Legal & Regulations

  • Shell to fuel world’s first LNG-powered Aframax...

    A unit of Royal Dutch Shell will fuel the world’s first LNG-powered Aframax crude oil tankers under a deal signed with Russian shipping company SCF Group (Sovcomflot).
    Shippers are looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help them meet stricter emissions regulations in 2020.

  • Egyptian court says maritime pact with Saudi is...

    An Egyptian court on Sunday said its previous ruling effectively validating a controversial maritime border pact with Saudi Arabia remained in place, further muddying an almost yearlong dispute that had strained relations between the two countries.

  • Can the shipowner arrest the charterer’s bunkers...

    While charterers and other third parties can secure claims against the owners by arresting the vessel, owners’ options to secure their claims against charterers are limited. The arrest of bunkers, explored herein, is possible under UAE law but subject to practical difficulties

  • What do the Oscars and the Maritime Industry have...

    I am writing this on the morning after the Oscars.  In my mind the Oscars are to do with the celebration of excellence in the film industry; the ultimate recognition of film makers, directors and actors.  This morning as I look through my twitter feed it is clear that the Oscars have become much more than that, there is a political message. One example - best actress in a supporting role goes to Viola Davis, she is celebrated not only for being a great actress but for obtaining an award “despite” being black.

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IMO's Hughes talks sulfur cap, quashes talk of a delay

The 0.5% global sulfur limit on bunker fuels from the start of 2020 is "highly unlikely" to face any delay, Edmund Hughes, head of air pollution and energy efficiency at the International Maritime Organization, told S&P Global Platts in an exclusive interview.

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Improving the lot of Bangladeshi seafarers

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 is meant to protect the right of seafarers which is treated as “Fourth Pillar” next to SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW of International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is also called “Bill of Right” among the 1.2 million professional seafarers around the world.

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IMO catalyst for more efficient ships

“IMO regulations will be a driver and catalyst for a generation of new, more efficient ships” said Stefan Micallef, Director of the Marine Environment Division at IMO, as he concluded his remarks at the 2017 Propulsion and Emissions conference, Hamburg, Germany (10-11 May).

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Offshore leasing order a boon: State could benefit from executive order seeking to open Beaufort, Chukchi seas

President Donald Trump gave Alaska some good news late last week when he signed an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a plan from President Barack Obama’s administration that banned drilling in parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. Though a price slump that began in 2014 has reminded Alaskans to plan for a future in which oil no longer provides the lion’s share of state revenue, the commodity remains a vital part of the Alaska economy and likely will remain so for decades to come. The executive order relating to offshore drilling provides hope that drilling on the outer continental shelf off the state’s northern coast may be allowed again.

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