The Ship Pollution Control Implementation Plan of Hainan Province, implemented 3 November 2017 to 3 December 2018, will include a port state inspection campaign. This will be focused upon compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978, Annex VI and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments.
The Argentine National Sanitary Authorities (SENASA) has introduced Resolution 693-E/2017, which entered into force on 1 November 2017. This Resolution outlines a control system for the approval of holds/tanks of vessels and barges destined to export grains, its products and by-products. Specific criteria for when to object to or reject holds or tanks, such as the presence of live insects, loose rust scale, excessive humidity, etc., are included. This Resolution shall be applicable to all river and maritime ports. It will initially be in operation for a trial period of 1 year. The Resolution is available here (in Spanish) or here (English translation).
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig dismissed on 28 November 2017 the actions brought by the towns of Cuxhaven and Otterndorf, as well as by Elbe and coastal fishermen, against the planning approval decisions for the fairway adaptation in the lower and outer Elbe. The court said that while assessing the appeals it decided to give priority to the public interest stemming from the deepened Elbe waterway. The project, aimed at adjusting the navigation channel on the lower and outer Elbe river, would enable the Port of Hamburg to accommodate mega ships. Around 130 kilometers of the river is to be dredged, enabling container ships with a 14.5 meter draft to reach the port. More information may be found here (in German).
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2178, 22 November 2017, amends Regulation (EU) No 468/2010 establishing the EU list of vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. As with previous amendments, the Union list is compiled from RFMO/A listed IUU fishing vessels (Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008, art. 30) and does not as yet make use of the unilateral listing procedure (Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008, art. 27(1)).
For more information see here (citation: OJ L 307, 23.11.2017, p. 14–24).
The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced a future ban on sewage waste deposits from ships within 12 nautical miles from land along the Norwegian coast and around Svalbard. The Minister has said that the regulations for such deposits will be stricter and that they will apply to all kinds of vessels, regardless of their size and how many persons they are certified to take. This will translate into a change of the requirements for sewage discharges from ships to the north and west of Lindesnes by the end of 2018. More information may be found here (in English, only on measures to combat marine litter) and, with more detail, here (in Norwegian). The letter of the Minister may be found here (in Norwegian).
On the 24 November 2017, the President of Mexico signed the Revillagigedo National Park Decree, establishing the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park of approximately 14.8 million hectares. Fishing, resource extraction and construction will be restricted.
The Groningen Centre of Energy Law shall host a conference, entitled, The North Sea as a Source of Sustainable Energy and Law, 8 December 2017, at the Hilton (The Hague, Netherlands).
For more information, see here.