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IMO REGULATIONS RECENTLY ENTERED INTO FORCE

Updated to November 2019

 

For IMO Regulations that entered into force in 2016 Click Here: http://shippingregs.org/8518.re

For IMO Regulations that entered into force in 2015 Click Here: http://shippingregs.org/8519.re

For IMO Regulations that entered into force in 2014 Click Here: http://shippingregs.org/8520.re

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004

 

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.296(72): http://shippingregs.org/7945.re, MEPC.297(72): http://shippingregs.org/7946.re, MEPC.299(72): http://shippingregs.org/7947.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

13/10/2019

SUMMARY

Several amendments, including:

 

  • Amendments to regulations A-1 and D-3 (Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code)), specifically that ballast water management systems installed on or after 28 October 2020 shall be approved in accordance with the BWMS Code and they should taken into the Guidelines
  • Amendments to regulation B-3 (Implementation schedule of ballast water management for ships)
  • Amendments to regulations E-1 and E-5 (Endorsements of additional surveys on the International Ballast Water Management Certificate)

 

 

REGULATION

The Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.300(72): http://shippingregs.org/7948.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

13/10/2019

SUMMARY

The Code will take effect on 13 October 2019, upon entry into force of the associated amendments to the BWM Convention. It states that BWMS approved not later than 28/10/18, taking into account the G8 Guidelines may be installed on ships before 28 October 2020, but on entry into force, will revoke the 2016 G8 Guidelines.

 

The contents of the Code include definitions, technical specifications, the type approval process, certification procedures, installation requirements and survey/commissioning procedures.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.301(72): http://shippingregs.org/7944.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/09/2019

SUMMARY

Amendments concern ECAs and the required EEDI for RoRo cargo ships and RoRo passenger ships.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to SOLAS Regulation III/1.5

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.317(89): http://shippingregs.org/7937.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2019

SUMMARY

SOLAS Chapter III Regulation 1 has had the following paragraph added after the existing paragraph 4:

“5 Notwithstanding paragraph 4.2, for all ships, not later than the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2014, but not later than 1 July 2019, lifeboat on-load release mechanisms not complying with paragraphs 4.4.7.6.4 to 4.4.7.6.6 of the Code shall be replaced with equipment that complies with the Code”.

The Code referred to here is the Life Saving Appliances Code, which, in the specified sections, details the requirements for the release mechanism of lifeboats."

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the performance standards for NAVTEX, EGC equipment, multi-system shipborne radionavigation receivers

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.430(98): http://shippingregs.org/7942.re, MSC.431(98): http://shippingregs.org/7939.re, MSC.432(98): http://shippingregs.org/7941.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2019

SUMMARY

Recommendation for governments to ensure NAVTEX, EGC and radionavigation receiving equipment confirms to performance standards.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the performance standards for NAVTEX, EGC equipment, multi-system shipborne radionavigation receivers

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.430(98): http://shippingregs.org/7942.re, MSC.431(98): http://shippingregs.org/7939.re, MSC.432(98): http://shippingregs.org/7941.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2019

SUMMARY

Recommendation for governments to ensure NAVTEX, EGC and radionavigation receiving equipment confirms to performance standards.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to Part B of the STCW Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.455(100)

SHIP TYPE

Certain Types of Ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2019

SUMMARY

Amendments to the Guidance regarding special training requirements for personnel on certain types of ship

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the IMSBC Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.426(98): http://shippingregs.org/7935.re

SHIP TYPE

Ships with bulk cargoes

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2019

SUMMARY

Amendments (04-17), including matters relating to substances harmful to the marine environment (HME) and paragraphs 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 and amendments to paragraphs 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of the IMSBC Code, highlighting the responsibility of the shipper for ensuring that a test to determine the transportable moisture limit (TML) of a solid bulk cargo is conducted (to enter into force 01/01/19, but may be voluntarily applied from 01/01/18)

 

REGULATION

Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI – N0x Tier III ECAs and BDN information

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.286(71): http://shippingregs.org/7936.re

SHIP TYPE

Ships with bulk cargoes

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2019

SUMMARY

These amendments concern the designation of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs) for NOX Tier III control and also information to be included in the bunker delivery note (BDN).

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the ‘International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and

Watchkeeping for Seafarers’ (STCW) and STCW Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC 97 Circular forthcoming

SHIP TYPE

MSC.416(97): http://shippingregs.org/7904.re and MSC.417(97): http://shippingregs.org/7905.re

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2018

SUMMARY

Various amendments were adopted:

STCW Convention Chapter 1 – General Provisions’ (new definitions for Polar Code and waters).

