11 May 2017
DIN EN ISO Certification of University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven - Faculty 1 Technology
MARSIG has successfully supported the certification of the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven - Faculty 1 Technology according to DIN EN ISO 9001 : 2015.
01 April 2017
Updated IMO SOPEP Contact List 'March 2017' available
IMO has released a revised MSC-MEPC.6/Circ.15, dated 31 March 2017. This contact list has to be distributed on board each vessel.
For more information please proceed to IMO's website or directly download a copy of the contact list (298 kB) from MARSIG server.

26 January 2017
ISM/MLC re-certification of MS Stubnitz
MARSIG has successfully supported the re-certification of the MS Stubnitz according to ISM/MLC.
01 January 2017
Occupational health and safety
MARSIG is the official occupational health and safety practitioner (SiFa) for the HDC Wasserbau Nord GmbH.
15 December 2016
DIN EN ISO Certification of Schlie Hydraulik-Service GmbH succeeded
MARSIG has successfully accompanied the certification of Schlie Hydraulik-Service GmbH according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
07 December 2016
DIN EN ISO Certification of KLOSKA Group succeeded
MARSIG has successfully certified the KLOASKA Group according to DIN EN ISO 50001.
01 December 2016
Occupational health and safety
MARSIG is the official occupational health and safety practitioner (SiFa) for BALTIC Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH.
18 November 2016
People Tracking System presentation at IMO Conference in London
The results of the successfully finalized R&D project SIREVA will be presented during the next IMO Conference in London on 22/23 November. The project coordinator Fraunhofer FKIE will have a speech regarding the outcomes of the project. A demonstration of the principles of electronic mustering on board of passenger ships will be given in the hallway of the IMO headquarter during the conference.
In this project MARSIG was the partner for programming the "Muster Control Center" software.
For interested parties and further development in People Tracking applications refer to Sireva Project Page.
04 November 2016
Release update of server platform for Wärtsilä SAM Electronics GmbH Service Department
MARSIG is hosting worldwide document and data distribution & control for bridge equipment of ships under service contract of Wärtsilä SAM Electronics GmbH.
01 November 2016
New R&D Project
MARSIG is partner of the new R&D project MemBran "Modelling of Emissions and Fuel Consumption during Manoeuvring of Ships" (Modellierung von Emissionen und Brennstoffverbrauch beim Manövrieren von Schiffen). MARSIG is involved in the development of an innovative assistance system to evaluate efficient fuel consumption of ships. The project is publicly funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). More information will be posted in due time.
01 October 2016
New Marsig Customer: Wisby Ship Management AB
We are glad to welcome Wisby Ship Management AB as new customer of MARSIG's Safety and Security Consulting Service

01 October 2016
New Marsig Customer: Reederei Harmstorf & Co
We are glad to welcome Reederei Harmstorf & Co. as new customer of MARSIG's Safety and Security Consulting Service

01 September 2016
New R&D Project
MARSIG is partner of the new R&D project EFAS "Operation Support System for Fire Brigades to Respond Danger on board Seagoing Vessels" (Einsatzunterstützungsystem für Feuerwehren zur Gefahrenbekämpfung an Bord von Seeschiffen). MARSIG is involved in the development of the monitoring and control system. The project is publicly funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). More information will be posted in due time.
09 August 2016
PSC CIC on Cargo Securing Arrangements / MLC 2006
The Tokyo MOU, Indian Ocean MOU and Black Sea MOU will carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Cargo Securing Arrangements from 1 September to 30 November 2016. During the same period the Paris MOU will carry out a CIC on maritime Labour Convention 2006, where the minimum standard on working and living conditions will be checked for compliance.
The PSC MOUs provide different checklists for preparation crews and ships accordingly.
More information and Downloads:
- Press Release of Indian Ocean MOU
- Press Release of Black Sea MOU
- Press Release of Tokyo MOU
- Press Release of Paris MOU

01 March 2016
Updated SSAS Contacts for Red Ensign Group
Until now the MRCC Falmouth was acting as Competent Authority for receiving and processing of SSAS alert messages for all Red Ensign Group ships. From 15th February 2016 this function has transferred to the new HM Coastguard's National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham, Hampshire. Ship Security Alert Systems on board affected ships should be reprogrammed with the new alert e-mail address. Further all CSOs should be aware about the changed 24/7 contact details.
During a transitional period until 1st July 2018 the old e-mail address and contact number keep simultaneously valid.
MARSIG doesn't publish the new alert address and 24/7 contact details on its website to avoid any abuse by e-mail spam. CSOs should get in contact with their Flag Administration for detailled information in this regard.

25 February 2016
US NBIC - Update of Ballast Water Reporting Form
As per US Coast Guard announcement the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) has changed the Ballast Water Reporting Form (also called Ballast Water Management Report), which becomes mandatory for use on 1st May 2016. Vessel owners and operators should provide their ships with the new form. All vessels equipped with ballast water tanks and bound for ports or places of the United States should be submitting a Ballast Water Management Report to the NBIC.
More information and Downloads:
- Visit US NBIC website
- Download of new NBIC BW Reporting Form (pdf / 214 kB) from MARSIG server.
- Download of NBIC BW Reporting Form Instructions (pdf / 357 kB) from MARSIG server.

20 February 2016
New Chinese Emission Control Areas established
Recently the Chinese Ministry of Transportation has published the new established Chinese National Emission Control Areas (ECA), which are not official IMO ECAs. Vessel Owners and Operators should be aware that since beginning of his year ports within those ECAs may require reduced sulphur content of 0.5% for fuel oil. The sulphur content of 0.5% becomes more and more mandatory during a transitional period until 2019 and will be decreased to 0.1% until 2020.
MARSIG has summarized the information in a small pdf info sheet (222 kB) for download. Please feel free and provide your vessels with, for updating the ECA Fuel Change-over Manuals.

