Monthly Archives: February 2017

Marshall Islands: Low Sulfur Fuel Oil Testing Guidance

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued a Marine Safety Advisory, which provides guidance on the testing of Low Sulfur Marine Gas Oil fuel oil by port States in order to ensure ships are using fuel with no more than 0.10 percent sulfur content for MARPOL compliance. The advisory highlights the International Maritime Organization Circular MEPC.1/Circ.864 (Guidelines For Onboard Sampling For The Verification Of The Sulphur Content Of The Fuel Oil Used On Board Ships), issued in December. It also advises that plans should designate a ship’s representative responsible for retaining and securing the spot sampling container in accordance with Article 6 of EU Decision 2015/253. The document is available here.

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Call for papers: Law and Governance – Emerging Issues of the Polar Regions

The Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, working with Polar Research Institute of China, shall host a workshop entitled, Law and Governance: emerging issues of the polar regions, 20-21 June 2017, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China).

The deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2017. For more information, see here.

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UN: the Ocean Conference

To support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14,  The Ocean Conference, will be held 5-9 June 2017, at United Nations Headquarters (New York, USA). A preparatory meeting will be held 14-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters (New York, USA). Both events will include side events, but participation is limited.

For more on the conference see here, and the preparatory conference here.

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EU: new regulation on fleet register

The Fleet Register is a database where all the fishing vessels flying the flag of a European Union (EU) member state have to be registered in accordance with Community legislation. Updates to the EU’s fleet register will soon be available in real time, following the adoption of a new regulation by the European Commission. The regulation makes it easier for EU member states to update the fleet register, while giving the Commission the necessary tools to crosscheck the data that member states submit. The new regulation enters into force on 1 February 2018, and applies to all commercial fishing vessels, except aquaculture vessels and blue fin tuna traps. More information available here.

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ICJ: Somalia v. Kenya Judgement on preliminary objections delivered

Following our previous post, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has delivered today its Judgment on the preliminary objections raised by Kenya in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya). It finds that it may proceed with the maritime delimitation between Somalia and Kenya in the Indian Ocean. The Judgement can be found here and the summary here.

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