This Legal Briefing reviews the Regulation's key provisions of interest to Members and provides summary translations of its key articles.
Circular 6/09 (June 2009) Vessel Response Plans (VRPs) – Conformity with International Group Guidelines & other recent developments
The number of jurisdictions that require owners to maintain vessel response plans (VRP) has been increased. This circular reiterates the four areas of importance to the Club when reviewing contracts under VRP requirements. Two annexes to this circular contain the IG guidelines on VRP contracts in the US and outside the US.
Club Circular 15/09 - Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships (January 2010)
This is an update to the Association's circular numbered 12/09, issued in November 2009, regarding new Regulations on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships ("the Regulations") promulgated by the People's Republic of China State Council on 9th September 2009 and due to take effect from 1st March 2010.
Circular 15/09 (January 2010) Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships
No further guidance on requirements for pre-contracting with OSROs has been received from the MSA since the Club's previous circular
Circular 12/09 (November 2009) Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships
China's first comprehensive system of marine pollution regulations take effect from 1st March 2010. The Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) is the enforcing agency for the Regulations supervising and administering prevention and control of marine pollution by ship operations. Before entering Chinese ports, ships carrying polluting hazardous cargo and all other ships over 10,000 gross tons must pre-contract with approved pollution response companies. Compulsory insurance is required to meet Chinese Maritime Code or 1992 CLC and Bunkers Convention where applicable.