01 December 2015
USCG - Safety Alert 13-15 on Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil & MARPOL Compliance
The USCG Safety Alert 13-15 (Update 1 to 02-15) contains additional recommendations when completing a fuel oil switch-over prior entering an ECA.
Additional information:
- USCG Safety Alert 13-15 on Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel (74 kb)

30 November 2015
USCG - Extension on approved BWM methods
The USCG has revised its Policy Letter 13-01 on "Extension of implementation schedule for approved ballast water management methods" to Revision 2. This policy letter provides revised guidance to vessel owners and operators seeking to extend compliance dates for implementing approved Ballast Water Management (BWM) methods.
Additional information:
- USCG Policy Letter No. 13-01, Rev.02 (142 kb)
- E-mail Template to USCG (15 kb)
- Excel Application Form to USCG (29 kb)

16 September 2015
USCG - Extension of implementation schedule for approved BWM methods
The US Code of Federal Regulations 33 CFR 151.1512(b) or 151.2035(b) define "original compliances dates" where vessels have to establish a "Quantitative Ballast Water Discharge Standard". All vessels are then required to be fitted with a type approved ballast water treatment system. Until a system receives full type approval from USCG, they can either install and use a system with AMS approval, or seek an extension from USCG. The implementation dates depend on vessel's construction date and ballast water capacity.
For example: Ships constructed before 2013, having a ballast water capacity of 1500-5000 m3 have to comply at the date of first scheduled dry docking after 2014! For more details refer to following information:
- USCG Homeport Website (at website proceed to Environmental > Ballast Water Management Program)
- USCG Policy Letter No. 13-01, Rev.01 (181 kb)

09 September 2015
PSC (MOU Riyadh) - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation
The Riyadh MOU Region on Port State Control will start a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation SOLAS Chapter V, commencing on 1 September 2015. The purpose of this CIC is to ensure that ships comply with the requirements of equipment such as AIS, VDR as well as to ensure that the Master and Watch Keeping Officers are familiar with these equipment.
Below please find links to further information.
- Riyadh MOU PSC Website
- Riyadh MOU Press Release and Checklist for CIC on Safety of Navigation

04 August 2015
PSC (MOU Paris / Tokyo) - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Enclosed Space Entry
The Paris and Tokyo MoU Regions on Port State Control will start a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry commencing on 1 September 2015. Below you could find links to further information.
- MOU Paris Website
- MOU Paris Press Release
- CIC Enclosed Space Entry Questionaire

7 May 2015
Infopath Retirement for US eNOA/D Submissions
Simultaneously with the release of the updated USCG eNOA Schema 3.5 on 26 May 2015, the Infopath Template is getting retired and will not further be supported for eNOA/D submissions. In future, users of the Infopath Template should use the online submission webservice of USCG, other offline tools like NVMC Workbook, or should looking for 3rd party software. Owners and operators should be aware that only the USCG eNOA Website or emailed XML files are completely fullfill the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements.
Marsig has updated it's full compliant eNOA Editor Software which is submitting eNOA/Ds via vessel's standard e-mail system to USCG. Feel free ans ask for an offer.
For more details refer to:
- USCG eNOA/D Schema 3.5 announcement
- CBP Requirements

23 March 2015
SOLAS Amendment: Fire-fighter's Communication
For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter's communication shall be carried on board. Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey after 1 July 2018.
For more details refer to:
- Resolution MSC.338(91) - Amendments to SOLAS

20 March 2015
Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks
The Convention requires the registered owner of a ship of 300 gross tonnage or above to maintain insurance or other financial security to cover the costs of locating, marking and removing of a wreck. Ships of 300GT and above will be required to carry a certificate issued by a State party to the Convention attesting that the necessary insurance is in place. From 14th April 2015 all vessels of 300GT and above will require to hold a certificate.
For more details refer to:
- Infos about Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks at imo.org

18 March 2015
Hong Kong Air Pollution Control Regulation
On 1 July 2015 the new Hong Kong "Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation" comes into force. To reduce the emission of sulphur oxides at berth, vessels of 500 gt and above are required to use marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%, LNG or other technologies (e.g. exhaust gas scrubber) to achieve the reduction of sulphur oxide emissions.
For more details refer to:
- HK Air Pollution Control Regulation L.N. 051 of 2015

16 March 2015
US Trade: New USCG Business Schema for eNOA/D Submissions
On 26 May USCG will update it's Business Schema to version 3.5. Beginning this date NOAD Schema 3.3 and older will not longer be supported! MARSIG has updated it's own eNOA/D Editor Software to be in compliance with Schema 3.4 which remains valid after 26 May. Please feel free and ask for an offer.
For more details refer to:
- News of the USCG National Vessel Movement Center
- MARSIG's eNOA/D Editor Software

03 February 2015
US Trade: Annual Report to be submitted to EPA until end of February
An annual report for each vessel which is covered under the Vessel General Permit (VGP2013) has to be created and submitted to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until end of February 2015. The report requests different information about the usage of on board treatment systems, like ballast water treatment, greywater treatment, OWS, exhaust gas scrubber, etc. The report could be created online as far as the user and its vessels are duly registered at EPA's internet database.
Link to: EPA CDX Login (VGP2013 Database)

11 December 2014
IMSBC Code Amendment 02-13
On 1st of January 2015 the International Maritime Solid Bulk Code incorporating Amendment 02-13 becomes mandatory for all bulker or general cargo ships which are able to transport solid cargo in bulk. The Code should be provided on board affected vessels.

