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August 2017

Voluntary Speed Reduction Area in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada

BIMCO has received information from the Government of Canada concerning the recently issued temporary voluntary speed restriction in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The restriction addresses increased risks to the endangered North Atlantic right whales.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the July update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA July report is also provided. 

Brazil inspection of aged bulk carriers

The Brazilian Maritime Authority imposes new inspection requirement for aged vessels carrying solid bulk cargoes.

Paris and Tokyo MoUs jointly announce CIC on Safety of Navigation

Paris and Tokyo MoUs jointly announce the "Concentrated Inspection Campaign for Safety on Navigation" and issue an important questionnaire for the campaign.

July 2017

Electronic Certificates - Paris MoU issues guidelines

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has issued guidelines for the use of electronic certificates.   

AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports

The AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 addresses the following areas; Software quality assurance, Anomalies, ECDIS data presentation and performance check dataset, Chart carriage requirements, Mode of ECDIS operation, ECDIS training requirements and Port state control inspections.

Caution required when using nautical charts of Arctic waters

Due to the significant limitations of Arctic charting, all mariners in Arctic waters are required to plan any prospective voyages well in advance to understand their environment, and to exercise extreme caution when on the water, in order to minimise the associated high levels of risk. Caution is equally essential when navigating with Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), as these official digital charts are based on the same limited or insufficient data as the official paper or electronic equivalent charts.

Paris MoU plans a new CIC on ECDIS and issues new white, grey and black lists effective 1 July 2017

A new Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) to check on safety of navigation, including Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) will be conducted jointly by Paris and Tokyo MoUs. Paris MoU issues new White, Grey and Black lists issued effective from 1 July 2017.

MEPC reaffirms that early movers of ballast water systems are not penalised

MEPC 71 progressed in ensuring smoother implementation of the ballast water convention. One of the achievements was reaffirming the agreement regarding the provisions for non-penalisation of early movers that have installed ballast water management systems according to G8 guidelines.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the June update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA June report is also provided. 

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BIMCO’s news on safety is primarily related to regulation and IMO-work to improve safety on ships. Example topics includes fuel safety, dangerous cargoes, entry into closed spaces and fire.