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Client Alerts - 2017

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  • 31-2017 ECM Client Alert 31-2017 - 2018 OSRO Coverage Update
    MSRC and NRC Coverage Expansion; Changes in Hawaii

  • 30-2017 Client Alert 30-2017 November 06, 2017 U.S. Ballast Water Management Update Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) Type Approval - Eighth Application received by USCG
    Further to our Client Alerts 23-2017 and 29-2017, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Center (MSC) announced last week that it had received its eighth application for Ballast Water Treatment/Management System type approval for the Electro-Cleen System manufactured by Techcross, Inc.

  • 29-2017 ECM Client Alert 29-2017 October 19, 2017 U.S. Ballast Water Management Update Type Approval issued to Sixth Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) ; OceanSaver Status
    Further to our Client Alert 23-2017 dated August 11th, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Center has now issued its sixth Ballast Water Treatment/Management System (BWTS/BWMS) Type Approval Certificate

  • 28-2017 ECM Client Alert 28-2017: USCG/NPFC Processing Time for USCG COFR
    The U.S. COAST GUARD (USCG) NATIONAL POLLUTION FUNDS CENTER (NPFC) has informed ECM that they will take at least 21 days to issue FEDERAL CERTIFICATES OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (COFR).

  • 27-2017 ECM Client Alert 27-2017: IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    IMO has updated their list of National Operational Contact Points.

  • 26-2017 Client Alert 26-2017 Hurricane Harvey Fuel Supply Disruption
    The recent damage caused by Hurricane Harvey to Texas, including the ports of Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Freeport, Texas City and Port Arthur, continues to affect vessels in the region.

  • 25-2017 Client Alert 25-2017 New PSA 02-17 Conditions of Entry for US Ports
    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new Port Security Advisory (PSA) 02-17 (copy included with this Alert) on the imposition of Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from ports/countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.

  • 24-2017 24A - Attachment B
    State of California Letter

  • 24-2017 24A - Attachment A
    Reporting Form

  • 24-2017 24A - New California Biofouling Management Regulations
    As referenced in our Client Alert 24-2017, the California State Lands Commission (SLC) has issued the attached Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form.

  • 24-2017 ECM Client Alert 24-2017: New CA Biofouling Management Regulations
    The California State Lands Commission recently notified industry of the state’s new Biofouling Management Regulations, that come into force on October 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

  • 23-2017 ECM Client Alert 23-2017: Ballast Water Management - USCG issues type approval to fifth BWTS
    Ballast Water Management - USCG issues type approval to fifth BWTS

  • 22-2017 California Fuel Regulations Update on Exemption Application Process
    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) requires the use of low sulfur distillate fuels with a maximum sulfur content of 0.1% in Regulated California Waters* (See Client Alert 25-2014). California allows an exemption to their regulation for vessels that use alternative emission control technologies (scrubbers) and/or non-distillate fuels.

  • 21-2017 Revised Network Fee Structure for Nontank Vessels Western Alaska Alternative Planning Criteria (APC)
    ECM references the attached Circular 2017-03 issued by the ALASKA MARITIME PREVENTION AND RESPONSE NETWORK (NETWORK) on July 24, 2017 that provides revised fee structures for nontank vessels only.

  • 20-2017 Ballast Water Management (USA) California announces acceptance of Type Approved and AMS BWTS in lieu of Ballast Water Exchange
    In a letter dated July 24th, 2017, the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) announced that the Master, Owner, Operators or person in charge of a vessel that arrives at a port in California are now authorized to manage its ballast water using an alternative, environmentally sound method of management that has been approved by the CSLC or the U.S

  • 19-2017 California Shoreline Protection Update
    ECM’s Client Alert 33-2015 issued on December 3, 2015 and then updated with Client Alert 22-2016 advised that as of January 1, 2016 MARINE SPILL RESPONSE CORPORATION (MSRC) would no longer provide enhanced California Shoreline Protection (CASP) coverage for vessels—tank or nontank - transiting the southbound traffic lanes of the Santa Barbara Chann

  • 18-2017 US Ballast Water Management
    As you may be aware, on July 7th, 2017 at the 71st session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71), an agreement was reached on a revised implementation schedule for installation of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) under the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC).