4 December 2014
Maximum Content of Sulphur in Marine Fuels inside of Emission Control Areas (ECAs)
On 1st of January 2015 the next step of MARPOL Annex VI requirements enter into force where the max sulphur content in marine fuels used inside of Emission Control Areas must not exceed 0.1%.
In this connection MARSIG has updated its "ECA Fuel Change-over Manual" which includes all applicable regulations, a suitable reporting form, and an improved and simplyfied Excel Calculation for determining the Change-over Lead Time when switching from high sulphur to low sulphur fuel by blending in service tank.
Please request an offer in case you are interested in.

22 August 2014
Changed Implementation Dates for Ballast Water Convention Standards
Due to the fact that the ratification of the Ballast Water Convention by 30 states representing 35% of the world merchant shipping tonnage is being delayed, IMO has adopted Resolution A.1088(28) which introduces a relaxed phase-in period of the treatment standards for existing vessels. The resolution sets out new implementation dates which will come into effect when the Convention enters into force.
For more details refer to:
- IMO Resolution A.1088(28) (44 kB)
- IoM Circular on new BWM Convention Implementation Schedule (152 kB)

30 July 2014
PSC - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Hours of Rest
Different MoU Regions on Port State Control will start a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Hours of Rest beginning on 1 September 2014. Below you could download an information notice of the Isle of Man Administration in this regard where different questions should help you to check the on board compliance with the regulations.
For more details refer to:
- PSC CIC Information by Isle of Man

17 July 2014
MARSIG Office fully reachable again
We have concluded our complete overhauling in our office and are happy being online again. We are sorry for any inconveniences which have been experienced during the last days.

4 February 2014
Ship-specific Plan/Procedure for Recovery of Persons from the Water
On 1st July 2014 the adopted SOLAS amendment which requires ship-specific plans/procedures for the recovery of persons from the water enter into force. MARSIG has developed such procedures and could offer them to its clients including ship-specific adaptations.
For more details refer to:
- MSC.1/Circ.1447 - Guidelines for the Development of Plans for Recovery of Persons from the Water (19 kB)
- Resolution MSC.338(91) - SOLAS Amendment (785 kB)

8 January 2014
California Sulfur Regulation on Marine Fuel
On 1st January 2014 Phase II of the California Regulation on fuel sulfur for ocean-going vessels within California Waters came into force. Main engines, auxiliaries and oil-fired boilers have to be operated only with MDO (DMB) or MGO (DMA) whith a sulfur content at or below 0.1%
For more details refer to:
- California Air Resources Board - Marine Note 2013-1 (150 kB)
- California Fuel Regulation 13 CCR § 2299.2 (80 kB)
- California Fuel Regulation 17 CCR § 93118.2 (80 kB)

10 August 2013
ISM / ISPS and Q & E Certification of Heavy-Lift Jack-Up Vessel INNOVATION
Certification of HLJV INNOVATION according ISM / ISPS / ISO 9001:2008 / ISO 14001:2009-11 succeeded. MARSIG has successfully accompanied HLJV INNOVATION on its initial ISM / ISPS and Q&E certification.
For more details refer to:
- HGO InfraSea Solutions GmbH & Co. KG - Fact Sheet HLJV Innovation

8 August 2013
Paris MOU - CIC on propulsion and auxiliary machinery
The Paris and Tokyo MOU will carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on propulsion and auxiliary machinery commencing 1 September and ending 30 November 2013. The CIC will focus on compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1, Construction – Structure, subdivision and stability, and machinery and electrical installations.
For more details refer to:
- Liberia Advisory 02/2013 with checklist (34 kB)
- Website Paris MOU

09 April 2013
Asbestos on board ships
Due to recent events we want to draw the attention of ship owners and operators to the issue Asbestos. New installations of asbestos containing material (ACM) are prohibited since January 2011. Existing ACMs on board need to be monitored by a maintenance program which has to be established!
For more details refer to:
- SOLAS II-1/3-5.2
- Directive 2009/148/EC (775 kB)
- MSC/Circ. 1045 (211 kB)
- MSC.1/Circ 1374 (30 kB)
- MSC.1/Circ.1379 (25 kB)
- MSC.1/Circ.1426 (38 kB)

29 August 2012
MLC has been ratified now by 30 countries and comes into effect on 20 August 2013
Russian Federation and the Philippines have recently ratified the Maritime Labour Convention. Thus 30 countries which hold at least 33% of world's gross shipping tonnage, have ratified MLC now and it will come into effect 12 months later, on 20 August 2013.
For more details refer to ILO News

16 July 2012
US Interim Guidance on Non-availability of Compliant ECA Fuel Oil Quality
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently published Interim Guidelines for Ship Owners and Operators in case their vessels are not capable to purchase fuel oil which meets the quality requirements of the North American Emission Control Area.

14 July 2012
USCG adopts Biofouling Management Plan Requirements in Addition to pre-existing BWMP
US has updated its requirements on Biofouling Management in 33 CFR 151.2050. The three topics under §§(e), (f), (g) have been added and must be addressed within a Management Plan: 1) Rinse of anchors and anchor chains, 2) removing fouling organism from vessel's hull, 3) amending of the BWMP to reference biofouling maintenance. Because topic 1) and 2) are normally already addressed in Vessel's General Permit (VGP), only small changes are necessary within existing BWMPs. For more infos please get in contact with us.

11 July 2012
MARSIG Template of Declaration of MLC Compliance Part II
Until end of August MARSIG will prepare a template for Declaration of Maritime Labour Convention - Compliance Part II for free download. The template has been drawn up by the user to his Declaration Part I.

