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ECONOMY | RegUlatoRY neWS November 2017 Latest news from Asia BiMCos strong voice on Ballast Water Management in asia By Wayne Wei Zhuang, BIMCOs Regional Manager in Asia BIMCO hosts seminars in readiness for BWM Convention entering into force To raise members awareness and to explore practical solutions to support the implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) BWM Convention that entered into force on 8 September 2017, BIMCO recently hosted two seminars in Singapore and Qingdao respectively. Wei Zhuang The first, in Singapore, was a seminar and workshop to provide essential guidance to shipowners/ operators on how to prepare for the BWM Convention, in terms of technical operations, as well as advice on compliance and regulation. An estimated $50-100 billion will be spent over the next seven years, and cost implications to shipowners/ operators are going to be a challenge. The 2017 International BWM Technology and Standardization Forum was jointly organised by BIMCO and the Shipbuilding Information Center of China (SICC) on 12-13 September in Qingdao China. Around 150 participants attended this forum, including delegates from IMO, ISO, BIMCO, ASEF, GloBal TestNet, Danish Maritime, China Shipowners Association, Panama Maritime Authority and Port of Rotterdam, shipbuilders, individual shipowners and managers, classification societies, BWM systems manufacturers, independent consultants and other interested parties. The participants recognised that there may be some potential gaps or uncertainties between BWM requirements and practical implementation. In this regard, representatives from ports, shipowners, shipbuilders, manufacturers, universities, labs and test institutes called for strengthened co-operation in appropriate standardised solutions, and encouraged stakeholders to better engage in international standardisation work. The delegates from the maritime industry welcomed the development of the roadmap for implementation of the BWM Convention and adoption of the experience-building phase by IMO. Recognising the importance of involving stakeholders, the participants agreed to increase co-operation at a technical level, with a view to facilitating the implementation of the BWM Convention. According to the Port and Terminal Power Layout Plan (the Plan) all major ports in China, as well as over 50% of commercial berths within emission control areas will be equipped with shore power facilities BIMCOs new Shipmasters Ballast Water Manual covers all aspects of the Convention, providing accessible information to seafarers dealing with the practicalities of daily ballast water management, including regulatory implementation, inspections by port state control and charterers and the latest guidance issued by the IMO. More details and how to order can be found on page 26. China encourages more shore power for ships Recently, the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) published the Port and Terminal Power Layout Plan (the Plan) which aims to promote shore power availability for existing shore-based facilities such as container, RoRo, cruise, large passenger and dry bulk cargo berths. By the end of 2020, there will be 493 specialised berths offering supply of shore side power facilities to ships in major ports and ship emission control areas. According to the Plan, all major ports in China, as well as over 50% of commercial berths within emission control areas will be equipped with shore power facilities. By the end of 2020, there will be berths for containers, RoRo, cruises, large passenger berths exceeding 3,000 tons and dry bulk cargo berths exceeding 50,000 tons. MOT encourages commercial ports who focus on shore power and with good infrastructure to achieve 100% shore power coverage for berths. In addition, China will create 317 dedicated berths with shore power capacity at major ports along its coastal area, together with 117 dedicated berths with shore power capacity at major ports on domestic rivers. There is shore power capacity for ships in 12 berths in the Pearl River Delta waters; 10 containerised berths on domestic rivers; 6 coastal berths for ships within the Yangtze River Delta emission control areas; and 31 coastal berths within the Bohai Bay (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) emission control areas. BIMCOs discusses GHGs and 2020 global sulphur cap BIMCOs recent Singapore seminar on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) addressed some shipping industry concerns. The IMO confirmed that the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) had agreed the 0.5% cap on sulphur emissions from ships would come into force in 2020, rather than the potential later date of 2025. To address some of the questions that resulted from this decision, Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCOs Deputy Secretary General, opened the seminar with an overview of the GHG emissions from ships and the implementation of the 0.50 per cent global sulphur limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships. He also flagged up concerns over the availability of low sulphur fuel in 2020. There is a lot to do between now and 2020 to ensure that sufficient quantities of compliant marine fuel of the right quality will indeed be available, without dramatically affecting shipping markets overnight on 1 January 2020. Furthermore, its not yet clear how the regulation can be enforced on the high seas. Ongoing BIMCO activities Wei Zhuang is the BIMCO Regional Manager of Asia and China Liaison Officer. Wei started his BIMCO career with the legal & contractual affairs department, working with BIMCOs standard contracts and clauses projects. Wei now deals with regional regulators and industry stakeholders and works with BIMCO members and potential members in Asia. Weis previous positions include eight years as a maritime lawyer and Senior Fellow at Maritime University. He has a masters degree in maritime law and a PhD in international law. BIMCOs new Marine insurance masterclass was held in Shanghai, from 12-13 June 2017 and in Taipei, from 15-16 June 2017, respectively. Over 60 participants attended the course where a broad range of marine insurance practices were addressed. Maite Bolivar Klarup, General Manager at BIMCO Singapore, attended the 19th meeting of the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF) Committee from 14-15 September 2017, which was hosted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (the Co-operative) was established to facilitate financial contributions for the provision and maintenance of critical aids to navigation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). Under the auspices of the Vietnamese Shipowners Association, BIMCO hosted two separate roadshows in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively, during 7 and 8 of September 2017, which attracted over 100 participants. Michael Lund, Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO and Wei Zhuang, BIMCOs Regional Manager of Asia represented BIMCO by addressing BIMCOs portfolio member services, contracts and clauses activity and topical regulations. Connect with BIMCO Facebook Twitter Linkedin YouTube