In view of the regulatory front changing picture, after IMO’s decisions’ in the last months,

the attached “Regulatory timeline” for dry bulk carriers may assist you in keeping pace with developments.

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As the IMO Marine Environmnet Protection Committee (MEPC 71) has just concluded,

we are glad to share with you the attached brief on its outcome that the Secretariat prepared - focusing on key topics, especially in relation to dry bulk shipping.

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INTERCARGO's Brief on the outcome of the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 98) which met between the 7th and 16th June 2017, is attached.

The Brief covers topics that may be of interest to members and includes:

  • Cargoes
  • Common Structural Rules
  • Maritime Security
  • In Water Survey Requirements
  • Low Sulphur Fuel (0.5% Cap)
  • Other – Autonomous ships

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Outcome of FAL 41

FAL 41 (the 41st session of the IMO Facilitation Committee) was held on 4 - 7 Apr 2017.

Further to the pre-FAL 41 brief on 28 Mar 2017, here is the outcome of FAL 41 on relevant issues:

1. Tragic loss of bulk carrier Stellar Daisy

FAL 41 was opened on Tue 4 Apr with updates by relevant parities on search and rescue operations for the 22 missing crew and condolences to the families affected by the casualty of the Very Large Ore Carrier Stellar Daisy in the South Atlantic off Uruguay on Fri 31 Mar.

The 4th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 4) is held on 6-10 Mar 2017. The following items and the progress made at NCSR 4 would be useful for your team covering onboard navigation and communication to refer to.

1. Navigation issues

1.1 Amendments to the existing Long Sand Head two-way route and SUNK Inner precautionary area in the traffic separation scheme "In the SUNK area and in the Northern approaches to the Thames Estuary", were approved and is expected to be adopted by MSC 98 in Jun 2017, as follows: