• Prepare for environmental inspections in China

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    30 NOV 2017

    China launches a year-long inspection campaign on ’Ship Pollution Control’ in the Hainan Province as part of its efforts to reduce air and water pollution associated with shipping.

     

  • US vessel owners cannot contract out of liability under OPA 90 for oil spill clean-up and compensation

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    29 NOV 2017

    The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal reminds US owners who charter or otherwise turn over the control of their vessels that they potentially remain liable under OPA 90 for the negligent, and even illegal, acts of the bareboat charterer/operator. We thank US lawyer, David Reisman a shareholder in the Liskow & Lewis New Orleans office for his summary of the United States v. American Commercial Lines decision.

  • Bulk cargoes to/from Argentina

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    27 NOV 2017

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    New Argentine Resolutions affect bulk carriers trading to Argentine ports. While Resolution No. 4138-E/2017 changes the way that cargo weight can be determined, Resolution 693-E/2017 clarifies SENASA’s role during vessel hold and tank inspections. 

  • New OCIMF pre-fixture tanker vetting cyber requirement

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    22 NOV 2017

    While the IMO has given shipowners and managers until 2021 to incorporate cyber risk into ships’ safety management systems, tanker owners and operators that are subject to vetting under OCIMF’s SIRE Programme will be expected to address cyber security risks in their policies and procedures as of 1 January 2018.

  • Hong Kong increases limits of liability for maritime claims

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    09 NOV 2017

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    The increased limits agreed in 2015 between the contracting parties to the 1996 protocol, enters into force in Hong Kong on 4 December 2017