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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

Official online release of the Virtual Centre of Offshore Safety Expertise (ViCOS)

We would like to inform you that the European Commission has developed a free of charge web-platform that could represent an opportunity for our industry to offer expertise to offshore competent authorities thus developing our businesses and networking. The web-platform, called Virtual Centre of Offshore Safety Expertise (ViCOS), is available

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| Information Note number 1401

Changes to eCMID

Dear colleagues, We are making improvements to the eCMID vessel inspection database in response to the marked increase in use of the offshore vessels’ inspection scheme. Over 2,300 vessels from more than 1,000 owners and operators are now listed on the eCMID database, and this is consulted by more than

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| Information Note number 1402

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

IMCA marine renewable energy walk to work (W2W) decision support tool

The IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Walk to Work (W2W) Decision Support Tool is intended as a guide for supporting those companies who have determined a need for a W2W solution to help identify key considerations when developing their W2W configuration. Originally issued with the following reference(s): IMCA M 01/18

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| Information Note number 1398 | Original reference(s) IMCA M 01/18


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





Changes to helideck friction requirements on offshore helidecks

Copied below is a communication received from Alex Knight of the Helideck Certification Agency with the intention of clarifying the recently revised CAP 437; please also see the attached. “Some of your members will be aware of the changes which came into force in the latest (8th Edition) of CAP 437. One of

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| Information Note number 1369

US Maritime Advisory System announced

This information note is to advise members of the new US Maritime Advisory System recently announced by the US Government’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).  The following note was released by the MARAD Office of Security on Thursday 26 January 2017: “1.  This message announces the launch of the new U.S. Maritime

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| Information Note number 1352 | Original reference(s) IMCA HSSE 01/17, IMCA M 01/17

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