Regulation Update 2020/21
2020 marked the implementation of the much anticipated global 0.5% m/m sulphur cap regulation, IMO-2020. However, the potential consequences from the fallout of IMO-2020 were overshadowed by the impact of COVID-19.
Thus other effects of the pandemic include the postponement of meetings of the IMO. The meetings were scheduled to take place between March and July 2020. But instead they rebuilt it later this year on a virtual platform. Even if the pandemic challenges remain in the sea freight, the effects of climate change are still a high priority.
Let’s take a look at some of the important regulations that will come into force in late 2020 and 2021.
Regulations coming into force in December 2020
ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) – 2018 Amendments
Ships subject to MLC compliance must have an important provision in their (SEA). The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that SEA’s continue to remain in effect while a seafarer is held captive on or off the ship due to piracy or armed robbery. It also requires shipowners to pay wages and other entitlements throughout the captivity.
EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU-SRR) –Regulation (EU) No.1257/2013
From 31 December 2020, all EU flag and non-EU flag ships calling at EU ports and anchorages are required to have a certified inventory of IHM on board. Thus, if they do not have this license, they must provide evidence of all actions taken to undertake the IHM work. On 20 October 2020 the EC has issued guidelines. It urges the EU port State authorities to recognize the challenges faced by the sea freight industry.
Regulations coming into force in January 2021
Maritime Cyber Risk Management in SMS
IMO encourages the Flag States to ensure that cyber risks are addressed. Recently, the number of cyber attacks on large shipping companies has increased. Hence cyber vulnerability is an emerging threat to the sea freight. That’s why we encourage members to understand the risks. Also they should assess their risk exposure. And should a cyber incident occur, know how to respond and recover.
Amendments to the 2011 ESP code – MSC.461(101)
The 2011 ESP code covers mandatory survey requirements for oil tankers and bulk carriers of 500gt and above. And IMO’s MSC at its hundred and first session (MSC 101) adopted a resolution on amendments to the 2011 ESP code, such as:
- Revision of text used in the code to ensure its mandatory nature
- Revision of the figures used in the code
Also they recommend to members that take note of these amendments. Thus, they will enter into force on 1 January 2021.
Amendments (05-19) to the IMSBC code – MSC.462(101)
These amendments to the IMSBC code will become mandatory on 1 January 2021. For more details about it, please check here. They also recommend to the members that ensure that their vessels comply with the amended IMSBC code (05-19).
Amendments (40-20) to the IMDG code
They regularly review and update the IMDG code every two years. Therefore, it can consider the new needs of dangerous goods and new materials. The latest amendment concerns the requirements for the separation of alcohol, liquid organic matter, carbon shipping, etc.. These amendments will take effect from January 2022. But some governments may implement it voluntarily from January 1, 2021.
Thus, some other regulations are:
- Amendments to MARPOL Annex II – MEPC.315(74).
- Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI –MEPC.286(71)
- And amendments to MARPOL Annex IV – MEPC.274(69) & MEPC.275(69)
Also if you need more details, check the source.