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IMO’s HNS Convention now closer to ratification

07 April 2017

The last convention of the international liability and compensation regime for pollution damage from ships is now closer to ratification with the European Parliament’s consent. The consent is to the draft EU Council Decisions authorising member states to ratify the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage, in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea, 1996.

Ballast Water Management - the deadline 080917 is approaching

25 July 2017

The International Maritime Organization's Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) enters into force 8 September 2017. Under the Convention, all ships in international trade are required to manage their ballast water and sediments in accordance with an approved ship-specific ballast water management plan. All ships will also have to carry a ballast water record book and an international ballast water management certificate.

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

07 July 2017

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.

COVID-19 affecting new inventory of hazardous materials requirements in December

29 April 2020

From 31 December 2020, all ships of 500 GT and above – regardless of the flag they are flying – will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) when calling a port or anchorage of a country that is a member of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). Failure to do so may result in penalisation.