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Gabon deflags sanctioned Sovcomflot tanker

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

Sanctions Tankers and Gas

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Why the flagging standards of flag states are a problem for everyone

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

Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast Regulation

Yes, governments can tell you what to do

Shipowners sometimes argue that they are merely humble ‘taxi drivers of the sea’. But few professions are as extensively regulated as driving taxis

Lloyd List - The View Sanctions

Trafigura loses tanker charter spat with Greek owner

The court dismissed as ‘fanciful’ Trafigura’s argument that WhatsApp messages were informal and of lesser importance than emails in negotiations

Tankers and Gas Law

Europe agrees on updated maritime pollution policy

The EU has agreed to update its directive on ship-source pollution. Move will see better data sharing and transparency on penalties

Sustainability EU

BIMCO takes clash of Hong Kong and Basel conventions to IMO

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

Sustainability Ship Recycling

WSC tables new IMO economic measure proposal

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

Sustainability Containers

Bulkers will be last to decarbonise, says Precious Shipping

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’

Dry Bulk Sustainability

Support grows for IMO greenhouse gas levy despite China opposition

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

Sustainability IMO

New EU safety directive wins political support

New rules will bring closer alignment with international standards. EMSA to play greater role in national investigations

Europe Regulation

Norway, Brazil and UAE support China’s IMO fund proposal

Mid-term economic and technical measure proposals start to emerge ahead of MEPC81, which will be held on March 18-22

Sustainability Regulation

Flagless, sanctioned ships with no clear insurance continue to trade unchallenged

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

Sanctions Dry Bulk

‘Hell and high water’ clause applies despite Red Sea crisis, Reed Smith warns

High risk of mistaken identity for ships with no links to Israel, US or UK, adds Gallagher

Red Sea Risk Law

Intermanager requests EU ETS clarification on bareboat charters

Intermanager said EU amendments to allow bareboat charterers to assume ETS responsibility without being ISM managers would reduce the likelihood of future litigation

Europe Ship Management

IMO to tackle growing problem of fraudulent seafarer certificates

The IMO looks to tackle the ‘serious problem’ of fraudulent seafarer certificates by creating a digital system to verify documents

IMO Regulation

Netherlands’ law firms offer legal services in ‘ship arrest paradise’

AKD, NautaDutilh, Van Traa and Hoek Advocatuur are among local lawyers targeting maritime industries and marine insurers

Netherlands Law
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