STCW Convention Chapter 5 – Special training requirements’ (amendments to V/2 - mandatory minimum requirements and a new regulation V/4 - on minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters)

‘STCW Code’ – special training requirements for polar waters and for those operating on passenger ships.

In addition, amendments to the ‘General provisions on ships’ routeing’ on establishing multiple structures at sea, were adopted (confirming decision by the Assembly), with an expected entry into force date of 1st January 2018.

 

REGULATION

SOLAS CH V, Reg 19, para 2.10 – ECDIS

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.282(86): http://shippingregs.org/7906.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo ships, other than tankers, ≥10,000 gt but <20,000 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2018

SUMMARY

Cargo ships, other than tankers, of 10,000 gross tonnage and upwards but less than 20,000 gross tonnage constructed before 1 July 2013, not later than the first survey on or after 1st July 2018 must have an ECDIS fitted if engaged on international voyages.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the ESP Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.412(97): http://shippingregs.org/7907.re

SHIP TYPE

Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2018

SUMMARY

Various updates to survey requirements with regards to IACS requirements including on minimum thickness measurements.

 

REGULATION

MARPOL Annex I, Appendix II

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.276(70): http://shippingregs.org/7908.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/03/2018

SUMMARY

Appendix II amended (relating to Form B of the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate) with minor text revisions to reflect the phasing out of older designs and arrangements.

 

REGULATION

MARPOL Annex V, Various Amendments

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.277(70): http://shippingregs.org/7909.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/03/2018

SUMMARY

Amendments relating to regarding HME Substances and the form of the Garbage Record Book. These include the adoption of new regulations for substances considered hazardous to the marine environment (HME) and the splitting up of ‘Form of Garbage Record Book’ into two parts: one for all ships, the other for ships carrying solid bulk cargoes

 

REGULATION

MARPOL Annex VI, Various Amendments

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.278(70): http://shippingregs.org/7910.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/03/2018

SUMMARY

Amended with the introduction of a mandatory data collection system for fuel consumption. Although these requirements will enter into force on 1st March 2018, the first subsequent reporting period will be the 2019 calendar year.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965 (FAL)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

Resolution FAL.12(40): http://shippingregs.org/7911.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2018

SUMMARY

New mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers were adopted, as part of a revised annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), which aims to harmonize procedures for ship’s arrival, stay and departure from port. Standardised forms are revised. Expected to enter into force on 1 January 2018, under the tacit

 

REGULATION

First Reporting Period of EU Regulation 2015/757 – MRV CO2

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

Regulation (EU) 2015/757: http://shippingregs.org/7912.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo ships ≥5000 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2018

SUMMARY

This Regulation lays down rules for the accurate monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and of other relevant information from ships arriving at, within or departing from ports under the jurisdiction of a Member State, in order to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport in a cost-effective manner. The first reporting period starts on 1 January 2018.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.406(96): http://shippingregs.org/8521.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo Ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2018

SUMMARY

The IMDG Code is amended with respect to Contents, Forward, Preamble, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, the DF List, Appendices A and B and the index. Amendments include provisions for the carriage of cargo with lithium batteries, for container cargoes and voyage identification, for similar cargo requirements and general corrections for errors. The amendments apply from a voluntary basis from 1st January 2017, then become mandatory in 2018.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the ESP Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.405(96): http://shippingregs.org/7913.re

SHIP TYPE

Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2018

SUMMARY

The International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections during Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (ESP Code) is amended with references to recommendations for entering enclosed spaces on ships, as per Resolution A.1050(27).

 

REGULATION

SOLAS Chapter V, Reg 19 – BNWAS

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.350(92): http://shippingregs.org/7914.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo ships <500 gt and ≥150 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2018

SUMMARY

Cargo ships <500 gt but ≥150 gt must, not later than the first survey after 1st January 2018, be fitted with BNWAS, as specified in SOLAS Chapter V, regulation 19, paragraph 2.2.3.

