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The following information indicates the main amendments to IMO regulation entering into force

 from 1 January 2018 to 1 January 2019

Convention
Code
 Regulation
Subject
 Entry in force
 New Ship
 Existing Ship
 Type of Ship
 Imo Res.
 SOLAS
SOLAS XI-1/2

Amendments to ESP Code to incorporate the requirements of the revised recommendations for entering enclosed spaces abroad ships
1 January 2018
 X
  X 
Oil tanker and Bulk carrier
500 GT or over
 SOLAS
SOLAS XI-1/2-1
 Amendements to ESP Code. New regulation  on

harmonization of survey periods of cargo ships subjected to and not subjected to the ESP

1 July 2018
X
  X
Oil tanker and Bulk carrier
500 GT or over
 SOLAS, Polar Code
SOLAS XIV
New chapter XIV of SOLAS which requires all SOLAS-certified ships operating in Polar Waters to comply with the safety-related provision of the introduction and with part I-A of the Polar Code
Ships KL before 1 January 2017 by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018
X
 X
Passenger ship with >12 pass, Cargo Ship >500 GRT
 SOLAS

SOLAS I/19.2.10

ECDIS

Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) is to be fitted onboard unless the ship is to be decommissioned within two years of the compliance date.
By the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after  July 1, 2018
 X
Cargo ships, other than tankers, > 10,000 GRT but <20,000 constructed before 1 July 2013
SOLAS
SOLAS II-1

Means of communication.

At least two (2) two-way portable radiotelephones are to be provided for each fire party designated onboard tankers and those intended to be used in hazardous areas of all ships which are to be of an explosion-proof or intrinsically- safe type.

By the first annual or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after  July 1, 2018
X
All Ship >500 GRT, constructed before 1 July 2014
Conv

SOLAS

Noise Code

SOLAS II-1/13-2 
Noise Code

Noise Code makes mandatory and recommendatory provisions for the prevention of potentially hazardous noise levels on board ships. Compliance with the Code requires measurement of noise levels in work, navigation, accommodation and service spaces under simulated port conditions and at normal service speed at no less than 80% of the maximum continuous rating (MCR).

1 July 2018
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All New Ships

(except MODUs)

>1600 GRT
   SOLAS
SOLAS V/19.2 
Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNW AS)
A bridge navigational watch alarm system (a system to monitor bridge activity and detect operator disability which could lead to marine accidents) complying with the standards contained in MSC.128(75) is required to be installed onboard and shall be in operation whenever the ship is underway at sea. A BNWAS installed prior to 1 July 2011 to monitor bridge activity and detect operator disability which could lead to marine accidents may subsequently be exempted from full compliance with the standards contained in MSC.128(75).
1 July 2018
  X
All Cargo ships KL before 1 July 2002,  GRT >150, but less 500
 MARPOL 
MARPOL ANNEX IV

MEPC 218(63)  urges the development of standards for sewage treatment plants

for passenger ships operating within a special area (currently limited to the

Baltic Sea).

1 January 2018
X
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New passenger ships (>12 pass) contracted for construction on or after 1 January 2018 
MARPOL
MARPOL ANNEX IV

Passenger ships may no longer discharge untreated sewage into the Baltic Sea unless: (1) the passenger ship is en route at not less than 4 knots and not less than 3 nm from the nearest land; (2) the passenger ship has in operation an approved sewage treatment plant which has been certified under appropriate standard ; and (3) the effluent does not produce visible floating solids nor cause discoloration of surrounding water.

1 January 2018
 X
  X
All Passenger ships 
       MARPOL
MARPOL 
Annex I
Amendments to Form B of Supplements to the IOPP Certificate have beed made in order to reflect the requirements relating to dedicated clean ballast tanks (CBTs) 
1 March 2018
X
  X
Oil Tanker Oil/Chemical Tanker 150 GRT and over
  MARPOL 
MARPOL
 Annex V

Ammendments ro Marpol Annex V were adopted.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.

1 March 2018
  X
  X
All ships
MARPOL
MARPOL
 Annex VI

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI that make the data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships mandatory

1 March 2018
  X
  X
All ships 5000 GRT and over (exept ships not propelled by mechanical means)
BWM
  BWM Convention
 2016 Guidelines for approval of ballast water management system (G8)
-Ballast Water Management Systems type approved on or after 28 October 2018
-Ballast Water Management Systems installed on or after 28 October 2020

  X
 X
 

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STCW 
 STCW Convention and STCW Code

The new STCW amendments, which will now become effective on 1 July 2018,  include transitional provisions which will allow seafarers who began their approved seagoing service in Polar Waters before 1 July 2018 to meet the alternative basic training or advanced requirements by 1 July 2020.

1 July 2018
 X
  X
All ships operating in polar waters
   SOLAS
IMDG Code
Amendments to IMDG Code  incorporating numerous changes of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, new packing instructions for certain items. incorporating numerous changes of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, new packing instructions for certain items.
 1 January 2018
Contracting Governments may apply the amendments in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2017
 X
 X
Ships carrying IMDG Cargo
 FAL
Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)
The new standard, requires systems to be established for the electronic exchange of vessel information required for arrival, stay and departure from a port. This includes information such as general declarations, cargo declarations, ship’s stores declarations; crew effects declarations, crew lists and passenger lists.
  1 January 2018
  X
     X  
 All ships