MSC 97 discussed maritime cyber risk but guidelines remain voluntary. Credit: IMO

IMO holds off on mandatory cyber rules

Avoiding another layer of costs for shipowners was part of the rationale for postponing mandatory requirements on cyber risk management at the IMO. The agency’s Maritime Security Committee (MSC) earlier this year approved “Interim Guidelines […]

Panama’s Jorge Barakat Pitty presents accession letter to IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim. Credit: IMO

US type approval of BWMS likely delayed

The US Coast Guard has asked three ballast water equipment manufacturers to submit additional information to their pending applications which will likely delay a US type-approved system long-awaited by shipowners. “For each of the systems, […]