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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Energy efficiency regulations enter into force
* Worldwide – SOLAS amendments on lifeboat safety enter into force
* Philippines, all ports – Tropical Storm
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Fog halts traffic
* Italy, Trieste – Port tariff amendments

DATE: January 04, 2013 COUNTRY: Worldwide – Energy efficiency regulations enter into force

& #8203;New regulations aimed at improving the energy efficiency of international shipping entered into force on 1 January 2013.

The amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) were adopted in July 2011. They add a new chapter 4 Regulations on energy efficiency for ships to MARPOL Annex VI, to make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. Other
amendments to Annex VI add new definitions and the requirements for survey and certification, including the format for the International Energy Efficiency Certificate.

The regulations apply to all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above. However, under regulation 19, the Administration may waive the requirements for new ships up to a maximum of 4 years.

The EEDI is a non-prescriptive, performance-based mechanism that leaves the choice of technologies to use in a specific ship design to the industry. As long as the required energy-efficiency level is attained, ship designers and builders would be free to use the most cost-efficient solutions for the ship to comply with the regulations.

The SEEMP establishes a mechanism for operators to improve the energyefficiency of ships. Ships are required to keep on board a ship specific
Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).

Other MARPOL amendments which entered into force on 1 January include the following:

Annex VI Emissions
Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI designate certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico (United States) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (United
States) as the US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area for the control of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulphur oxides (SOX) and particulate
matter under regulations 13 and 14 of MARPOL Annex VI. Another amendment makes old steamships exempt from the requirements on sulphur content of
fuel oil used on board ships in both the North American and United States Caribbean Sea ECAs. The new US Caribbean Sea ECA takes effect 12 months
after entry into force, that is, 1 January 2014.

Annex IV Sewage
Amendments to MARPOL Annex IV Prevention of pollution by sewage from ships include the possibility of establishing Special Areas, the actual
designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area under Annex IV, and the introduction of stricter discharge requirements for passenger ships while in a Special Area.

Annex V Garbage
The revised MARPOL Annex V Regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships has entered into force, following a comprehensive review
to bring the Annex up to date.

The main feature of the revision is the prohibition of the discharge of all garbage into the sea except as expressly provided otherwise in the Annex.
The discharges permitted in certain circumstances include food wastes, animal carcasses, cargo residues, and water containing cleaning agents or additives used for washing deck and external surfaces or cargo holds.

Cargo residues and cleaning agents and additives must only be considered for discharge if they are not harmful to the marine environment. The changes also include the updating of definitions; the introduction of an “en route” requirement for the discharge of garbage at sea; and the regrouping of the garbage categories for the purpose of the garbage record book.

(For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details are available in the “Contacts” section of www.gac.com)

Source: International Maritime Organisation (www.imo.org) press briefing 01 dated 2 January 2013

DATE: January 04, 2013 COUNTRY: Worldwide – SOLAS amendments on lifeboat safety enter into force

Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) aimed at preventing accidents during lifeboat launching entered
into force on 1 January 2013.

The amendments, adopted in May 2011, add a new paragraph 5 to SOLAS regulation III/1, to require lifeboat on-load release mechanisms not complying with new International Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) Code requirements to be replaced, no later than the first scheduled dry-docking of the ship after 1 July 2014 but, in any case, not later than 1 July 2019.

The SOLAS amendment is intended to establish new, stricter, safety standards for lifeboat release and retrieval systems, and will require the assessment and possible replacement of a large number of lifeboat release hooks.

Information submitted by flag States on their assessments of existing lifeboat hooks is available on the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) under Evaluation of Hooks.

(For information about operations aroun d the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the “Contacts” section of www.gac.com)

Source: International Maritime Organisation (www.imo.org) press briefing 02 dated 2 January 2013

DATE: January 04, 2013 – COUNTRY: Philippines PORT: all ports Tropical Storm

At 4:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm “AURING” was estimated based on satellite and surface data in the vicinity of Buliluyan, Palawan or at
210 km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City (8.5°N, 117.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It
is forecast to move West at 28 kph. Northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.

FORECAST:
Southern Palawan will experience stormy weather. The rest of Palawan will have rains and gusty winds. Visayas, Mindanao and CALABARZON will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms. Cagayan Valley and the province of Aurora will experience cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

(For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com)

Source: PAGASA Weather Forecast issued ar 5.00am on 4 January 2013

DATE: January 04, 2013 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits – Fog halts traffic

Dense fog halted north- and sounth-bound traffic in the Istanbul Strait between 03.30 to 12.00 hours local time today (4 January).

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

DATE: January 04, 2013 COUNTRY: Italy PORT: Trieste Port tariff amendments

Effective from 1 January 2013, the tariffs for the below services at Trieste have been amended:

– Chemical Consultants: increase of about 2, 4%

– Harbour Pilots Corporation: increase of about 9%

A small tariff mark-up is expected in the coming weeks for mooring-unmooring service, while the Tug Service should slightly reduce their tariffs.

For information about operations in Italy contact the GAC UK Hub Agency centre at hub.gb@gac.com
Source: Ant.Topic Srl – GAC agent

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