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August 2019

US and Canada issue Bulletin to combat Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) invasion

Due to high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) and more AGM detections at US and Canadian ports as a result, a joint-bulletin is now issued by these authorities for vessel operators to take action in order to avoid such delays.

July 2019

A full ban on open-loop scrubbers in China’s DECA

On 22 July 2019 China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued the “Implementation Scheme of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap”. 

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network launches survey on corrupt practices in Ukraine

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has recently launched a survey concerning corrupt practices in Ukraine. Such practices may take many forms e.g. demands for facilitation payments (low level payments paid to low level government officials to complete routine tasks the company is entitled to), cash payments or in kind requests made by various port authorities.   

Nigeria passes anti-piracy bill

The anti-piracy bill brings hope that anti-piracy bill will bring and end to Nigerian piracy and strengthen the blue economy.

June 2019

BIMCO advises members to check clauses as Asian gypsy moth season starts

The Asian gypsy moth (AGM) flight season is just around the corner. BIMCO advises its members to pay attention to the possible consequences of calling at ports where the AGM is indigenous or established.

Nigerian piracy can be managed

On 4 June BIMCO, together with ICS, IMCA, ITF and OCIMF, had arranged a symposium about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The symposium came to the conclusion that the Nigerian piracy problem occurs in a small area and can be solved if Nigeria wants it.

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).

April 2019

Panama Canal Authority's deck cooling measures for ships to take immediate effect

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issues "deck cooling during transit" requirement effectively immediately for all crude tankers, product carriers and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less then 18 degrees C.

January 2019

China adopts 0.50% sulphur limit to match IMO regulation

Chinese regulators have tightened its domestic emission control area regulation (DECA) which came into force on 1 January 2019.

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