Update on low sulphur fuel requirement to be implemented in all ports within Yangtze River
Low sulphur fuel requirements were implemented in all ports within the Yangtze River from 1st September 2017. The UK P&I Club have received the following update from its local correspondents on the issue.
UK Club correspondents have issued a circular on the low Sulphur fuel requirement to be implemented in all ports within Zhejiang ECA, China which include Ningbo, Zhoushan, Jiaxing, Taizhou, etc. from 1st Sep 2017.
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.
As from May 2018, it will be compulsory for vessels calling at ports in New Zealand to comply with the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for biofouling
ECM Client Alert 10-2017: Panama Canal Advisory A-15-2017 - Modification to Fuel Requirements in Canal Waters
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a new Advisory A‐15‐2017 which clarifies certain issues relating to requirements under the ACP's fuel regulations for all vessels transiting the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal Authority issued and released the attached Advisory to Shipping No. A-04-2017 regarding manoeuvring requirements in Panama Canal waters.
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) latest press release is on the downward trend in oil spills from tankers.
The lengthy judicial proceedings in the French courts arising out of the sinking and massive oil spill from the tanker ERIKA off the coast of Brittany in December 1999, gave rise to numerous questions regarding the interaction between the international oil pollution liability conventions as incorporated into French law and other French legislation which claimants argued should apply. As a result legislation has been passed by France since the ERIKA judgements in an attempt to codify the Erika jurisprudence.
ECM Client Alert 25-2016: USCG Issues Type Approval to 2 More Ballast Water Treatment Systems
On 23 December, 2016, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the second U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate.
On 2 December, the USCG issued the first USCG Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer, Optimarin AS, the attached ECM Maritime Services Client alert 24-2016 reports.
The Association has been recently advised of the outcome of the INTERCARGO meeting further to IMO's MEPC 70 meeting held on 24-28 October 2016.
The International Group (IG) has liaised further with the China MSA, and with various ship pollution response organisations (SPROs), Shipowners and other interested parties in order to clarify a number of issues and to work towards ensuring, so far as possible, that there are suitable contractual arrangements in place to permit Members to be able to comply with the Regulations as easily and efficiently as possible.