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New law in California, USA, affecting shipowners’ liability for oil pollution

21 January 2021

Members are advised that amendments to the so-called Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990 in the State of California on criminal fines for oil spill violations in state waters entered into force on 1 January 2021. BIMCO takes the opportunity to remind members about the importance of strict compliance with this and other environmental laws.

Carolina Franca

06 March 2020

Carolina is a dual qualified Brazilian lawyer and barrister-at-law in England and Wales with a broad international experience. Carolina´s practice focuses on shipping and energy companies. She is an expert on marine and cargo claims, oil pollution, P&I, regulatory matters and shipping casualties. Carolina also advises on Common law/ Civil law jurisdictional conflicts.

Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

IBC and MARPOL Annex II changes require preparations ahead of 1 January 2021

14 October 2020

Amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code) and International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL) Annex II - Carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk, will impact all stakeholders in the chemical and Vegetable oils trade. As the amendments enter into force on 1 January 2021, It is recommended that ships replace existing certificates as soon as possible, to make sure the vessels are operational come 1 January.

Sustainability and women in shipping highlighted at IOPC meeting

13 November 2019

At the most recent International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds meeting in London, Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General, spoke to representatives, IMO staff and the Funds’ Secretariat about the value of shipping to international trade, climate change and encouraging and empowering women to play a greater role in shipping.