USCG - Extension of implementation schedule for approved BWM methods

2015-09-16
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)

PSC (MOU Riyadh) - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation

2015-09-09
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

PSC (MOU Paris / Tokyo) - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Enclosed Space Entry

2015-08-04
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

Infopath Retirement for US eNOA/D Submissions

2015-05-07
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

SOLAS Amendment: Fire-fighter's Communication

2015-03-23
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

Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks

2015-03-20
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

Hong Kong Air Pollution Control Regulation

2015-03-18
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

US Trade: New USCG Business Schema for eNOA/D Submissions

2015-03-16
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

US Trade: Annual Report to be submitted to EPA until end of February

2015-02-03
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)

IMSBC Code Amendment 02-13

2014-12-11
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.

Maximum Content of Sulphur in Marine Fuels inside of Emission Control Areas (ECAs)

2014-12-04
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.

Changed Implementation Dates for Ballast Water Convention Standards

2014-08-22
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)

PSC - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Hours of Rest

2014-07-30
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

MARSIG Office fully reachable again

2014-07-17
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.

Ship-specific Plan/Procedure for Recovery of Persons from the Water

2014-02-04
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)

California Sulfur Regulation on Marine Fuel

2014-01-08
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)