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New Regulations UNCTAD Maritime Transport

According to UNCTAD / Review of Maritime Transport 2017 (see link:, in 2017, it entered into force

i) The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (September 8, 2017) and

ii) The International Labour Organization work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (16 November 2017).

The content of the aforementioned documents can be found at

and .

Moreover, the global cap of 0.5 per cent on Sulphur content in fuel oil used on board ships, will enter into force from 1-1-2020.




Sustainable Shipping / Transporte Marítimo Sostenible

Sustainable shipping has become one of my biggest concerns as a humble researcher within the last 8 years. I started to show some examples of sustainability in European regulations, through my study of short sea shipping in the EU area (2010). After that, I made a presentation of shipping regulations in LATAM, whithin which I included the latest developments in sustainable shipping programs (2012). Thirdly, we dedicated a single study to sustainable shipping and international regulations (2015) and now, following a presentation before the World Jurist Association congress (Aruba, 2017), we added some remarks on energy efficiency.

In the link above, you can find the article in Spanish. Sooner the version in English.




Crew members work permit in Venezuela

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List of amendments expected to enter into force this year and in the coming years IMO

IMO briefing on the mandatory IGF code




  • The International Code of the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) is mandatory. The latest comprehensive amendments of the IGC Code were adopted by resolution MSC.370(93), expected to enter into force on 1 July 2016.


  • About LNG and LPG in international waters. Things to know:

  • Some news, regulations and articles on the so important gas carriage by sea:

FRRU’s in Asia. Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company hire:

Report: EGAS launches third FSRU tender

Also, see:


World Maritime Day

See the link below on the purpose of this 2016’s world maritime day. It emphasizes the importance of the shipping industry for the world, as must people ignore how important and often we use and profit things that have been transported by sea.

Tomorrow, thursday 29 September is the world maritime day. A forum will be held at IMO headquarters and will be live streamed.



Sustainable Transportation

The following web links have been subject of study for our new article on Sustainable Maritime Transportation.

First, some important provisions are stipulated on the United Nations Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing:


Second, we analize the Project of the PEW CHARITABLE TRUST ORGANIZATION on the implementation of Marine Fishery Conventions:

Third, we have reviewed some of the most important work, including the “case for action” developed by que Sustainable Shipping Initiative. This study contains a large database and wide information of the problem, the current situation and a plan for 2040.


Mandatorily, an obligated review of the Maritime Transport UNCTAD publication has been done, particularly its Executive Summary and Chapter V (Legal news).

Finally, eco-ships, wind propulsion y sustainable shipping initiatives will be studied for this new article.

Our objective is to keep the trace of the most relevant regulations and application or regulations in sustainable development transportation, as a continuation of our articles from 2012 and 2015 on short sea shipping and sustainable transport which you can find in this blog.