10 July 2012
MARSIG provides an appropriate SEEMP Template (399 kB) for free download. The proposed template is not intended to be exhaustive. However, MARSIG will not be liable for completeness of this template. It's user's obligation to bring the SEEMP template in line with requirements and certification.
If interested in additional EEOI / ESI calculation(s) and data collection please don't hesitate to contact us or request an offer.

05 July 2012
MARSIG has updated its Software for easy creating of eNOA/Ds for US Trade
MARSIG has updated its eNOAD Editor for an easy creating of Electronic Notices of Arrival/Departure for vessels in US Trade. The software is in compliance with the new USCG eNOAD Scheme 3.1 and fulfills also the requirements of US CBPs Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) where all crew members have to be registered on arrival.
If interested please feel free and request an offer.

05 July 2012
ISM / ISO Certification of HGO InfraSea Solution
Certification of HGO InfraSea Solution according ISM, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2009-11 succeeded. MARSIG has successfully accompanied HGO InfraSea Solution on its interim ISM and annual ISO certification.

08 June 2012
Satellite Phones are banned in India
As per DGS Order No. 02 of 2012 (pdf - 17 kB) from India Administration the usage of Satellite Phones like Iridium, Thuraya or similar systems are banned in Indian Waters under Section 6 of Indian Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act. Satellite phones can be used only after a no-objection certificate is issued by Department of Telecommunications. In case satellite phones are available on board, they have to be announced within the pre-arrival notification.

05 June 2012
KLOSKA Group - Annual ISO Certification succeeded
Certification of KLOSKA Group with its 18 branch companies according ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2009-11 succeeded. MARSIG has successfully accompanied the KLOSKA Group on its annual renewal certification.

04 June 2012
Paris MOU / Tokyo MOU - CIC on Fire Safety Systems Arrangements
Beginning on 1 September 2012 a three monthly joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Fire Safety Systems Arrangements will be held by PSC in the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions. Owners and Operators should check their vessels against the provided MoU Checklist. (pdf - 63 kB)

31 May 2012
US Requirements on Ballast Water Management amended
With date effective 21 June 2012 the US Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ballast water discharged from ships in waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is also amending its regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems (ballast water treatment systems).
For more details refer to:
- USCG - Environmental Standards Division
- NORTH - Marine Liability Ensurer

16 May 2012
Maximum Operational Load Test of Gangways
As per IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1331 every gangway or accommodation ladder should be tested with its specified maximum operational load during the five-yearly survey. In case the gangway is not fitted with plates where the maximum load values are stated, the maximum operational load has to be nominated by the shipowner or operator.

07 May 2012
California Air Resource Board - Sulphur Content of Marine Fuels
With date effective 1 August 2012 the fuel requirements within 24 nm of California Shore will be raised. All machinery (main engines, auxiliaries, boilers) has to be operated with destillates where MGO must not exceed a sulphur content of 1.0 % while MDO must not exceed a sulphur content of 0.5 %. Heavy Fuel Oils are prohibited from burning except the operator has obtained an excemption from CARB. By the way, also the North American ECA is coming into force on 1 August 2012 where the sulphur limit is partially differing from CARB's requirements. In such case the more strictly requirement is to be observed. For more details refer to our Summary Table on Marine Fuel Limitation. Further please keep in mind that a Fuel Change-over Procedure has to be on board when switching any machinery from High Sulphur Fuel (e.g. HFO) to Low Sulphur Fuel. Please request an offer with us to create that manual for you.

12 April 2012
Rest Time Calculation by MARSIG
The new Rest Time Regulations of the amended STCW Code, Chapter VIII, Section A-VIII/1, are in force since 1 January 2012. The different "minimum hours of rest" requirements are difficult to control for watchkeepers on board. Especially the term "any 24 h period" is not easy to understand.
Presently different companies offer their software solutions in this regard. MARSIG has developed its own rest time calculation which based on Microsoft's Excel. Please feel free and request an alternative offer with us in case other solutions seems to be too expensive.

12 March 2012
Brazil Trade: Air Quality Control Certificate for A/C Plants and Ship Sanitation Control Certificate
The Brazilian National Sanitation Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) will enforce local health regulations to ships arriving Brazilian Ports more rigorously! Especially ANVISA Resolution RDC 72 has to be observed. It requires maintenance records and an Air Quality Control Certificate to prove the good condition of A/C units in respect of maintenance, operation, control and cleaning.
Further RDC 72 requires a valid Ship Sanitation Control Certificate. Note that Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates will not be accepted!
For more details refer to:
- Gard Summary (26 kB, Source: http://www.gard.no).

11 March 2012
US Trade: California No Discharge Zone for Sewage established
Beginning in March 2012 seagoing vessels over 300 gt are prohibited from discharging of sewage, irrespective whether treated or not, while in California Marine Waters.
For more details refer to:
- EPA Fact Sheet (90 kB, Source: http://www.epa.gov).

04 January 2012
China Trade: Marine Pollution Emergency Preparation and Response Management
The regulations require owners/operators of ships carrying polluting or hazardous cargoes in bulk or any other ships above 10,000 gt to conclude an "Agreement for Ship Pollution Response" with an MSA approved OSRO (Oil Spill Response Organization)in China. Such an agreement has to be contracted before vessels enter a PRC port.
For more details refer to:
- Internet Source "West of England" - Member Notice 28/2011
- Maritime Safety Administration of the PRC - Announcement (26 kB)
- Maritime Safety Administration of the PRC - Sample Agreement (3,560 kB)

24 August 2011
New MARPOL - Consolidated Edition 2011 available
IMO has launched a new publications catalogue where the MARPOL - Consolitade Edition 2011 as well as other important publications are available for purchasing. Ask you nautical publications dealer for ordering details.

