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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Promoting and supporting the welfare of seafarers

This Safety Alert is issued by The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) to bring to the attention of seafarers, owners, managers and interested parties the ongoing work of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and its members.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

No Scrubs: More Ports Declare Ban on EGCS Discharges

Exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) – more commonly referred to as scrubbers – are an accepted equivalent measure in complying with the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap. The use of scrubbers has split the shipping industry. Ports around the world are looking at the impact of scrubber use in their waters.

A number of ports and regions have already stated that they will not allow the discharge of washwater from scrubbers.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Guidance for flag States regarding surveys and renewals of certificates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidance for flag States regarding surveys and renewals of certificates during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

During this ongoing situation, it is inevitable that flag States will have to extend the validity of statutory certificates beyond the three-month period usually allowed by many IMO instruments. Flag States also have the responsibility to issue clear statutory instructions and decisions to owners and recognised organisations (ROs).

The IMO has therefore provided step-by-step guiding principles for an evidence-based assessment of certificate extensions to be made on a case-by-case basis.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Cyber security to be covered in SMS from 1 January 2021 – are you prepared?

The IMO has identified cyber security as a risk to be addressed in safety management systems and the handling of the risks are to be verified in audits from 1 January 2021 onwards. This statutory news summarises IMO’s main recommendations.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Upcoming IMO requirements on safe mooring

Draft new IMO requirements intend to improve mooring safety by introducing additional requirements to selection, arrangement, inspection, maintenance and replacement of mooring equipment including lines from 1 January 2024. This statutory news summarizes these draft mooring requirements.
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