The Club’s local correspondents in Turkey have issued an important Circular advising that Turkish customs officers have been boarding vessels at random to check/ measure bunker quantities on board in order to verify declared bunker quantities in vessels’ pre-arrival documents. These checks are being carried out under Turkey’s Anti-Smuggling Code (Law numbered 5607). Under Article 3/1 of the Code, any individual found to have imported goods into Turkey in disregard of the customs procedures shall be punished by a prison term of between 1 to 5 years, in addition to a monetary fine of up to 10,000 days*. Please refer to the Circular for additional details.
IMO 2020 – Map on Scrubbers Regulations
Marpol Annex VI requires ships to reduce SOx emissions either by burning low sulphur fuel or by cleaning the exhaust gas. Exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), also known as “scrubbers”, have been fitted onboard many ships as an acceptable equivalent method of compliance under Marpol Annex VI. Many more ships are intending to have scrubbers fitted.
China MSA’s Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap – Additional guidance on compliance
Members are reminded of the MSA’s Guidance on its Implementation Scheme of 2020 Global Marine Fuel Oil Sulphur Cap (“the Scheme”) announced on 23 October 2019.
It has been an unexpected start to the year but we have some exciting news!It has been an unexpected start to the year but we have some exciting news!
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Our correspondent Antarica Group have provided the following update regarding the risk of Coronavirus spreading in Russian ports.
USCG – Novel Coronavirus update
The US Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 02-20 (Change 1) entitled ‘Novel Coronavirus – Update’. Among other things, it states that the Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if a crewmember who was in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14-days is brought aboard the vessel during transit. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP. (3/9/20)
A correspondent has provided the following update regarding recent practices at Turkish ports.
Correspondents GAC Dubai has provided the following update regarding vessel crew changes and disembarking restrictions at Abu Dhabi and Saudi ports.
Correspondents O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd has provided the following update regarding measures adopted by the main Black Sea ports against COVID-19.
COVID 19 - Latest Instruction related to Passenger Vessels, Vessels Carrying Passengers, Service Boats and Crew Changes
Correspondents O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd has provided the following update regarding Passenger Vessels, Vessels Carrying Passengers, Service Boats and Crew Changes issued by the authorities in Malta.
Our correspondent GAC has provided the attached update regarding the latest Visa/Travel restrictions issued by Bureau of Immigration in India.
2nd Update - Novel Coronavirus: Measures being taken by Korean Authorities at Korean ports in respect to COVID-19
Our correspondent Avast has provided the following update regarding the latest measures taken by Korean authorities in Korean ports