Legal & Regulations

  • Shipping's GHG Emissions Back in the Public...

    Shipping's implied mandate to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was back in the public eye this week, with Lee Adamson, Head of Media and Communications at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), discussing the matter in a new interview with CNN.

  • Container shippers ordered to testify in U.S....

    The U.S. Justice Department has ordered top executives from several container shipping lines to testify in an antitrust investigation into an industry that is the backbone of global trade, the companies said on Wednesday.

  • Sri Lanka govt snubs shipping industry on policy...

    Efforts by Sri Lanka’s shipping professionals to initiate discussions with the government on a policy for its ports and shipping sector have been unsuccessful despite the new regime’s professed commitment to transparency and dialogue.

  • Somali pirates told hostages on UAE-managed...

    The woman whose sailor husband was taken hostage by Somali pirates said he and the rest of his crew were forced to call home to speak to their families "for the last time".

    The hostages, who were on board a UAE-managed tanker, were given less than a minute to say "final goodbyes" to relatives in Sri Lanka last week during an exchange of fire with Puntland counter piracy forces off Somalia’s north-eastern coast.

  • MeteoGroup Underlines FleetGuard's...

    MeteoGroup says its interactive tool for live fleet monitoring, planning, and vessel optimisation, known as FleetGuard, can help shipping companies fully comply with new regulations implemented by the International Maritime Industry (IMO), as well as European Union's (EU's) Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) regulation.

  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre breakfast...

    After the successful launch of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) in November 2016, the organisation is hosting various themed maritime sessions with a number of law firms to fulfil its mandate to raise awareness in the maritime sector.

  • China says SC jurisdiction to cover all seas...

    China’s Supreme Court has extended its maritime jurisdiction to cover all seas under the country’s ‘sovereign control’, as Beijing firmed up its hold over the disputed South China Sea.
    China will resolutely safeguard maritime rights and interests, a work report of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) submitted to the country’s legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday said.


Shipping industry faces seismic shift in 2020 as sulfur cap looms

In 2020 the shipping industry is facing its biggest change since the shift away from burning coal a century ago as the IMO is set to impose a new 0.5% sulfur cap on marine fuel emissions. S&P Global Platts associate director Paul Hickin and editorial lead for bunker news Jack Jordan assess the readiness of the industry for the changes ahead, as well as the likely options for shipowners in coping with the stricter emissions regulations.


Verifavia Shipping First Global Eu Mrv Verifier To Earn Dual Accreditation

Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), today announced that it has received a second accreditation by France’s national accreditation body Cofrac as a global EU monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) verifier. This makes Verifavia the first globally accredited verifier to receive dual accreditation under ISO 14065 standard and regulation 757/2015.


Authority for Transport in Malta issues Notice concerning EU Regulation 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emission from Maritime Transport

EU Regulation 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emission from Maritime Transport (the “Regulation”) has entered into force on 1st July 2015. The Authority for Transport in Malta (“Transport Malta”) has recently issued Notice 133 concerning such regulation.


Shell to fuel world’s first LNG-powered Aframax oil tankers

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.