IMO approves extra measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships

The IMO approved Tuesday draft amendments to MARPOL on short-term measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial shipping. The additional regulations were approved at IMO’s 75th session of Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75), underway virtually this week. The new measures add to already agreed energy efficiency regulations for new vessels and aim…

Crew change: St.Kitts & Nevis designate a national focal point of contact

Following the adoption of Resolution MSC.473 (ES.2) at the recent IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, some member government states have already started notifying the IMO of their national contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers.St.Kitts & Nevis have duly designated such a national focal point of contact already. The Resolution MSC.473 (ES.2) was adopted during an…

Countries that restrict the use of open loop scrubbers

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) recently listed all the countries that restrict the use of open loop scrubbers in their ports. For the records, Saudi Arabia became the latest region to prohibit the discharge of wash-water coming from open-loop scrubbers. Restrictions or bans on using open loop scrubbers have been reported in certain ports or territorial…