There are currently close to 60,000 ships moving all types of cargo around the world. There are also many more specialist ships; for example, offshore support vessels. Every day, these thousands of ships travel many hundreds of miles and visit countless ports along the way. Navigating a clear route through the complexity of regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions can be challenging, so it is important to keep up to date with regulatory changes.
Please click here for shipping jurisdictions from around the globe, plus links to team members who specialise in this area.
Delivering cargo without presentation of original Bills of Lading – Minimising Risk for Carriers
Original bills of lading (“OBL”) act as proof of title over cargo.
Technology ahoy! Shipping and the cult of paper
Despite advances in technology, shipping remains a traditional industry, with a particular fondness for paper.
Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force imminently: recent developments
IMO International Convention now has 61 contracting states.
Corruption risk in the port sector
In both 2014 and 2016, The Economist magazine published a Crony Capitalism Index that included the port sector.
Singapore: Amendments to MLC 2006
Compulsory Provision of Financial Security for the Repatriation of Abandoned Seafarers and Work Injury Compensation.
Infographic: Key Shipping Regulations – 2017 and onwards
Our timeline highlights some of the key regulatory amendments which will come into effect in the coming years.
What do the Oscars and the Maritime Industry have in common?
In my mind the Oscars are to do with the celebration of excellence in the film industry; the ultimate recognition of film makers, directors and actors. Read more
The LMAA Terms revised – LMAA Terms 2017
The LMAA has recently published a revised version of its terms of procedure that will become effective in respect of all appointments made on or after 1 May 2017. Read more
Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017
As at February 2017, the Convention has 54 contracting states, representing approximately 53.30% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet. Read more
ITF measures and strikes against foreign vessels in German ports
In recent months, we have seen an increasing number of cases of boycotts and strike measures against vessels under foreign flags in German ports by the ITF. Read more
Scrapping ships, drilling rigs and other offshore assets
Ships, drilling units and other offshore assets almost inevitably contain quantities of hazardous substances – asbestos, mercury, PCBs, NORMs and others. Read more
UK Shipping Regulatory Update
In recent years, vessel operators and their insurers have had to address increasing regulatory demands.
Six months on – SOLAS Container Weight Verification: an update
Now that the ‘grace period’ is over and the regulations have had time to bed in, the industry is able to assess the impact of the Regulations, both to date and going forward. Read more
The mandatory use of mass flow meters for bunkering in Singapore
From 1 January 2017, all physical bunker suppliers in Singapore must deliver bunkers using mass flow meters.
Implementation of MARPOL waste management regulations in the Port of Jebel Ali
DP World, the operator of the Port of Jebel Ali, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Trakhees in early 2016 to tackle pollution from vessels. Read more
An application of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements in Singapore
After 1 October 2016, with the enactment of the Choice of Court Agreements Act (the “CCAA”), the Singapore Court must stay the Singapore proceedings and may also release the obtained security. Read more
What could Brexit mean for the shipping industry?
Following the victory of the Conservative Party in last May’s general election, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU by the end of 2017. Read more
Containers: “heavies over lights” a thing of the past?
On 1 July 2016, the amendments to Chapter VI Regulation 2 of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (“SOLAS”) will become effective. Read more
MCA investigates alleged MLC breach – would your ship pass?
The English High Court has ruled on a claim for judicial review of a decision made by the MCA regarding a dispute between a seafarer employee and his former cruise ship company employer. Read more
BIMCO launches new Cyber Security guidelines
On 5 January 2016, BIMCO, in association with CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO, launched guidelines aimed at preventing cyber security breaches on board ships. Read more