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Rickmers-Linie Supports Low Sulphur Regime, Expects Cost Hike

Map of the Emission Control Areas (ECA) in the U.S. and Canada as well as North Sea, English Channel and the Baltic Sea

Rickmers-Linie has declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations but expects that it will inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of marine fuels. “While shipping is already the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, the new regulations help to further reduce the impact on the environment and our health,” said Ulrich Ulrichs, Chief Executive Officer of Rickmers-Linie. “But low sulphur fuels are more expensive and growing demand is widely expected to further increase the costs of these fuels.” The new regulations come into effect on January 1, 2015 in the Emission Control Areas (ECA) in the U.S. and Canada as well as the North Sea, English Channel and the Baltic Sea. The maximum content of sulphur allowed in marine fuels used in the ECAs will be 0.1%, compared to 1.0% today. Outside the ECAs, sulphur content in marine fuels will need to be reduced from the current 3.5% to 0.5% by the year 2020. As the result of a review by the IMO in 2018, this deadline might however still be postponed to 2025. “Rickmers-Linie fully supports the introduction of the new regulations,” Ulrichs said. “Using these fuels during navigation in the ECAs, the content of sulphur and hazardous sulphur dioxides in the exhausts of our vessels will be reduced considerably.


Proposed Regulations Regarding Source From Activities in Intl. Waters

The Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS") has issued proposed regulations under section 863 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), providing new rules for determining the source of income from activities conducted in international waters for purposes of U.S. income taxation. These new regulations come shortly after the release last year of regulations under Section 883 of the Code that significantly affected the exemption from U.S


Liberia: Shipping Does Not Need New Regulations

One of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers, The Liberian Registry, has called on shipping regulators to ensure the effective implementation of existing rules to protect human life, safety and the environment, rather than creating new rules and regulations instead. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said


Canada – New Marine Personnel Regulations

Transport Canada has issued new regulations to modernize the certification system for Canadian seafarers and harmonize their working conditions with international labor standards. Source: HK Law


Vessel Tracking on IMO Agenda

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is scheduled to take place on May 10 through May 19. Long-range identification and tracking of ships on agenda. MSC will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions


BOEMRE Public Workshop on Offshore Energy Regs

 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) will conduct a public workshop March 15, 2011, in New Orleans to discuss new requirements for offshore oil and gas companies to develop and implement Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). The new regulation, 30 CFR 250, Subpart S, was published in the Federal Register on October 15, 2010, and takes effect on November 15, 2011.  


New Hazardous Material Transportation Training Program

Environmental Resource Center offers in-depth training on regulations for marine & air transportation of hazardous materials. Businesses that are involved in the sea or air transportation of hazardous materials can help their workers keep up with recent changes in new regulations that will impact their shipments through four seminars and webcasts from transportation consulting firm Environmental Resource Center


GTT Records First Bunkering Order

GTT technology has been chosen by STX France to equip PEGASIS, the new environmental vessel ordered by Brittany Ferries.   GTT membrane technology has been selected by STX France to fit out PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship), the new environmental ferry propelled with LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), ordered by Brittany Ferries.   This innovative vessel will use GTT Mark III insulation system and will be built in Saint-Nazaire, in France


AAPA: New Security Regulations Will Require Billions in Investment

The American Association of Port Authorities commends Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) on the release of regulations to secure America's ports from terrorist acts. These final regulations call for port facilities to conduct vulnerability assessments, develop security plans and implement enhanced security measures. Enhancing seaport security is a top priority for U.S. ports today. Public port agencies have invested millions of dollars to increase


Noble Drilling Acquires Jackup Rig

Noble Drilling Corporation has formed a joint venture with Lime Rock Partners, and the joint venture has acquired Ocean Scotian, a North Sea jackup, for $32.7 million. Concurrent with the acquisition, the rig was renamed Noble Julie Robertson. Noble Drilling owns 50 percent of the joint venture, and will manage the upgrade, marketing and operation of the rig. Noble Drilling expects to upgrade the drilling systems and the crew accommodations in order to conform to the new regulations