  • 17-2017 US Ballast Water Management - US BW Regulations vs IMO BWM Convention
    The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC) has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 07-2017, reminding stakeholders of the differences between the U.S. BallastWater Management regulations and the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

  • 16-2017 IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated 30 June 2017, copy attached. Please ensure that the SOPEP or SMPEP on board your vessels is duly updated with the current list.

  • 15-2017 U.S. Ballast Water Management Update
    The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) recently issued the a U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management (Treatment) System Type Approval Certificate to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined that the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

  • 14-2017 VGP Compliance Manual Update
    For vessels with ECM generated VGP Compliance Manuals, insert the attached updated pages into Chapter 2.

  • 13-2017 ECM IMT TTX Schedule Additional Venue Istanbul
    ECM is pleased to announce the addition of Istanbul, Turkey to our 2017 Incident Management Team (IMT) Tabletop Exercise (TTX) program.

  • 12-2017 Ship Sanitation Control: Issuing of Certification by U.S. Authorities
    We refer to our previous Client Alert 14-2007 dated November 12, 2007, which notified stakeholders that Ship Sanitation Control Certificates (SSCC) and/or Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates (SSCEC) would no longer be issued by authorities in the United States, with effect from December 15, 2007.

  • 11-2017 California Ballast Water Regulation Changes
    As we noted in our December 2016 NEWSLINE, the California State Lands Commission has adopted new ballast water enforcement regulations.

  • 10-2017 Attachment B
    10-2017 Modification to fuel requirements in Panama Canal waters

  • 10-2017 Attachment A
    10-2017 Modification to fuel requirements in Panama Canal waters

  • 10-2017 Modification to fuel requirements in Panama Canal waters
    We draw your attention to the article published in our recent Spring 2017 edition of ECM’s Newsline, describing the fuel regulations implemented by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), affecting vessels transiting through the Panama Canal.

  • 9-2017 Invitation to Crisis Management Seminar in Manila May 9-11, 2017
    Once again, (please refer to ECM Client Alert 07-2016) ECM will be joining GARD AS, the University of Bergen and Klaveness Ship Management AS in presenting a Crisis Management Seminar (CMS) in Manila at the New World Manila Bay Hotel from Tuesday, May 9th through Thursday, May 11th, 2017.

  • 8-2017 New USCG PSA 1-17 with Conditions of Entry
    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new Port Security Advisory (PSA) 1-17 (copy attached) on the imposition of Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from ports/countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.

  • 7-2017 Updated IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated 31 March 2017,

  • 6-2017 USCG Expedited Vessel Response Plan Requests
    The USCG issued the attached bulletin “Expedited Vessel Response Plan Requests” on March 13, 2017 advising that the Vessel Response Plan Program is receiving an influx of expedited VRP requests.

  • 5-2017 Update on the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program
    Further to our Client Alert 02-2017 containing guidance from the U.S. Coast Guard on applying for extensions to compliance dates under the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Standard, the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (OES) has now released an update to their enforcement policy under the extension program.

  • 4-2017 ECM IMT TTX 2017 Schedule
    All vessel plan holders with a USCG approved vessel response plan (VRP) are required by law to participate in an annual tabletop exercise (TTX) with their designated Incident Management Team (IMT).

  • 3-2017 NRC Client Advisory Letter
    ECM clients who have an OSRO contract in place with the National Response Corporation (NRC) should have recently received NRC’s Client Advisory Letter 2016-04.

  • 2-2017 USCG Revised Guidance to Applying for Extensions to Compliance Date(s)
    Further to our Client Alerts 24-2016 and 25-2016 on the recent type approvals granted to three Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) models and manufacturers, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has released a set of revised guidelines and tips on applying for extensions to existing compliance dates, as applicable under 33 CFR 151.2035(b) and Policy Letter

  • 1-2017 Updated IMO List of National Operational Contact Points
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued an updated LIST OF NATIONAL OPERATIONAL CONTACT POINTS dated 22 December 2016.