Discussions regarding the CVIDA text amongst the maritime industry/industry coalition and Congress are still on-going, trying to find a suitable compromise for all stakeholders. CSA continues to participate in these discussions maintaining its position that the agreed text should contain the critical provisions of eliminating the VGP and creating one national programme to regulate discharges incidental to the operation of commercial vessels with a suitable preemption clause to take care of certain requirements imposed by individual states under the current VGP 401 certification programme.
With regard to maritime security, the following are the latest guidance issued free of charge for companies and seafarers :
• BMP5: Best Management Practices (BMP) to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Safety in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea containing guidance on region-specific threats.
• Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers is a new publication containing guidance on piracy and armed robbery worldwide.
• The third edition of the Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea region is also provided. Link to Full Document: GOG Guidelines Version 3
• A new website dedicated to providing comprehensive maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. The new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for companies and mariners seeking guidance on a wide range of maritime security issues.
As reported in last month’s report, a set of parallel bills focusing on the need to stimulate the American shipbuilding industry by mandating the carriage of crude oil and LNG exports by US built and US flag vessels has been introduced. No action has been taken on any of these bills including scheduling of a hearing session.
CSA met with White House officials hours before the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States was signed by the President. This rescinded the National Ocean Policy implemented by the previous Administration.
To read CSA’s work in this regard as well view the complete text of the new Executive order, please refer to the full CSA report.
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Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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