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24 January 2018 | PSC | NEWSCold conditions call for extraordinary measures for ships, equipment and crewCanada and other areas close to the Arctic are currently experiencing extremely low temperatures, and owners calling at ports in these areas are obliged to prepare accordingly. This includes paying particular attention to safety and navigation-related equipment which may be damaged or impeded from working properly under such conditions. This PSC news summarizes the most important measures to be assessed for cold climate navigation.
05 January 2018 | Statutory | NEWSAmendments to MARPOL Annex V (regulation for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships)The amendments to MARPOL Annex V adopted at MEPC 70 will enter into force on 1 March 2018. The changes include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment, and a new Garbage Record Book format with a new garbage category for e-waste. This news provides a summary of the new regulations.
20 December 2017 | Casualty information | NEWSContainer ships and fire incidents - learning from recent eventsFires must be avoided and necessary precautions must be taken, particularly when handling dangerous goods. A tailor-made maintenance plan for fire protection systems and appliances to ensure reliability and immediate availability have to be on board every ship. This Casualty Information describes a case illustrating the severity of fire incidents on container vessels.
22 November 2017 | Statutory | NEWSAn update on vessel biofouling managementBiofouling is another unintended way of introducing invasive aquatic species into an ecosystem. The US Coast Guard requires a Biofouling Management Plan on board, and the State of California has established a Marine Invasive Species Program. Australia has developed several guidelines for biofouling, and in New Zealand the new Craft Risk Management Standard will enter into force on 15 May 2018. This statutory news provides an update on the topic of biofouling and recommendations.
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