The Canadian government has issued Bulletin No. 09/2022 dated 11.04.2022 in which it sets out revised speed restriction measures to protect the North Atlantic right whales (NARW).
Australia's Biosecurity Amendment (Biofouling Management) Regulations 2021, which come into force on 15 June 2022, will require international ships arriving in Australia to report the following information in the ship's pre-arrival report.
The UK P&I Club recently hosted a live webinar. Patrick Ryan, the Club's Sustainability Director, asked the panel how the shipping industry's decarbonisation strategy is shaping up?
These amendments will enter into force on 1 April 2022.
A global fuel sulphur cap of 0.5% was introduced from 1 January 2020, while the 0.1% sulphur cap continued to apply within the ECAs designated under MARPOL Annex VI
The Club would like to draw Members' attention to the 2022 tariffs for sea pollution fines in Turkey, applicable from 1 January 2022.
MEPC 77 - A Summary
The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee met virtually and in person on 22-26 November 2021 for its 77th session (MEPC 77).
COP26 - A summary
After two weeks of intensive and tense negotiations, the outcome of COP26 can probably be best summed up by the words of its President, Mr Alok Sharma; "Today, we can say with credibility that we have kept 1,5 degrees within reach - but, its pulse is weak"; below is an overview of the wider measures and initiatives to emerge from COP26, as well as a more detailed summary of the shipping-related elements.
The UK P&I Club recently held a webinar on the subject of new technology in shipping (recording available) which received a great response with great audience interactions and very encouraging feedback from attendees.
The Sea Cargo Charter
The Sea Cargo Charter ("the Charter") provides a global transparent framework and baseline for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of chartering activities against the IMO's absolute target as set out in its Initial Strategy which is to reduce the shipping industry's total annual greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions by at least 50% of 2008 levels by 2050
On 14 July 2021 the European Commission adopted the EU's "Fit for 55" package which consists of a set of inter-connected proposals that will together deliver the EU's ambition of reducing its greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and for the EU to become a climate neutral continent by 2050.
ECM Client Alert
Members are referred to Transport Canada’s Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) 12/2021 which clarifies requirements for vessels under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) in the Waters of Southern British Columbia, 2021 which came into force on 1 June 2021.
The 76th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) was held remotely with a limited agenda from 10 to 17 June 2021
UK Club Webinar (Green Shipping Series): United States and California Environmental and Compliance Trends Affecting Ship Owners
The UK P&I Club has teamed up with Blank Rome's Jeanne Grasso and Peacock Piper's David Tong, who discuss current environmental and compliance trends both on a Federal and State level for California.
The new Environment Examination Regulation number 31509 dated 12 June 2021 was published and contained inspection information, and does not contain any increase on fine amount, thus the Pollution tariff 2021 is still valid.
A Roadmap for Ship Decarbonisation
Global warming is one of the most severe and complex challenges our world faces today; there is an urgent need to reduce emission levels and avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change and every individual, business, and industry, including shipping, has a part to play.
The 75th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75) took place remotely from 16 to 20 November
The IMO announced that two new draft mandatory measures to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships have been agreed by its Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships
This Client Alert adds to the Club's recent update reporting on EPA's announcement of 6 October that it was proposing vessel discharge standards under VIDA
Circular 13/20: US Oil Pollution California - Increased criminal penalties for oil spill related offences
A new law was signed in California on 24th September 2020 for Members trading in California waters, which will bring the following increases in criminal penalties for oil spill related offences from 1st January 2021