The following table lists countries which have imposed bans on vessels fitted with open-loop SOx scrubbers calling at their ports, and on the discharge of washwater from these scrubber systems within their port waters.
The California State Lands Commission has issued an update regarding Assembly Bill (AB) 912 being signed into law. The AB will bring in the following changes to the Marine Invasive Species Act as from 1st January 2020:
The UK Club have received the following circular from local correspondents Proinde, regarding an extensive oil spill in Northeast Brazil and its impact on shipping activities in the region.
On 2 October 2019, Thomas Miller Americas (TMA) held its Annual Bodily Injury Seminar for its Members at TMA's office in New Jersey.
Carefully to Carry - Cargo tank preparation and cleaning for general products and chemicals
Product and chemical tankers are often required to carry a wide variety of different liquid cargoes. The proper cleaning and preparation of cargo tanks and lines after one cargo and before loading a dissimilar commodity is of utmost importance if successive cargoes are to be carried without cross contamination.
Every year Thomas Miller holds a charity golf day in New Jersey to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We are very proud to announce that, like the past three events, this year’s golfing day was a big success.
Earlier this month, the UK P&I Club and UK Defence Club launched their brand new training initiative, Maritime 360.
From 1 January 2020, the new 0.5% m/m global limit for sulphur in fuel used on board ships comes into effect. Parties in the bunker chain i.e. those involved in the production, distribution, storage, handling and use of bunker fuels have expressed concerns over the practical implementation of this new global limit, a substantial drop from the current 3.5% m/m. A Joint Industry Project (JIP) was therefore established to raise awareness of the issues which might arise.
The UK Club has received the following update from Oasis P&I Services Company Ltd., regarding breach of low-sulphur fuel requirements in ECA in China.
Northern Cyprus: Reminder of restrictions on vessel calls to Famagusta, Karavostasi and Kyrenia
Members are reminded that the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus issued an Order in 1974 (Order P.I. 265/74) declaring the ports of Famagusta, Karavostasi and Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus closed to all vessels.
The USCG recently published a final rule establishing increased limits under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The increases are based on increases in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI). The new limits embody the act’s ‘polluter pays’ principle while preserving the financial deterrent.
UK P&I Club announces aviation standard human element safety training initiative with CAE
The UK Club has announced today at London International Shipping Week (LISW) that it had worked with CAE, the global leader in civil aviation training, on a human element safety training initiative based on aviation standards. The initiative will make available CAE’s comprehensive Maritime Crew Resource Management (MCRM) learning materials and Train the Trainer support to all UK P&I Club Members.
The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has continued to focus on international shipping as a means to implement the Iranian sanctions program and has now turned its attention to the bunkering of vessels engaged in Iranian trade or involving Iranian vessels.
The Club’s South African correspondents, P&I Associates South Africa, have provided an update on stowaways in South African ports. On Monday 19 August, the Senior Immigration Officer in Durban advised that as of immediate effect, no stowaways would be permitted to be landed in South Africa.