 

REGULATION

The Ballast Water Management Convention 2004

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

BWM-CONF-1-36: http://shippingregs.org/7915.re and 2016 GUIDELINES FOR APPROVAL OF BWMS (G8)(MEPC.279(70)): http://shippingregs.org/7916.re

SHIP TYPE

All Ships >400gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

08/09/2017

SUMMARY

The BWM Convention applies to all vessels (but there are a limited number of exceptions to the Convention). All new ships over 400 GT must have:

• An approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) on board

• a Ballast Water Record Book on board

• been surveyed and provided with an International BWM Certificate. For ships whose flag has not ratified the Convention, a BWM Certificate of Compliance can be provided. Both of these certificates are valid for 5 years. For information on the implementation of the convention see MEPC.287(81): http://shippingregs.org/8522.re

 

REGULATION

Amendments to MARPOL Annex II (Revised GESAMP Hazard Evaluation Procedure)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.270(69): http://shippingregs.org/7917.re

SHIP TYPE

All Ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/09/2017

SUMMARY

The tables under the title "Abbreviated legend to the revised GESAMP Hazard Evaluation Procedure" are replaced with a new Revised GESAMP hazard evaluation procedure.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to MARPOL Annex IV (Baltic Sea Special Area And Form of ISPP Certificate)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.274(69): http://shippingregs.org/7918.re and MEPC.275 (69): http://shippingregs.org/7919.re

SHIP TYPE

Passenger Ships and All Ships with an ISPP Certificate

ENTRY INTO FORCE

MARPOL effective 01/09/2017, with various dates for effect of Special Area discharge requirements (see below).

SUMMARY

The amendments to MARPOL Annex IV relate to the dates for implementation of the discharge requirements for passenger ships while in a special area, i.e. not before 1 June 2019 for new passenger ships and not before 1 June 2021 for existing passenger ships. An exception is made for existing passenger ships en route directly to or from a port located outside the special area and to or from a port located east of longitude 28˚10' E within the special area that do not make any other port calls within the special area (this is 1 June 2023); Additionally the International Sewage Pollution Prevention Certificate paragraph under section 1.1 is replaced by the following: "The sewage treatment plant is certified by the Administration to meet the effluent standards as provided for in the Guidelines on implementation of effluent standards and performance test for sewage treatment plants, adopted by resolution MEPC.227(64), as amended, including/excluding the standards of section 4.2 thereof."

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the Nox Technical Code 2008 (Testing of Gas-Fuelled and Dual Fuel Engines)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.272(69): http://shippingregs.org/7920.re

SHIP TYPE

Ships with Gas-Fuelled and Duel Fuel Engines

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/09/2017

SUMMARY

Amendments are made to the NOx Technical Code to facilitate the testing of gas-fuelled engines and dual fuel engines. Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6 and Appendixes III through to VIII are amended.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to Regulation 13 of MARPOL Annex VI (Record Requirements for Operational Compliance with Nox Tier III ECAs)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.271(69): http://shippingregs.org/7921.re

SHIP TYPE

All Ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/09/2017

SUMMARY

Chapter 3 - Regulation 13 - Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) - a new paragraphs 5.3 is added. This states "The tier and on/off status of marine diesel engines installed on board a ship to which paragraph 5.1 of this regulation applies which are certified to both Tier II and Tier III or which are certified to Tier II only shall be recorded in such logbook as prescribed by the Administration at entry into and exit from an emission control area designated under paragraph 6 of this regulation, or when the on/off status changes within such an area, together with the date, time and position of the ship."

 

REGULATION

ECDIS - SOLAS CH V, Reg 19, para 2.10

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.282(86): http://shippingregs.org/7922.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo ships, other than tankers, ≥20,000 gt but <50,000 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/07/2017

SUMMARY

Cargo ships, other than tankers, of 20,000 gross tonnage and upwards but less than 50,000 gross tonnage constructed before 1st July 2013, not later than the first survey on or after 1st July 2017 must be fitted with ECDIS if engaged on international voyages.

 

REGULATION

Maritime Labour Convention Amendments

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

ILC.103/AmendMarit: http://shippingregs.org/7923.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

18/01/2017

SUMMARY

In 2014 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) agreed amendments to the MLC, which will take effect on 18/01/17. Vessels after this date will be required to have certificates issued by a provider confirming insurance or financial security is in place for the costs of crew repatriation and wages (up to four months contractually for employees) - see MLC Regulation 2.5.2. A certificate will also be required for liabilities for contractual claims which occur due to unfortunate incidents of seafarer personal injury, disability or death - see MLC A4.2.

 

REGULATION

Guidelines and Criteria for Ship Reporting Systems

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.433(98): http://shippingregs.org/7924.re

SHIP TYPE

N/A

ENTRY INTO FORCE

16/06/2017

SUMMARY

New guidelines including consideration for adopted ship reporting systems, as well as criteria for planning, proposing and implementing adopted ship reporting systems.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the Revised Recommendation on testing of LSA

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.427(98): http://shippingregs.org/7925.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

15/06/2017

SUMMARY

Testing of davits and launching appliances: the first sentence of paragraph 8.1.1 is amended to read as follows: "For lifeboats other than free-fall lifeboats, davits and launching appliances, except winches, should be subjected to a static proof load of 2.2 times their maximum working load."

