Jan
25

Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

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The 2016 Amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 entered into force on 8 January 2019. These amendments introduced specific provisions to provide further protection to seafarers against shipboard harassment and bullying, and to allow for an extension of the validity of full term Maritime Labour Certificates. Guideline B4.3.1 concerning the provisions on occupational accidents, injuries and diseases has been amended so as to include harassment and bullying. Additionally, a reference is provided to the latest Guidance on eliminating shipboard ...
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Jan
24

EU Regime on Greener Ship Recycling Enters into Force

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Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on ship recycling and amending Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 and Directive 2009/16/EC (hereinafter the 'EU Regulation') became applicable on 31 December 2018. The purpose of this Regulation is to prevent, reduce, minimise and, to the extent practicable, eliminate accidents, injuries and other adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling. The Regulation seeks to enhance safety, the protection of human health and of the Union marine environme...
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Jan
23

Merchant Shipping Directorate issues Non-Convention Vessel Code

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The new NCV Code creates synergy and incorporates the requirements that were previously set by the CVC Code (Code of Practice for the Safety of Commercial Vessels) together with the requirements for Non-Convention Vessels, namely the IACS Recommendation No.99. The Code is intended to serve the needs of non-convention vessels better by optimising the regulatory regime to the particular needs, demands and technologies of the market, in conformity with recent safety and international regulations and standards. The Code entered into force on the 1st January 2019. Exis...
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Jan
14

European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum Publishes its First Thematic Report

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On the 16 th of October 2018, the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum published its first thematic report which explores the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation in light of the rise of one of the world's most disruptive new technologies, the Blockchain. The Report outlines the main concerns relating to the co-existence of the provisions of the GDPR and blockchain technology, which have to date not been conclusively settled by the data protection authorities, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) or in court. It is important not to ...
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Mar
09

Amendments to the Guidelines regarding VAT treatment of Yacht Leasing

Amendments to the Guidelines regarding VAT treatment of Yacht Leasing
The Commissioner for Revenue has recently published an amended version of the Guidelines regarding the VAT treatment of Yacht Leasing in Malta. The most noticeable modification from the previous Guidelines relates to the determination of the use of the yacht within and outside EU territorial waters during the lease period. The previous Guidelines acknowledged the difficulty in trailing the movements of a pleasure yacht in order to determine the period the yacht spends within EU territorial waters, and therefore established the estimated percentage portion of the l...
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