take effect on 1st September 2017.
1137 - 08/17 - Notice of Xiamen Municipal Peoples Government Measures for Upcoming BRICS - Sept 2017
Xiamen People's Government issued a Notice in late July to implement temporary regulatory and control measures over ships in the port area of Xiamen Bay during the upcoming BRIC meeting, which will be taking place from 3rd September to 5th September 2017.