29 July 2011
Paris / Tokyo MOU - Concentrated Inspection Campain on Structural Safety and the International Convention on Load Lines
The 45 Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda on Port State Control will begin a joint concentrated inspection campaign with the purpose to ensure compliance with structural safety and the Load Line Convention. This inspection campaign will be held for 3 months, ending on 30 November 2011. The States party of the Viña del Mar Agreement, the Indian Ocean MOU, the Mediterranean MOU and the Black Sea MOU will follow the same routine during the campaign. (Source: Tokyo MOU)
For more details refer to: Press Release of Paris MOU"

27 July 2011
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI - Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan
IMO's MEPC has adopted an amendment to MARPOL Annex VI (new chapter 4) regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emmisions by ships. The aim of the amendment is to improve the energy effeciency performance of ships. To reach this goal an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new buildings will be established. Further a ship-specific Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) has to be developed by shipowners or operators for all of their ships. Presently the date effective is expected for the 1 January 2013. In this connection MARSIG offers the development of SEEMPs for its clients.
For more details refer to: IMO Website - "EEDI - rational, safe and effective"

6 July 2011
STCW Manila Amendments enter into force on 1 January 2012
The Manila Amendments of STCW include a lot of changes e.g.: adaptation of rest time hours to ILO-180 and MLC, approved Bridge Resource Management knowledges for navigational watch officers, new ECDIS approved training requirements for navigational watch officers, ...
Although the amendments enter into force at the beginning of next year there is a big transitional period until 31 December 2016. But finally any endorsement of training certificats as well as the issuance of new Certificates of Competency (CoC) is a matter of Flagstates. Owners/Operators should observe corresponding flagstate circulars in this regard where national rules will be laid down or should contact their flagstate administrations for national action dates.
For more details refer to: STCW Code - Manila Conference 2010 (997 kB).

5 July 2011
US Trade: EPA's VGP Requirement on "One Time Permit Report"
Owners/Operators of vessels in US Trade should keep in mind EPA's Vessels General Permit (VGP) coverage date of their vessels. Beside the creation/submission of annual non-compliance reports (only if non-compliances occur) a so called "One Time Permit Report" has to be submitted to EPA between 30 and 36 months after obtaining the permit coverage.
For more details refer to EPA NPDES Website
EPA's template of an One Time Permit Report could be downloaded here (87 kB).

1 March 2011   
MARPOL Annex V - Wider Carribean Region becomes Special Area
Since 1993 the "Wider Carribean Region" was designated as Special Area under MARPOL Annex V but this regulation has not taken effekt because of missing port reception facilities within this area. Now the local states meet the criteria of sufficient reception capacity and the date on which the Regulation shall take effekt has been set by MEPC60 to 1 May 2011. Ship Owners and Operators should advise their ship's crews about changed requirements on garbage disposal when sailing in that region.
For more details refer to: IMO MEPC 60th Session

24 February 2011   
MOU between USCG and EPA on VGP Monitoring
The Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements under the NPDES program became effective in February 2009. Since then EPA had confidence on voluntary compliance to these mandatory requirements because of less own enforcement staff. Now USCG is also authorized to check vessel's compliance to this regulation. Operators and Captains should be aware and prepared about upcoming inspections in this regard.
For more details refer to:
MOU between USCG and EPA
USCG VGP Checklist

12 January 2011   
Turkish PSC starts Routine Inspections on Ballast Water Exchange
Turkish PSC are starting routine inspections and will begin to collect water samples from the ballast tanks of vessels which could not, or did not, complete a ballast water exchange before entering port. It is said that these inspections will be conducted without causing any undue delay and it is expected that vessels will not be detained because of ballast water management deficiencies ... (source: BIMCO)
For more details and recommendations for vessels arriving Turkish Waters refer to BIMCO News

22 December 2010   
Pre Arrival / Departure Reporting Obligations in European Waters 2011
Simultaneously with the New Inspection Regine of Paris MOU new requirements for Pre-Arrival / Departe Notification enter into force. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) provides a list of reporting requirements of the different member states on its website.
14 December 2010   
Amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-2 Reg.19 - Carriage of Dangerous Goods
Parts of Resolution MSC.269(85) (pdf - 221 kB) containing amendments of SOLAS II-2 Regulation 19 - Carriage of Dangerous Goods, enters into force on 1 January 2011. Especially changes in table 19.3 have to be observed.
26 November 2010   
Mandatory Ship-to-Ship Transfer Plan for Oil Tankers
Resolution MEPC.186(59) (pdf - 84 kB) contains 2009 amendments to MARPOL, where a new Chapter 8 "Prevention of Pollution during Transfer of Oil Cargo between oil Tankers at Sea" has been added to Annex I. The new Chapter 8 enters into force on 1 January 2011 and requires approved STS Plans to be available on board each Oil Tanker of about 150 gt.
11 November 2010   
Amendments to the Oil Record Book enters into Force on 1 January 2011
Resolution MEPC.187(59) (pdf - 108 kB) contains the 2009 amendments to MARPOL Annex I which enter into force on 1 January 2011. Part of the revision is an amendment of Oil Record Books. Ship Owners and Operators are requested to provide their vessels with an updated ORB.
10 November 2010   
New Paris MOU on Port State Control Inspection Regime in 2011
From 1 January 2011 the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control will change its inspecting regime from a "Target Factor" to a "Ship Risk Profile" where ships are getting devided into three classes: High Risk Ships (HRS), Standard Risk Ships (SRS) and Low Risk Ships (LRS). Depending on these risk profiles the new inspection frequencies will be settled.
For more details refer to:
- P.MOU Ship Risk Profile Scheme
- Paris MOU - Description of the new Inspection Regime (pdf - 30 kB)
- GL - Description of new Paris MOU Inspection Regime (pdf - 1,136 kB)

1 November 2010   
Revised SOLAS Chapter III regarding Personal Life-saving Appliances
Since 1 July 2010 the revised SOLAS Chapter III, Reg.7, Subparagraph 2.1.5 is in force where vessels which are fitted with adult lifejackets not designed to fit persons weighting up to 140 kg and with a chest girth of up to 1,750 mm, have to be provided with suitable accessories to allow them to be secured to such persons. Refer to MSC.201(81) (14 kB).

