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California: Regolamenti per la gestione del Biofouling

California Biofouling Management Regulations

New reporting Form

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. This form will also be available from the SLC website.


Effective October 1, 2017, all vessels that arrive at California ports must submit the form once annually, at least 24 hours in advance of the first arrival of each calendar year. Vessels will no longer need to submit the Hull Husbandry Reporting Form, the Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Reporting Form or the Ballast Water Treatment Annual Reporting Form.

SLC also issued the appended guidance letter regarding the updated reporting requirements for vessels arriving at California ports.

Please contact ECM at if you require assistance with California reporting requirements.


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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Un progetto europeo come supporto alle emergenze da inquinamento marino nel Mediterraneo

Si chiama MEDESS-4MS il progetto europeo dedicato alla prevenzione dei rischi marittimi e al rafforzamento della sicurezza in relazione all’inquinamento da idrocarburi nel Mediterraneo.

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

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

VECP is an operational standard 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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