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June 2019

China and South Korea agree on ballast water exchange rules

China and South Korea have agreed on exemption of ballast water exchange requirements for International ships sailing between People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

May 2019

BIMCO and INTERTANKO publish Q&As for scrubber-fitted ships

BIMCO and INTERTANKO have jointly published Q&As addressing the contractual implications owners and charterers should keep in mind when chartering ships fitted with scrubbers. The Q&As highlight the key charter party clauses and concepts which should be reviewed for both time and voyage charter parties.

IMO-meeting was not a missed opportunity

What the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the working group accomplished last week, was to finalise and agree on a set of procedures for assessment of impact on states from the proposed short-term measures. An important stop block has thus been removed which paves the way for advancement of individual proposals. The meeting didn’t postpone anything.

IMO accelerates efficiency goals

The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) strengthened Energy Efficiency Design Indexes (EEDI) for Phase 3 for certain ship types by increasing the reduction rate and/or bringing forward the start date.

MEPC agrees on scrubber guidance

The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed on guidance for a malfunctioning scrubber at a meeting in London last week.

April 2019

EU ship recycling rules look like protectionism

Only nine shipyards, out of 26, on the EU list of approved recycling facilities are realistically open for ship recycling, and only three of the 26 could recycle a large ship (Panamax size or larger), a study commissioned by BIMCO shows. 

EU ship recycling rules can affect non-EU flags

Since the beginning of 2019, the EU has had its own set of rules for ship recycling. The rules may even influence shipowners not using an EU flag.

Action at IMO to stop fraudulent shipping

Fraudulent registration of ships and fraudulent registries, which have been used as a cover for criminal activities, was high on the agenda of the 106th session of the IMO Legal Committee, taking place in London from 27 to 29 March.

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