Carriage of Palm Oil Mill Effluent

There has been considerable confusion in recent years over the carriage of Palm oil mill effluent, and even exactly what it is.  The ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) has recently issued a guidance document on POME which clarifies that POME is the “unavoidable wastewater arising from palm oil production at a palm oil mill”, […]

Covid-19: Recommendations and Guidance

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic a number of sets of guidance and recommendations have been issued to assist in maintaining the global supply chain and ensuring the welfare of seafarers. The documents can be accessed via a dedicated area of the IMO website: For ease of reference we attach some key documents below. […]

BMP West Africa

Increasing concern about the safety of seafarers on the coast of West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea has led to the publication of Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security off the coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea with the aim of helping ships to avoid becoming victims […]

International Maritime Research Board

The proposal originated by a wide group of industry associations for the establishment of an International Maritime Research and Development Board and Fund aimed at generating core funding of around USD 5 billion over a 10-year period to be used to accelerate the development of commercially viable zero-carbon emission ships was updated and submitted to MEPC […]

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping

The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI approved at MEPC 75 to mandate technical and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping were formally adopted at MEPC 76 in June 2021 and will enter into force on 01 November 2022. Under these new regulations ships will be required to amend their SEEMP to set […]

Implementation of 2020 Sulphur Cap

MEPC 74 finalised finalised amendments to MARPOL Annex VI in respect of sampling of “in-use” and “onboard” fuel oil.  Ships will be required to have dedicated sampling points for the taking of samples of in-use fuel no later than the first renewal survey that occurs 12 months or more after entry into force of the […]

Amendments to MARPOL Annex II and IBC Code

Amendments to MARPOL Annex II and the IBC Code entered into force on 1 January 2021. Annex II has been amended following reports of residues of high viscosity and persistent floating substances washing up on beaches in northern and western Europe and will require a prewash to be carried out following discharge of vegetable oils […]


The latest edition of the MEPC.2/Circ. was issued on 1 December 2020.  This circular acts as something of a supplement to the IBC Code and is made up of a series of lists showing products that have been evaluated and will be included in the next edition of the IBC Code, Tripartite agreements, carriage requrements […]

Compliance with the Ballast Water Convention

MEPC 71 agreed a compromise proposal on effective dates for the fitting of ballast water treatment systems on existing ships.  Ships constructed before 8 September this year will be required to fit a system by the date of their IOPP renewal surveyin accordance with a schedule set out in an amendment to the convention. Ships must […]

Data Collection

Monitoring of fuel consumption, CO2 emitted and cargo carried commenced under the EU MRV system on 1 January 2018 for ships of 5,000 gt and above.  Montioring must be carried out on a voyage basis, and the data aggregaated for reporting on an annual basis to the European Commission.  EMSA has designed a moniitoring, Reporting […]