On 5 December 2016 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued MSC Circular MSC.1/Circ.1560 to recommend that port state control (PSC) authorities take a practical approach when inspecting ships that have seafarers carrying certificates not in accordance with the STCW 2010 amendments. The Circular does not delay implementation of the 2010 Manila amendments per se, but … Continue reading “IMO guidance relating to seafarers who hold certificates and documents that do not comply with the 2010 Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code from 1 January to 1 July 2017”
On 25 November 2016, the Maritime Safety Committee of IMO (MSC) reached a significant agreement on an interim solution for the safe carriage of industrial personnel on board offshore industry vessels engaged on international voyages. At its 97th session, MSC considered supplemental legal advice regarding the introduction of mandatory safety standards for the carriage of … Continue reading “IMO resolution for the carriage of industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages”
On Friday 4 November, the European Commission adopted Regulation 2016/1927 to provide further guidance regarding the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/757 (MRV Regulation). The new regulation lays down templates and technical rules for the submission of monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance pursuant to MRV regulation. A compliance guidance document by IMCA will follow shortly.
On 18 January 2017 the 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 will enter into force. The amendments were approved at the 103rd annual meeting of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2014 and relate to financial security of seafarers in cases of abandonment, and contractual claims for compensation in the event … Continue reading “Maritime Labour Convention: New certificate requirements for shipowners”
The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”), which came into force on 29 October 2015, addresses the rise of new forms of slavery. The objective of the MSA is to consolidate slavery and human trafficking offences whilst increasing the maximum penalties and sentencing rules for such crimes. In addition, it establishes an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner … Continue reading “UK Modern Slavery Act: New corporate reporting requirements”