ISM News

Update nr. 119

May 2022

In this ISM News Update:

  • NSI guidance for shipping on Russian/Ukrainian war
  • Report involvement in sanctions against Russia
  • Marpol VI requirement: Onboard fuel sampling points per 1 April 2023
  • NSI guidance on the volume of sewage holding tanks
  • New Port State Control guidelines for 2022
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NSI guidance for shipping on Russian/Ukrainian war

NSI has published guidance for Dutch shipping companies and port facilities on how to handle problematic situations that may arise from the Russian invasion in Ukraine. One of the subjects of the guidance are the EU sanctions against Russia. These sanctions may mean that port services may not be extended to some Russian ships. Also, Dutch port state control will inspect ships on the presence of persons or goods that are on the EU sanctions list.
Another important subject is crewing. For some Ukrainian and Russian crew, renewal of their CoC, or repatriation after service, may be impossible. The NSI guidance is meant to help ship owners, masters and port facilities navigate these unfortunate circumstances.
Masters are advised to keep a copy of this guidance document on board for further reference.


Report involvement in sanctions against Russia

The sanctions against Russia affect the work of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT). The humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine also requires extra attention from the inspectorate. The ILT increases capacity to properly structure the supervision of sanctions compliance, especially in areas where the ILT regularly supervises. The Inspectorate works closely with Customs, the Maritime and Aviation Police and the Public Prosecution Service. Companies from the shipping sector that have been asked by the ILT to complete the notification form for the supervision of the sanctions can do so via (the questionnaire) sanctions Notification of shipping sector involvement in Russia sanctions.


Marpol VI requirement: Onboard fuel sampling points per 1 April 2023

In order to enable port state control officers to check that ships comply with sulphur content limits of fuel, as of this year ships will be required to designate fuel sampling points on board. New ships – keel laid after 1 April 2022 – will have to demonstrate the presence of sampling points upon delivery. For existing ships over 400 GT, designated sampling points must be shown at the first renewal of their IAPP certificate on or after 1 April 2023.
Ships under 400GT will have to look to their administration to find out how and when they will have to comply with this new requirement.
Visit this article by Det Norske Veritas if you would like to read a more extensive review of this issue.


NSI guidance on the volume of sewage holding tanks

In accordance with Marpol Annex IV, reg. 9 and the Decree Prevention of Pollution by Ships (‘Besluit voorkoming verontreiniging door schepen’), NSI has published guidance on the required volume of sewage holding tanks for ships sailing under the Dutch flag. Among other things, the required volume will depend on the number of persons on board. This guidance is available here.


New Port State Control guidelines for 2022

In December 2021 the IMO published new Procedures for Port State Control, replacing the previous guidelines from 2019. Most conspicuous changes are to appendix 7 on the inspection of operational requirements, which has been rewritten and expanded with a focus on onboard procedures and crew familiarization, and to appendix 18, which has been expanded to not only cover the inspection of IAPP requirements, but also of IEE, EEDI and SEEMP requirements.
A more detailed review of the new procedures can be found here.

Hartelijke groeten,
Het RBG Team

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