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IMO introduces new measure to control greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.
At the 70th meeting of its Marine Environment Protection Committee, at the end of October, the IMO agreed amendments to chapter 4 of annex VI of MARPOL which are expected to enter into force on 1 March 2018, under the tacit acceptance procedure. They add a new Regulation 22A imposing an obligation on ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above to collect consumption data for each type of fuel oil they use, as well as other, additional, specified data including proxies for transport work. The data will be reported to the Flag State who will issue the ship with a certificate of compliance and pass the data on to the IMO. The data will enable IMO to make future decisions about controlling greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
Other regulations are amended to cater for the new requirement, including those related to certificates, surveys and port State control.
Professor Simon Baughen was appointed as Professor of Shipping Law in September 2013 (previously Reader at the University of Bristol Law School). Simon Baughen studied law at Oxford and practised in maritime law for several years before joining academia. His research interests lie mainly in the field of shipping law, but also include the law of trusts and the environmental law implications of the activities of multinational corporations in the developing world. Simon's book on Shipping Law, has run to seven editions (soon to be eight) and is already well-known to academics and students alike as by far the most learned and approachable work on the subject. Furthermore, he is now the author of the very well-established practitioner's work Summerskill on Laytime. He has an extensive list of publications to his name, including International Trade and the Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs - Closing the Governance Gap. He has also written and taught extensively on commercial law, trusts and environmental law. Simon is a member of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, a University Research Centre within the School of Law, and he currently teaches at Swansea on the LLM in:Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air; Charterparties Law and Practice; International Corporate Governance.
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