Safety & Regulation

Kitack Lim
Incumbent returns unopposed in re-election. Lim expects to focus on implementing sulphur cap

Beach strewn with plastic litter
Measures in the plan addressing shipping’s contribution to marine plastic litter include a review of the application of placards, garbage management plans, and garbage record-keeping in MARPOL Annex V, and potentially establishing a required mechanism to declare loss of containers and identify numbers of losses.

A ship discharging ballast water
Shipowners may be faced with costly compliance measures for ballast water and other discharges for vessels trading in the US under a new federal standards and enforcement regime.

A bunkering operation
Shipowners vow to regroup after fuel compliance proposal fails to gain traction.

A raft of countries including Britain, Australia, Canada and Japan have detected and intercepted foreign and North Korean vessels involved in ship-to-ship transfers of suspected oil cargoes in the East China Sea in recent months.

Taiwan’s Port of Taichung
Both captains of a cargo ship and a fishing vessel involved in a collision near Taiwan’s Taichung port have refused to admit they were at fault.

A city’s polluted skyline
According to the most recent figures, some USD23 trillion of professionally managed assets now use ESG or other responsible investment strategies.

Capitol Hill
Passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) likely occur before the end of 2018.

Perth-based shipbuilder supplying US and Australian defence forces has come under attack. Credit: Shutterstock