20 September 2010   
Denial of entry to US waters for substandard vessels
USCG may deny entry of foreign flagged vessels into US waters in case they are repeatedly detained (three detentions within 12 months) by USCG Port State Control Officers for significant safety and security non-compliances and substandard conditions ...
For more details refer to Lloyd's Register Classification News No. 36/2010

28 July 2010   
Requirement for Mandatory Carriage of ECDIS and BNWAS enters into force soon
The latest SOLAS Amendment of Chapter V (Safety of Navigation) Regulation 19, regarding the mandatory carriage of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) as well as Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) comes into force on 1 January 2011 with transitional periods for existing ships. For more details refer to MARSIG's Table of Important New Regulations

22 June 2010   
Norwegian Ballast Water Management Regulation
From 1st July 2010 all ships are required to exchange, treat or deliver to a shore reception facility all ballast water taken up outside special areas. Further, ships are required to have an approved ballast water management plan on board and maintain a ballast water record book.
For more details refer to:
- Lloyd's Register News
- Norwegian Ballast Water Regulation

10 June 2010   
DIN EN ISO Certification of KLOSKA Group succeeded
MARSIG has successfully accompanied the KLOSKA Group on its annual renewal of the DIN EN ISO 9001/14001 Certification.

04 June 2010   
Requirement for VOC Management Plans on board Crude Oil Tankers comes into force soon!
The revised MARPOL Annex VI enters into force on 01 July 2010. Regulation 15 requires that Tankers carrying crude oil shall have on board and implement a Volatile Organic Compounds Management Plan approved by the Administration.
For more details please refer to our Table of Important New Regulations
In this regard MARSIG has prepared a VOC Management Plan and offers the ship specific creation and submission until the dead line.

01 June 2010   
ILO Maritime Labour Convention
The ratification of ILO's Maritime Labour Convention is expected for early 2011. MARSIG is well prepared for accompanying its clients on the way to ILO certification of their vessels. Especially the creation and implementation of different MLC Procedures is a time-consumption process and should be started soon.
For more details please refer to our Table of Important New Regulations

23 April 2010   
ISM Certification of HOCHTIEF Construction AG Civil Engineering and Marine Works succeeded
MARSIG has successfully accompanied Company HOCHTIEF Construction AG Civil Engineering and Marine Works on its way to an ISM Certification by Germanischer Lloyd. At present the brand-new Jack-up Barge "THOR" will be prepared for certification, too.

30 March 2010   
EU Directive on Port State Control
The European Parliament and the Council have issued the Directive 2009/16/EC  (1,048 kB) which gives a legal basis for Port State Controls in Community Ports. Beside others the Directive defines: Ship Risk Profiles, Selection of Ships for Inspection, Rectification and Detentions, Follow-up Inspections, Banning and Refusal of Access to Ports, Penalties, Elements of the PSC System, List of Certificates and Documents to be on board, Examples of Clear Grounds, and others ....

29 March 2010   
UK MCA Inspection Campain regarding unsafe manning level on UK and Non-UK Ships
Both UK and non-UK ships will be subject to inspection, with ships operating busy schedules with small crews being targeted. On board schedules and work records will be checked, and compared to the operating pattern of the ship to verify their accuracy. As well as hours of rest, surveyors will be checking for compliance with the requirement for a dedicated lookout at night ...
For more details refer to MCA's Press Release
06 January 2010   
China - Requirement to contract with a local clean up contractor
Until 1 March 2010 all operators of ships carrying polluting and hazardous liquid in bulk, and other ships of above 10,000 GT, must conclude a pollution cleanup operation contract with an approved pollution cleanup company before entering a port of the People's Republic of China.
Details are stated on different P&I Websites like SKULD or Swedish Club
04 January 2010   
Two separate controls for CO2 Fire Extinguishing Systems required
Ships built before 1 July 2002 and fitted with a fixed CO2 fire extinguishing system for the protection of machinery spaces and cargo pump rooms shall be provided with 2 separate controls for releasing CO2 into a protected space by the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 January 2010. (FSS Code Ch. 5, § 2.2.2)

03 January 2010   
Updated IMO SOPEP Contact List 'December 2009' available
IMO has released a revised MSC-MEPC.6/CIRC.6 (ANNEX 2 for SOPEP), issued 31 December 2009. This contact list has to be distributed on board each vessel.
You can download this pdf file at IMO's website or here (149 kB).

16 December 2009
Max. 0.1% Sulphur Content by Weight for Marine Fuels for Ships at berth in EU Community Ports from 1 January 2010
As per EU Directive 2005/33 from the 1 January 2010 the maximum sulphur content is limited to 0.1% by weight for any marine fuels used by inland waterway vessels and ships at berth in EU Community ports.

15 December 2009
New SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2009 available
The new SOLAS Consolidated Edition 2009 has been published by IMO since a few days. This main publication of the International Maritime Organization should be available on board each ship.

