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The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-first session 10 to 19 May 2006, recalled that at
its seventy-fifth session (15 to 24 May 2002), it had considered the issue of the unacceptably high
number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were being injured, sometimes fatally, while
participating in lifeboat drills and/or inspections, and noted that most accidents fell under the
following categories:


The information contained in these Guidelines should be regarded as guidance in achieving an efficient and effective system for the handling of oily bilge water and oily residues for new buildings and, where applicable and reasonable, for ships which are in service.

Guidance on application of CSS Code Annex 14 for Panamanian containerships

Instructions from the Administration of Panama regarding IMO MSC.1/Circ. 1352/Rev.1 (CSS Code Annex 14) were announced in ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1097 dated 28 December 2016.

The Administration has updated MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-340, including their additional guidance on the application of relevant requirements to existing containerships, as attached.

ANNEX 1 RESOLUTION MEPC.252(67) Adopted on 17 October 2014

2.5.2 If a ship has violated the BWM Convention, the PSCO may take steps to warn, detain or  exclude  the  ship  or  grant  such  a  ship  permission  to  leave  to  discharge  ballast  water  
elsewhere or seek repairs.

Air Emissions Standards within the Canadian

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform stakeholders that under the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations (the Regulations),the sulphur content requirements for marine fuel will be 0.1% effective January 1, 2015.

OP Notice to Shipping N-1-2017, Vessel Requirements

Since January 1, 2001, the Panama Canal Authority has required vessels maneuvering in Canal waters to switch from heavy fuel to light duel.
This requirement was included from 2001 until 2016 in Notice to Shipping No.N-10, Operational Equipment Tests. Beginning in 2017, the aforementioned requirement on maneuvering fuel was removed from the revised version of Notice to Shipping No.N-10 and included in OP Notice to Shipping N-1-2017, Vessel Requirements.

IMO Index of IMO Resolutions

Resolutions are adopted by the key organs and committees of the Organization.  Resolutions are issued within official IMO meeting reports and documents relating to the relevant committee or organ. For access to the offical reports and documents of meetings where resolutions were adopted, from 2000 to present.

Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program Update

Vessel owners/operators are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151, Sections 151.1510 or 151.2025. Upon a vessel’s compliance date, these regulations require use of one of the approved ballast water management methods listed in the regulations.

Panama Canal – tanker deck cooling now mandatory

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, transiting crude oil tankers, product carriers, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less than 18°C are required to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent activation of their pressure relief valves during transit.

IACS LNG Bunkering Guidelines 2016 08

This guideline provides recommendations for the responsibilities, procedures and equipment required for LNG bunkering operations and sets harmonised minimum baseline recommendations for bunkering risk assessment, equipment and operations.
These guidelines do not consider commercial aspects of the bunker transfer such as Bunker Delivery Notes and measurement of quantity or quality of LNG.