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Latest items in 2020

Date Title

20 Jan 2020

News: US issues new security advisories to commercial shipping

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation ​has issued two new advisories to commercial shipping. These new advisories cancel the earlier advisories issued in 2019.

20 Jan 2020

News: Panama Canal new fresh water surcharge

​The Club's correspondent in Panama has informed us that from 15th February 2020 the Panama Canal Authority has fixed a fresh water surcharge at USD 10,000 applicable to vessels over 38.1mtrs LOA and a variable fee based on the vessel's tolls.

20 Jan 2020

News: USCG revised guidance on the Implementation of MARPOL Annex VI

The guidance outlines how the USCG will enforce MARPOL Annex VI requirements in respect of the sulphur content within the fuel oil that is used or carried for use for all ships within either of the two US Emission Control Areas.

20 Jan 2020

News: Bahrain Marine Notice for use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS)

The notice provides information to Bahraini and foreign flagged vessels calling at Bahraini ports or operating in Bahraini waters.

17 Jan 2020

News: Suez Canal Authority clarifies position on open-loop scrubbers

Egypt has not yet ratified MARPOL Annex VI, which means that the new sulphur limits adopted by the IMO are not currently being enforced in Egyptian waters. However, the position with regards to the use of open-loop scrubbers has until recently been unclear.