14 December 2009
IMDG Code Amendment 34-08 enters into force on 1 January 2010
On 1 January 2010 the revised IMDG Code Amendment 34-08 becomes mandatory for all ships involved in the transport of Dangerous Goods. Those ships have to be provided with the latest IMDG Code issue. Different changes have been made e.g. a revised symbol for "Marine Pollutant" called "Fish and Tree".
One possible purchasing source is the Storck Verlag.

10 December 2009
We are glad to welcome H & H Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG, Reederei Hinsch GmbH & Co. KG as well as Shipping Company Coaster Services as new customers of MARSIG's Safety and Security Consulting Service.

13 October 2009
Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships adopted
The Hong Kong International Convention was signed by different countries in May 2009 but the 'Entry into Force' criteria are complex and that's why the convention is not expected to enter into force until 2015. The convention covers the entire process from newbuilding to the ship recycling and contains requirements on Shipyards, Owners and Recycling Facilities.    ... more details

24 September 2009
Amended Emergency Towing Procedures enter into force on 1 January 2010
On its 84th session the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has adopted different amendments to SOLAS, including changes on Emergency Towing of SOLAS Ch II-1, Reg. 3-4. Not only Tankers of not less than 20,000 t deadweight but Passenger Ships and Cargo Ships are requested to hold Emergency Towing Procedures after a transitional period for existing ships. For more details refer to IMO Resolution MSC.256(84).
In this regard MARSIG has already prepared an Emergency Towing Booklet which fulfills the requirements of SOLAS and which will be offered to our clients.
19 September 2009
US "Vessel General Permit" Requirements enter into force
Existing ships in US trade have to submit an electronic "Notice of Intent" to be covered by the "Vessel General Permit" until 19 September 2009.

8 September 2009
Amendments to the ISM Code
The existing subparagraph .2 of paragraph 1.2.2 of the Code has been replaced by: "assess all identified risks to its ships, personnel and the environment and establish appropriate safeguards...". Experience has shown that Portstate, Flag and Classification Surveyors increasingly check such Risk Assessment which has to be added to Company's SMS.

15 July 2009
Material Safety Data Sheets for MARPOL I Cargoes and Marine Fuel Oils
As per amendment to SOLAS Chapter VI (new regulation 4-1) ships are required to hold Material Safety Data Sheets for all MARPOL Annex I Cargoes as well as Marine Fuel Oils from 1 July 2009. The regulation refers to the recommendation for MSDAs adopted by the Organization through Resolution MSC.150(77) (20 kB). Fuel oil suppliers should be reminded of their obligation to provide the ship with the corresponding MSDS on bunkering.
(edit: MSC.150(77) has been revoked and superseded by MSC.286(86). MSC.239(83) - Amendments to SOLAS take effect on 1 January 2011.)
23 June 2009
US Trade - "Notice of Intent" for Vessel's General Permit (NPDES) available
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its "Notice of Intent" Application Form for obtaining a General Permit. Shipping Companies should apply for a General Permit for all of its vessels in US Trade until 19th September 2009. EPA has also arranged an online application. For more details refer to EPA's Website
3 June 2009
First shipping companies prepared for US EPA General Permit
Marsig successfully prepared some customers´ vessels for the application of US EPA General Permit. Such permit requires the o/b implementation of the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System). The NPDES describes technical and organizational measures to avoid unnecessary or excessive discharge of waste (gaseous, liquid, solid) by vessels sailing in US coastal waters. Since those environmental issues are similar to the targets of ISO 14001 standard, Marsig implemented NPDES in conjunction with an EMS (Environmental Management System). The implementation was accompanied by an o/b waste stream analysis and the final documentary expertise carried out by the responsible US qualified individual.

19 May 2009
Latest Update for California Regulation on Fuel Sulfur
The regulation on fuel sulfur and operational requirements for ocean-going vessels within California Waters and 24 nautical miles of the California Baseline is presently undergoing the final administrative review and is expected to enter into force on 1 July 2009. Please find our updated summary table of all current and future sulfur regulations.

12 May 2009
PSC MOU's Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Lifeboat Launching Arrangements
Paris and Tokyo MOU's on Port State Control will held a Concentrated Inspection Campain on Lifeboat Launching Arrangements as per SOLAS Chapter III from 1 September 2009 , ending on 30 November 2009. A questionaire which list over 20 selected items to verify will be published on the websites of Paris and Tokyo MOU in the first week of August 2009.

17 April 2009
Revised MARPOL Annex VI and NOx Technical Code 2008 - Edition 2009 available
IMO has published a revised MARPOL Annex VI and NOx Technical Code 2008 - Edition 2009 booklet, IMO Sales Number IA664E. This contains the latest regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. Especially the Regulation 13 about Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) contains a new classification of ships into different "Tier" categories as well as new regulations for diesel engines installed on ships constructed prior to 1 January 2000.

24 February 2009
Fuel Change-over Manual for Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA)
Since MARPOL Annex VI regulation of sulphur emission control became effective, more and more ships have been subjected to Port State Controls concerning sulphur emission in SECAs. Vessels have to show evidences for the fuel oil change-over in time prior entering SECAs. MARSIG has developed a Fuel Oil Change-over Manual which can be easily adjusted to vessel's fuel oil system and which helps to schedule the fuel-oil change-over to, and the consumption of low sulphur fuel.
For better understanding please feel free and download our Example Manual (without calculation procedure) here (511 kB).
For more information on current and future sulphur content regulations please refer to our summary table.
21 January 2009
Update with regard to the US EPA General Permit
After publishing the final US General Permit Regulations on 19 December 2008, applicable to nearly all discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, Shipping Companies should be aware about the dates where requirements come into effect.
For more details refer to:
MARSIG summary of important deadlines in this regard,
EPA's Final General Permit Website

16 January 2009
Important Information on Piracy
On account of current events MARSIG has linked two important Websites where Shipping Companies could obtain information on piracy including: Piracy Reports, Piracy Alerts, Advise to Masters, Transit Guidance     ... and more.

