Archive for the ‘Pollution prevention’ Category

US Maritime regulatory compliance training in Marseille, (France)

Bruno Di Lascio (ECM Europe) has conducted a US maritime regulatory compliance training at Marseille, (France) for GAZOCEAN on September 13rd, 2016.

Founded in 1957, GAZOCEAN is one of the oldest Marine Companies in the field of the transport by sea of liquefied natural gas.

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Revised guidance on ultra low sulfur fuel handling when entering the ECA

The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that several reports have been received from vessels trading within the EMISSION CONTROL AREA (ECA), stating that main engines often do not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil. Problems have been reported during maneuvering, including while under pilotage.

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The Role of the Compliance Manger in the Voluntary Environmental Compliance Program (VECP)

Recently, ECM Europe has issued in Europe the so called “Voluntary Environmental Compliance Program” (VECP) Project.

VECP is an operational standard based on ECM extensive experience, that specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable a shipping company to prevent, detect and correct environmental violations under applicable international flag state, port state and coastal state law, and the United State laws including, but not limited to, the international Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and all U.S. Federal and State statutes and regulations including, but not limited to the Ports and Water Safety Act (PWSA), the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA 90) and the EU Directive 2009/123/EC.

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Pollution fines tariff – Turkey


Revised pollution fines tariff for 2012 as of 1/12/2012 up tp 30/12/2012

 Petrol and Petroleum products discharged to sea by tankers:

  1. Up to 1000 (inclusive) gross tons: Per Ton* : 62.80 TL
  2. Between 1000 and 5000 (inclusive) gross tons: Per Ton* : 15.67 TL
  3. Over 5000 gross tons: Per Ton* : 1.52 TL


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U.S. EPA Establishes No Discharge Zone in All California Marine Waters


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for marine waters of the State of California for sewage discharges. Beginning in mid-March 2012, the following vessels will be prohibited from discharging all sewage, whether treated or not, while in California marine waters:

  • Large Passenger Vessels over 300 gross tons or more that have berths or overnight accommodations for passengers.
  • Large Oceangoing Vessels over 300 gross tons, including private, commercial, government, or military vessels equipped with a holding tank with remaining capacity at time of entry or containing any sewage generated prior to entry to California marine waters.


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