Legal & Regulations

  • Adopting ship-specific procedural systems

    With approximately 70% of our tonnage being 500GT and below, we understand that many of our Member’s vessels are not required to conform to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and therefore, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

  • Adopting ship-specific procedural systems

    With approximately 70% of our tonnage being 500GT and below, we understand that many of our Member’s vessels are not required to conform to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and therefore, the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

  • Many tankers set to miss looming ECDIS deadline

    SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS for all tankers of 3,000 gt or more come into force on July 1, 2015. Of the 8,750 plus tankers in the global fleet required to comply by their first survey following this date, 54% are now using ENCs (Electronic Nautical Charts) on ECDIS. However, says UKHO (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office), over 4,000 tankers that make up the remaining 46% of the fleet are not yet using an ENC service.

  • Italy, Malta, and the UK call for rescue law...

    In the first session of the Maritime Safety Committee's special session on mixed migration at sea today, a review of rescue regulations to clarify the role of ships in mass rescues at sea was called for by Italy, the UK, Malta, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), while the US and Norway urged caution.

  • Compensation for the damage resulting from the...

    In our Shipping and Transport Bulletin of August 2013, we dealt with the judgement issued by the English Courts in the case of M/v “Astra” concerning the possible actions that a shipowner may enforce in the event of non-­‐ and/or delayed payment of the freight by charterers.

  • Advocates demand inquiry into Australian shipping...

    The world's most powerful maritime advocates will this week push for a major Federal inquiry into what it is calling "the high cost of cheap shipping", days after a coronial inquest began examining three deaths aboard the foreign-owned MV Sage Sagittarius or "death ship".

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Washington shaping new rules to guide oil transport

State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state.
    
The Department of Ecology is developing a rule that will require facilities to give the state advance weekly notice about crude oil shipments they receive. Pipelines would be required to provide biannual notice.
    

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Oil regulator lodged complaint over work for Brown

A worker in the state oil and gas regulatory agency lodged a whistleblower's complaint over being ordered to prepare a state map of the oil and gas potential, history and geology of California Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch, the worker and her attorney said Monday.

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