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Client Alerts - 2018

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  • 20-2018 California Marine Invasive Species Program
    We have been seeing an increase in cases where vessels calling at California ports are issued deficiencies by inspectors from the State Lands Commission (SLC) for a failure to submit Ballast Water Management Reports (BWMR) for each port of call.

  • 19-2018 19A-2018 Hazardous Materials Cargo - Training and Reporting Requirements
    ECM has previously issued two Client Alerts (ECM Client Alert 19-2018 and ECM Client Alert 19-2018 (REVISED)) on this subject matter. The USCG has now provided additional guidance to us.

  • 19-2018 19-2018 REVISED Hazardous Materials Cargo - Training and Reporting Requirements
    As you know, on August 27, 2018 ECM issued Client Alert 19-2018 concerning basic HAZMAT awareness training required for vessels authorized/certified to carry dangerous cargos.

  • 19-2018 19-2018 Hazardous Materials Cargo - Training and Reporting Requirements
    Recently, an ECM client received a deficiency during a USCG Port State Control (PSC) examination for not conducting the required Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) training required for the vessel’s crew every two years.

  • 18-2018 Panama Canal Transit - Clarification on Fuel Type and Changeover Requirements
    We refer to our earlier Client Alert 10-2017, issued on April 21, 2017, describing the requirement for vessels transiting through the Panama Canal to use light fuel with a maximum Sulfur content of 3.5%, unless fitted with operational & approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).

  • 17-2018 Updated IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated 31 July 2018.

  • 16-2018 ECM Client Alert 16-2018: Canada SSB 07/2018 Update to Ballast Water Reporting Form
    Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 07/2018, introducing updates to the Canadian Ballast Water Reporting Form. These requirements apply with immediate effect to all vessels designed or built to carry ballast water that arrive in Canada, regardless of whether they intend to ballast or de-ballast.

  • 15-2018 ECM Client Alert 15-2018: Canada SSB 06/2018 N Atlantic Right Whale Protection
    Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) No. 16/2018 describing the seasonal speed restriction zone for vessels, which has been established in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence to lessen the risk of fatal strikes to North Atlantic Right Whales.

  • 14-2018 ECM Client Alert 14-2018 US Maritime Advisory (NAVCEN): GPS Interference - Eastern Mediterranean Sea
    Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea since March 18th, 2018 to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN).

  • 13-2018 ECM Client Alert 13-2018 California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Letter
    The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) has implemented a new electronic tax collections system that came online on May 7, 2018.

  • 12-2018 ECM Client Alert 12-2018 IMO List of National Operational Contact Points Updated
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated April 30, 2018, copy attached. Please ensure that your SOPEP or SMPEP on board your vessels is duly updated with the current list.

  • 11-2018 ECM Client Alert 11, 2018 Marine Casualty Reporting Damage Thresholds - New CG-2692 & CG-2693B Forms Issued
    As described in the recent Spring 2018 issue of ECM’s NEWSLINE, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced in their Final Rule dated March 19, 2018 that Marine Casualty Reporting Property Damage Thresholds had been amended.

  • 10-2018 Washington State Fee Reduction for LNG/LPG vessels
    Effective immediately, the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) has reduced their annual vessel enrollment fees for all LNG/LPG vessels making port calls in Puget Sound.

  • 9-2018 Washington State Establishes Sewage NDZ for Puget Sound
    Effective May 10, 2018, the state of Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will implement a new regulation that establishes a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for all vessels operating in Puget Sound and adjoining waters.

  • 8-2018 US Ballast Water Management Regulations - New USCG NVIC 01-18 issued
    The Office of the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recently issued Navigation & Vessel Inspection Circular NVIC 01-18 (copy appended to this Alert), containing extensive guidance on compliance with the ballast water management regulations under 33 CFR 151, Subparts C and D.

  • 7-2018 Change of Frequency Update for IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    Beginning January 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has changed the release frequency of the quarterly updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS from the months of March, June, September and December to the months of January, April, July and October every year.

  • 6-2018 ECM Client Alert 06-2018: ECM Invitation to attend Crisis Management Seminar in Manila
    Once again, (please refer to ECM Client Alert 09-2017) ECM will be joining GARD AS, the University of Bergen, Seascape and Klaveness Ship Management AS in presenting a Crisis Management Seminar (CMS) in Manila at the New World Manila Bay Hotel from Tuesday, April 24th through Thursday, April 26th, 2018.

  • 5-2018 ECM Client Alert 05-2018 US Ballast Water Management - USGC Guidelines for Inoperable BWTS
    The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) recently issued Policy Letter 18-02 (copy attached), providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a U.S. port has an inoperable ballast water management/treatment system (BWMS/BWTS).

  • 4-2018 Client Alert 04B-2018 ECM 2018 IMT TTX Schedule Additional Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
    On Friday, October 26, 2018 ECM will hold an IMT TTX at the Instabut Marriott Hotel Asia.

  • 4-2018 ECM Client Alert 04A-2018 ECM 2018 Exercise Schedule (revised)
    This Client Alert replaces previously-issued Client Alert 04-2018, due to changes in the date and venue of our annual tabletop exercise at Singapore.

  • 3-2018 ECM Client Alert 03-2018: VGP Compliance for Fishing Vessels - Exemption Expired
    Under U.S. EPA regulations, vessels must comply with VGP requirements. However, there was an exemption from compliance for fishing vessels. Unfortunately, that exemption expired on 19 January 2018.

  • 2-2018 ECM Client Alert 02-2018: U.S. Pre-Arrival/Departure Notices
    The National Vessel Movement Center posted a notice on its website dated January 19, 2018 that at the end of a 90-day notice period expiring on April 19, 2018, the eNOA/D InfoPath Template 6.3 will be retired.

  • 1-2018 ECM Client Alert 1-2018: IMO List of National Operational Contact Points & SOPEP/SMPEP Annual Review
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated December 31, 2017