 

REGULATION

Revised Explanatory Notes to the SOLAS Chapter II-1 Subdivision and Damage Stability Regulations

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.429(98): http://shippingregs.org/7926.re

SHIP TYPE

Ships as defined in SOLAS regulation II-1/1.1.1

ENTRY INTO FORCE

09/06/2017

SUMMARY

General revised explanatory notes including guidance, subdivision, stability, openings, construction and watertight integrity regulations.

 

REGULATION

IMSBC Code Amendments

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.393(95): http://shippingregs.org/7927.re

SHIP TYPE

Bulk Carriers

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Amendments 03-15 to the IMSBC will enter in force on 01/01/17, amending the previous regulations 02-13 (which entered in force on 01/01/15). A new section 14 concerns prevention of pollution by cargo residues. In addition, there are new test procedures relating to the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) of Bulk Cargoes.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to The 2010 Guidelines For Monitoring The Worldwide Average Sulphur Content of Fuel Oils Supplies For Use on-board Ships (MEPC.192(61))

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.273(69): http://shippingregs.org/7928.re

SHIP TYPE

All Ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Amendments are made to the 2010 Guidelines For Monitoring The Worldwide Average Sulphur Content of Fuel Oils Supplies For Use on-board Ships (MEPC.192(61)); which, with the amendments are due for implementation on the 1st January 2017. Two sentences are replaced within the text, specifically: the last sentence of paragraph 10 is replaced with the following: "For the calculation of yearly average, any fuel oils less than 0.05% of sulphur should be calculated as 0.03%." and Paragraph 12 is replaced with the following: "there are presently four providers of sampling and testing services under these Guidelines."

 

REGULATION

SOLAS Chapter V, Reg 19 – BNWAS

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.350(92): http://shippingregs.org/7929.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo ships ≥3,000 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Cargo ships <3,000 gt but ≥500 gt must, not later than the first survey after 1st January 2017, be fitted with BNWAS, as specified in SOLAS Chapter V, regulation 19, paragraph 2.2.3.

 

REGULATION

International Code of safety for ships using gases or other low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code) - SOLAS

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.391(95): http://shippingregs.org/7930.re

SHIP TYPE

Cargo Ships ≥500 gt

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

The code provides mandatory provisions on low flashpoint fuels, with regards use in installations. SOLAS is amended to make the code mandatory (Regulation II-1/56 and Regulation II-2/3 and forms of certificate. There is not a separate IGF Certificate. The code is designed to minimise the risk to the ship, crew and environment, having due regard to the dangerous nature of some low flashpoint fuels e.g. LNG. The Code uses a functional goal-based approach, grouped into design, construction and operation requirements.

 

REGULATION

Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and its associated Code

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Full implementation of the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code comes into force. After this date, all standards, including certificate renewal and revalidation, must be complied with.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to the Annex of MARPOL Annexes I, II, IV and V (Making the use of the environment-related provisions of the Polar Code mandatory)

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.265(68): http://shippingregs.org/7931.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

These amendments relate to environment related provisions being amended within MARPOL I, II, IV and V as a result of the introduction of the Polar Code.

 

REGULATION

Amendments to regulation 12 of MARPOL Annex I

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MEPC.266(68): http://shippingregs.org/7932.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

MARPOL Annex I - Chapter 3 - Requirements for machinery spaces of all ships - Regulation 12 - Tanks for oil residues (sludge) is replaced with new requirements.

 

REGULATION

Polar Code

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.385(94): http://shippingregs.org/7933.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Introduction of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), designed to “provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar environment by addressing risks present in polar waters and not adequately mitigated by other instruments of the Organization”.

Part I focuses on safety measures, including the Polar Water Operational Manual, ship structure, stability, fire safety, life-saving appliances and navigation.

Part II focuses on pollution prevention measures including prevention of pollution by sewage, oil and harmful packaged substances.

 

REGULATION

SOLAS XIV

REFERENCE DOCUMENT

MSC.386(94): http://shippingregs.org/7934.re

SHIP TYPE

All ships

ENTRY INTO FORCE

01/01/2017

SUMMARY

Addition of a new Chapter XIV: “Safety measures for ships operating in polar waters” to make mandatory the safety provisions of the Polar Code as set out in MSC.385(94).