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.
This bulletin provides an update on aspects of the Coast Guard’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) program. It includes guidance to comply with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151, Subparts C and D. It also announces a change to the terms of extended compliance dates the Coast Guard will issue to vessels.
The IMO's Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 2nd Session (SSE2), 23-27 March 2015, where draft amendments to SOLAS regulations II-2/1.2.9 and II-2/10.5.1.2.2 relating to machinery spaces of category A containing only oil-fired boilers agreed, for submission to MSC 96 with a view to approval and subsequent adoption.
DNV GL has recently issued regulatory update on the application of MSC.1/CIRC.1352 (CSS Code Annex 14) for container vessels and other vessels equipped for carriage of containers.
The amendment to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) Annex 14, “Guidance on Providing Safe Working Conditions for Securing of Containers on Deck”
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has advised of harmonized CSR for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers enforcement on 1 July 2015, which will supersede the current Common Structural Rules for Double Hull Oil Tankers and Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers (Part XVIII and Part XIX of RS Rules for the Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships). The harmonized Rules will be inalterably included in the normative documents of all IACS members, RS included.