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IMO 2020

A package of instruments in connection with the Sulphur cap On 1 January 2020 the global 0.50% limit for the sulphur content in fuel oil agreed by the International Maritime […]

| Information Note number 1454

Evaluation of public consultation on evaluating the effectiveness of the Offshore Safety Directive (OSD)

IMCA recently participated in the Public Consultation on evaluating the effectiveness of the Offshore Safety Directive (OSD). As a follow on to that, the European Commission has formally requested both qualitative and quantitative data from stakeholders in an attempt to link the data with the requisite evaluation criteria adopted by

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| Information Note number 1429

IMO’s work on the regulatory scoping exercise for the use of maritime autonomous ships (MASS)

IMCA would like to advise its’ members that the IMO has now agreed a Framework for the regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) which is scheduled to take place during 2019. The aim of this exercise is to determine how safe, secure and environmentally sound MASS operations

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| Information Note number 1426

Public Consultation on the evaluation of the Offshore Safety Directive (2013/30/EU) is now open

The Offshore Safety Directive (OSD) (2013/30/EU) establishes minimum requirements for safety and environmental protection across the EU for offshore oil and gas operations. According to Article 40 of the OSD, the Commission is obliged to assess Member States’ experience in implementing the Directive in the offshore oil and gas sector

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| Information Note number 1419




Electronic ship certificates by the Bahamas Maritime Authority

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has authorised the issue of electronic statutory certificates (e-certificates) to Bahamian ships by certain Recognised Organisations. The BMA supports efforts to reduce administrative burdens and increase operational efficiency on ships and recognises the use of e-certificates in lieu of traditional paper certificates. The use of

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| Information Note number 1406

Revised guidelines for the application of MARPOL Annex I requirements to FPSOs and FSUs

On 9 February 2018 the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) prepared the text of the 2018 Guidelines for the application of MARPOL Annex I requirements to floating production, storage and offloading facilities (FPSOs) and floating storage units (FSUs). The purpose of these Guidelines

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| Information Note number 1404

IMO moves to ban non-compliant fuel on board ships in 2020

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 5) has proposed to move forward with banning the transport of non-compliant low-sulfur fuel on board ships when the 0.5% low sulfur limit takes effect in 2020, unless a scrubber is fitted. The upcoming IMO rules aim to

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| Information Note number 1403

Electronic ship certificates issued by the UK

The United Kingdom has decided that Recognised Organisations acting on behalf of the United Kingdom and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, who have been individually so authorised, will be allowed to issue electronic certificates. Electronic certificates issued by a Recognised Organisation acting on behalf of the United Kingdom and

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| Information Note number 1399

EU consultation on the review of the policy on monitoring, reporting and verification of CO₂ emissions from maritime transport

Objective of the consultation Regulation (EU) 757/2015 on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport was adopted and entered into force in 2015. It sets an EU wide scheme for reporting monitored and verified data on shipping CO₂ emissions (EU MRV) applying to activities carried out

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| Information Note number 1383

Competent Authority Portal – Industry user guidance for safety cases

Copied here is a communication received from Saravan Marappan of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy (Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning) with the intention of providing guidance for safety cases. Please be advised that the Competent Authority Portal industry user guidance for safety cases is

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| Information Note number 1381

Regulatory Update – September 2017

MEPC 71 was held at IMO headquarters in London from 3 to 7 July 2017. Although not unusual for this Committee, this was another session heavily laden with many urgent and significant items. Two main items dominated the discussions of the Committee: first the prevention of atmospheric pollution from ships,

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| Information Note number 1378


Regulatory Update – August 2017

In this update - Early implementation of IMO instruments; LSA Code; MODU Code; Adoption of ships' roueting systems; Development of regulations for autonomous ships; Maritime cyber risk management; Approval of Lifeboats Guidelines; Adoption of Dynamic Positioning Guidelines; Piracy; Non-SOLAS vessels operating in polar regions; Next sessions - MSC 99 and

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| Information Note number 1376


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