Legal & Regulations

  • Coast Guard “HAS Not Been Aggressively Enforcing...

    A top U.S. Coast Guard official admitted at a recent congressional oversight hearing that the Coast Guard “has not been aggressively enforcing the compliance” of vessel response plans filed under federal Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations. The rules, derived from the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are meant to prevent a worst-case discharge resulting from fire or explosion aboard a vessel.

  • New chairman Willum Richards to lead Association...

    Willum Richards, the new chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters, has set out his aim to build on the work of his predecessor, Keith Martin, in advancing the Association internationally. Along with the management committee, Mr Richards will also be steering the Association through some organisational changes required by the success achieved in expanding the scope of, and interest in, the Association’s highly-regarded examinations.

  • Taking Women on Board as Non-Executive Members

    Legal implications can have a serious impact on company balance sheets. You need to plan ahead, becoming aware of regulations, new laws, international conventions and the impact these might have on your business

  • Show me the money: the new Bankruptcy Law and...

    At the end of 2016, the UAE finally adopted the long awaited Bankruptcy Law (Law No. 9 of 2016). After several years in the making the new law represents a significant improvement over the old regime which has previously existed under the Commercial Code and which has now been repealed.  In this article, we will consider the impact of the new law on debt collection in the UAE, which remains a topical issue in the current commercial environment.

  • IMO's Hughes talks sulfur cap, quashes talk...

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Mediterranean fuel oil blenders opt for Baltic...

    Fuel oil blenders in the Mediterranean are opting to buy Mazut-100 from the Baltic amid strong demand for finished-specification RMG as well as cheap freight rates for delivery between the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
     

  • Offshore leasing order a boon: State could...

    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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The status of anti-corruption legislation in the UAE

On 10 June 2017, Robert Bosch Middle East (“Bosch”) was the first company in the region to be awarded an anti-bribery certification by Tasneef-Rina Business Assurance. The standard implements best practices when it comes to fighting bribery and corruption, and contributes to the UAE’s goals of achieving transparency and creating a healthy business environment. As Tasneef has undertaken to shine light to an area many companies are directly or indirectly suffering from and we want to use Tasneef's initiative to bring transparency to this topic.

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Collision Liability under Kuwaiti Maritime Law

In maritime law, the term ’Ship collision’ is given when a physical impact occurs between two ships resulting in an accident which causes damage. The ship collision can occur between a moveable object, such as a ship, and a stable object like a quay or a floating structure like an offshore drilling platform.

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First ship with IMO Tier III EIAPP certified Wärtsilä engines is launched

The launch of the L’Astrolabe, a 72 metre polar logistics vessel fitted with a complete Wärtsilä propulsion machinery package and Wärtsilä NOR (NOx Reducer) SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) exhaust gas cleaning systems for all the main engines, took place on July 12. This is the first vessel operating with the International Maritime Organisation’s IMO Tier III EIAPP (Engine International Air Pollution Prevention) certified Wärtsilä diesel engines.

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EU MRV Regulations

The European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport regulation entered into force in July 2015. The regulation contains three parts 

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