October 27, 2014
Last week I attended the Arctic Shipping North America Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. The conference focused on shipping in Canada’s arctic as well as the Polar Code which was finalised last week at MEPC67 in preparation for submission to all countries soon.
At many times during the conference, the Polar Code was mentioned as bringing the world up to the same standards as Canada’s Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act. This is interesting, as the Canadian law states the same as the Polar Code: Any discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any ships is prohibited.
October 06, 2014
Oct. 6, 2014
The IMO intends to have a mandatory Polar Code approved by the end of 2014, with projected implementation in 2016 or 2017.
For ship owners, the shortened trade route to Asia from eastern North America or Western Europe would, of course, take less time and therefore be less costly, however, there are many challenges for the ship owner.
September 03, 2013
Shouldn’t the oil leakage rules in Polar Code proposed by the U.S. match U.S. EPA rules?
I am hoping someone can explain to me the position of the United States on the Polar Code relating to oil to sea interfaces on ships compared to the new US EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP). In the U.S. EPA VGP, that comes into force on Dec. 19, 2013, (Section 2.2.9), there is no indecision when it comes to EAL's - vessels must use it. However, the proposal put forward by the U.S.A. (DE 57/11/9) relating to the Polar Code suggests a different story.
June 05, 2013
Dec. 19, 2013. If you are a ship owner trading in US waters, this date is an important one. That is the day where the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Vessel General Permit (VGP) will go into effect. The VGP regulates discharges from commercial vessels in ‘US waters’.
March 21, 2013
Lloyd’s Register has introduced NEW Classification rules (SCM notation) effective January 2013 regarding water lubricated propeller shaft bearings. If certain monitoring requirements are met, LR will give the ship owner the SCM (Screwshaft Condition Monitoring) notation allowing no shaft withdrawal for 18 years.
August 31, 2012
Ship owners who are thinking about building ships for the future need to consider a bunch of operational issues. If trading global, you need to be aware of the different marine legislation – both current and future - especially in North America, Europe and Polar Regions. Concerns relating to the prevention and reduction of pollution from ships are continuing to grow within the European Union, the international maritime community and among the general public, and they will likely continue to do so in the future.