31 December 2008
Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) Regulation enters into force
Vessels of 300 GT and upwards on international voyages have to be fitted with a LRIT system not later than the first radio survey after 31 December 2008. For more details refer to MSC 202(81) (22 kB)

21 November 2008
Bunker Convention enters into force
The Bunker Convention requires to maintain insurance or other financial security, to cover the liability of the registered owner for pollution damages especially for bunker oil spillages. Only a few flag states have already ratified the convention but ships have to hold a Bunker Certificate when intending to call a port of a state party.

27 September 2008
Sewage Pollution Prevention Regulation enters into force
MARPOL Annex IV as amended by Resolution MEPC.115(51) requires Ships of 400 gross tonnage and above to hold an International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate.

26 September 2008
"Vessel General Permit" required for Ships in US Trade until 19 December 2008
Presently the Rules of the US National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) will be changed. All operational discharges of ships like (but not limited to): ballast water, engine cooling water, grey water, chain locker effluent, firemain system, cathodic protection, freshwater layup, ... need to be permitted and controlled. The new rules are presently available as a proposal only but should come into force until 19 December 2008. Vessel operators are required to submit a Notice of Intent on which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a Vessel General Permit. Further the rules require weekly, quarterly and annual inspections which have to be documented.
For more details refer to following sources:
EPA Website
Information Sheet - Gallagher Marine (63 kB)
Information Sheet - International Chamber of Shipping (392 kB)
Information Sheet - ECM Maritime (65 kB)
17 September 2008
International Convention on the Control of Harmful Antifouling Systems on Ships enters into force
Ships of 400 gross tonnage and above engaged in international voyages will be required to hold an International Anti-fouling System Certificate
For more details please refer to the Anti-fouling Convention at IMO's website.

29 August 2008
Concentrated PSC Inspection Campaign on Navigation Equipment
From 1 September until 30 November the PSC regions Paris MOU, Tokyo MOU, Black Sea MOU, Indian Ocean MOU and USCG intend to carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on navigation equipment.
Germanischer Lloyd provides a checklist on his website in this regard (40 kB).

10 July 2008
We are glad to welcome Reederei Eilbrecht GmbH & Co. KG as a new customer of MARSIG's Safety and Security Consulting Service.

2 July 2008
Enforcement of the Requirements on Non Tank Vessel Response Plans for Vessels in US Trade
The Coast Guard has issued a notice to inform U.S. and foreign flag nontank vessel owners and operators that effective August 22, 2008, they will begin enforcing the requirement to prepare and submit a nontank vessel response plan (NTVRP) for certain nontank vessels, as required by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004.
For more details please refer to:
- US Code of Federal Regulation CFR Vol.73 No.121 (52 kB)
- USCG Interim Guidance for the development of NTVRPs (2,866 kB)
- News at Blank Rome Website.

24 June 2008
Bunkers Convention and Convention on the Control of Harmful Antifouling Systems
Be aware about IMO's Bunkers Convention which will enter into force on 21 November 2008 as well as IMO's Convention on Control of Harful Antifouling Systems on Ships which will enter into force on 17 Septermer 2008. Both conventions require additional shipboard certificates to be issued. Please refer also to our right hand Deadline Counters.

30 April 2008
New ARROW Release 3.3.2 available
MARSIG has launched the new release 3.3.2 of its ARROW software (Avoidance of Roll Resonance Or Wave Impact). As one of our new customers we are glad to welcome Hapag-Lloyd, which has ordered 30 Licenses for 6 different type vessels.

21 February 2008
Ballast Water Management Regulation Brazil
Brazilian PSC officers may take random samples of a vessel’s ballast water for testing with a Refractometer. If the test results indicate that the ballast water has a density of around 1025 kg/m3 the vessel will be deemed to have conducted its ballast exchange more than 200 nautical miles from the coast. However, occasions have arisen in the past where ballast water samples have been found to be 1020 kg/m3 or less. This has resulted in assuming that the ballast water exchange took place less than 200 miles from shore in breach of Brazilian environmental legislation ... Possible fines have ranged from US$ 600 to US$ 28,000,000.
Source: West of England P&I News.

25 January 2008
Mandatory Electronic Pre-Arrival Notification for Hamburg Port
Since 2007 ships on international trade have to submit their Pre-Arrival Notification to the Hamburg Port Security electronically and encrypted. The data have to be carried out as a xml-file in a required file format. Alternatively the local agent or any other representative of the ship may send this attachement via the online file transmission service "Elektronische Poststelle" of the e-Government Portal of Hamburg. Using this service requires a registration in advance.
During a transitional period which duration is not clearly defined, the Authority still accept the traditional pre-arrival notification.
For more details please refer to Polizei Hamburg Service.

17 January 2008
Sulphur Content of Marine Gas Oil used in EU Waters
As per Directive 1999/32/EC member states shall take all necessary steps to ensure that Gas Oil, including Marine Gas Oil, are not used from 1 January 2008 if their sulfur content exceeds 0.1% by mass.
As per Directive 2005/33/EC and with effect from 1 January 2010, all inland waterway vessels and ships berthing any Community ports must not use Marine Fuels with a sulphur content exceeding 0.1% per mass.
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