New Heater Kits for Northern Sea Route Vessels

Northrop Grumman develops winterization field upgrade kits for vessels using the Northern Sea Route These heater kits will enable Marine Navigation Radar Turning Units to be operated in temperatures down below -55 degrees Celsius, in addition to keeping the S-Band and X-Band sensors in the


The Expense of New MARPOL Regulations

The Presidential Decree 979 and Marine Pollution Decree of 1976 were intended to protect marine and coastal elements from maritime pollution, yet due to their generality and datedness today, they are no longer efficient at regulating current environmental issues


Indonesian Miners Demand Longer Transition for New Rule

Indonesian Miners demand more time

  Coal miners have called on the government to extend the transition period for implementing a new coal-export rule that creates longer procedures before shipment.   In a change to previous arrangements, from Sept. 1 Indonesia, the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal


Langh Ship Scrubber Receives Class Approval

m/s Laura (Photo courtesy of Langh Ship)

Langh Ship received on July 17, 2014 final class approval from Germanischer Lloyd for its exhaust gas cleaning system on m/s Laura, a 1996-built a 6,500 DWT general cargo vessel equipped with a 6 MW main engine. “The technology had already been accepted earlier


China Issues New Rules on US DDG Imports

China's Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, is now requiring U.S. distiller's dried grains imports to be officially certified free of the MIR 162 GMO trait, the U.S. Grains Council, an export trade group, said in a letter emailed to Reuters by a trade source.


KVH Industries Acquires Videotel

Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer

  KVH Industries, Inc., acquired Videotel, a producer of high-quality training films and e-Learning services for the commercial maritime industry. Servicing over 11,000 vessels, Videotel is a market leader in the provision of maritime training services, offering video, animation


KVH Industries Acquires Videotel

Image courtesy of Videotel

A provider of training films, computer-based training, and e-Learning courses now part of KVH’s end-to-end solution for vessel connectivity, content and content delivery KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) today announced that it has acquired Videotel


UK Minister Rebuffs Plea to Delay SOx Limit Implementation

Minister Stephen Hammond

An attempt by the UK’s Chamber of Shipping last week to persuade the British government that the industry needed more time to comply with new sulphur emission limits entering force on 1 January next year received short shrift from the shipping minister


Wärtsilä Environmental Seal Systems First to Gain Recognition

Wärtsilä supports the underwater repair and maintenance of a broad portfolio of seal products. Performing critical maintenance to stern tube seals and other equipment while keeping the vessel in service enables uninterrupte

  Wärtsilä has received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd's Register. The recognition of Lloyd's Register, a marine classification society


Seafarer Protection to be Enhanced by New MLC Regulations

Maritime Labour Convention meeting: Photo DMA

At the 103rd International Labour Conference, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has, with a staggering majority, adopted new provisions on the protection of abandoned seafarers and seafarers who have been injured in occupational accidents, informs the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).


ICS Meets in Cyprus

ICS Board in Cyprus

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal global trade association for shipowners representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet – met in Limassol, Cyprus last week for its Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The meeting was hosted by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in


Less than a Year to go to the FAL Directive Deadline

Courtesy of DP World London Gateway

The FAL Directive under which European Member States are mandated to adopt a Maritime Single Window system is less than a year away; by June 1 2015 all shipping companies, operators and port authorities must be using the Single Window for reporting. To mark the occasion, Inlecom Systems Ltd


DeltaLangh Brings Closed Loop Scrubber to the Market

Langh Ship’s vessel M/S Laura

Deltamarin Ltd. and Oy Langh Ship Ab have come together to offer a cost effective and reliable solution to the sulphur requirements with the scrubber that Langh Ship has developed. The new scrubber is delivered by a joint venture company DeltaLangh Ltd


Arctic Energy Exploration: Not If, But When?

Energy exploration in the Arctic has been a hot topic in recent years and shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon. However, the United States appears stuck in neutral on the topic and those opposed to oil and natural gas exploration anywhere have used the Federal inaction to advance their


Increased Safety With Mandatory Weighing Of Containers

Last week, the IMO approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea. The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board.  






 
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