Sovcomflot has shifted most of its Liberia-flagged tankers to Gabon over the past two months after its shipmanagement arm was sanctioned, but those directly designated have reflagged to Russia
Between dark fleet ships evading sanctions and fraudulently flagged ships disappearing off the radar completely, there is a growing number of old, unsafe ships trading outside of the established rules based order of global trading standards. At the heart of the problem are flag states that fail to offer basic oversight of the ships they purport to regulate and that gap threatens a environmental catastrophe
Shipowners sometimes argue that they are merely humble ‘taxi drivers of the sea’. But few professions are as extensively regulated as driving taxis
The court dismissed as ‘fanciful’ Trafigura’s argument that WhatsApp messages were informal and of lesser importance than emails in negotiations
The EU has agreed to update its directive on ship-source pollution. Move will see better data sharing and transparency on penalties
Shipowner trade association joins forces with Bangladesh, India, Norway, Pakistan and the International Chamber of Shipping to ask the International Maritime Organization to sort out the mess
Fee that vessels will pay under new proposal will be dependent on alternative fuel availability, while payments for first movers will be proportionate with emission reduction methods
Precious Shipping has delivered a grim forecast for its sector’s green prospects, saying first movers would face higher costs and that the EU ETS will not reduce CO2 emissions by ‘an iota’
New proposals point to consensus among nearly 50 member states around a global GHG levy to be adopted by the IMO next year as part of its mid-term measures, but opposition from China and handful of key IMO power brokers could yet force an alternative route
New rules will bring closer alignment with international standards. EMSA to play greater role in national investigations
Mid-term economic and technical measure proposals start to emerge ahead of MEPC81, which will be held on March 18-22
Three sanctioned ships formerly owned by the Syrian government continue to carry grain between Russian occupied Crimea and Syria, despite the vessels having no flag registration or known insurance cover
High risk of mistaken identity for ships with no links to Israel, US or UK, adds Gallagher
Intermanager said EU amendments to allow bareboat charterers to assume ETS responsibility without being ISM managers would reduce the likelihood of future litigation
The IMO looks to tackle the ‘serious problem’ of fraudulent seafarer certificates by creating a digital system to verify documents
AKD, NautaDutilh, Van Traa and Hoek Advocatuur are among local lawyers targeting maritime industries and marine insurers
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