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International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), will enter into force on September 8, 2017.

8 September 2016 Finland has ratified the BWM Convention. Due to the ratification by Finland, IMO confirmed the fact that the combined merchant fleets of flag States that ratified the BWM Convention have reached 35.1441 percent of the world’s merchant shipping gross tonnage and conditions for BWM Convention entry into force has been met.

46 CFR Subchapter M Inspection of Towing Vessels has been published in the Federal Register and became effective on July 20, 2016. 
Watch the Subchapter M Information Sessions posted by The American Waterways Operators.

IMO implements new SOLAS fire protection requirements for on-deck cargo areas.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced new requirements for the fire protection of on-deck cargo areas. The new requew requirements for the fire protection of on-deck cargo areas. The new requirements, which will be added to SOLAS regulation II-2/10, apply to all ships designed to carry containers that are constructed on or after January 1, 2016.

The amendments were adopted to require the following additional firefighting systems for ships designed to carry container on or above the weather deck. Further, MSC.1/Circ.1472 was also approved to set design and performance standards of a mobile water monitor:

  • Water mist lance (at least one should be installed on board), which is a device to penetrate a container wall and produce water mist inside containers.
  • Mobile water monitor (only for a ship designed to carry five or more tiers of containers on or above the weather deck), which is a portable device to spray water to the top tier of containers on deck.

Ships with a breadth less than 30 m should be provided with at least two mobile water monitors, and ships with a breadth exceeding 30 m should be provided with at least four mobile water monitors.

Mandatory requirements for stability instruments on tankers, effective from 1st January 2016.  Required by

MARPOL Annex I, the IBC/BCH Code, IGC/GC Code, MEPC.248(66) and Corr.1MSC.369(93), MSC.376(93), MSC.370(93),MSC.377(93)MSC93/22/Add.1(Annex 13) and Corr.1

New requirements for onboard stability instruments applicable to new and existing tankers will be effective from 1st January 2016.

MARPOL Annex I Ch.4, the IBC/BCH Code and the IGC/GC Code have all been amended, and require that new and existing tankers to be fitted with an approved stability instrument capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements.

The new requirement is applies as follow:

1.New oil/chemical tankers constructed on or after 1 January 2016 and new gas tankers constructed on or after 1 July 2016 – at delivery.

2.Oil / chemical (and GC/EGC) tankers, Gas (IGC) tankers constructed before 1 January 2016 - at the first renewal survey on or after 1st January 2016, but no later than 1st January 2021.

3.Gas (IGC) tankers constructed before 1 July 2016 - at the first renewal survey on or after 1st January 2016, but no later than 1st January 2021.

4. Oil / chemical (and GC/EGC) tanker, Gas (IGC) tankers constructed before 1 January 2016......See More

The amendment to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) Annex 14, was approved by the IMO in 2010 and revised in 2014 (MSC.1/Circ.1352/Rev.1).

Ships keel-laid on or after 1 January 2015: The IMO has not made the application of MSC.1/Circ.1352 mandatory, but it encourages ship owners, ship operators, shipmasters and crew to apply the annex in its entirety to container vessels and vessels equipped for carriage of containers.

Ships keel-laid before 1 January 2015 are, through MSC.1/ Circ.1352, encouraged to apply sections 4.4, 7.1, 7.3 and 8 in Annex 14, and subject to the provisions of sections 6 and 7.2 in Annex 14 as far as practical.

In particular, existing containerships must comply with the following requirements at the first survey after or on 1 January 2015 and following should apply:

1. Vessels not equipped with lashing platforms need to be fitted. - (6.1.2)

2. All relevant deck surfaces used for movement about the ship and all passageways and stairs must have non-slip surfaces. - (6.2.1.2)

3.The sides of lashing bridges and platforms onboard of existing ships are to be fitted with toe boards along the sides of such lashing bridges and platforms. - (6.2.2.5).... see more

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