News from the members

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On October 29th, VSS EPE and EXXON MOBIL successfully conducted Oil Spill Response training and drill, at the area of Zygi, in Cyprus.  The event took place in the context of the project that VSS EPE, a company of Polyecogroup based in Cyprus and VTS Tug Services, have undertaken upon an agreement with EXXON MOBIL. The companies will provide their services during EXXON MOBIL’s operations in Cyprus.


Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative launches platform to drive responsible ship recycling

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Industry leaders and the non-profit Sustainable Shipping Initiative launched the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform, a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice.


MARPOL and IMO Regulations update

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New MARPOL amendments adopted by resolution MEPC.286(71): inclusion of two new emissions control areas (ECAs) for nitrogen oxide (NOx) and information change of bunker delivery note (BDN)


More ports declare ban on exhaust gas cleaning systems discharges

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Singapore has joined the list of ports that will ban the use of open loop scrubbers in their waters. Exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) – more commonly referred to as scrubbers are an accepted equivalent measure in complying with the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap.


Operating problems with 60 to 80% of ballast water treatment systems, says Intertanko

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As ballast water management regulations shift towards enforcement, shipowners are finding that the majority of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) installed do not function properly.