IMO has welcomed the landmark agreement on a new oceans treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas

IMO welcomes new oceans treaty. Albion Marine Solutions actively contributes to the conservation and protection of marine biological diversity, including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution by ships (MARPOL) and the International Ballast Water Management Convention – which aims to prevent the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species – as well as the London Convention and Protocol regulating the dumping of wastes at sea.


IMO has welcomed the landmark agreement on a new oceans treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas. The new legally binding international instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction – known as 'BBNJ' was agreed on 4 March, following conclusion of the fifth round of treaty negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States.

According to IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: This landmark achievement will no doubt reinforce efforts to protect biodiversity in line with the aims of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Kunming-Montreal Global Framework for Biodiversity.

 The BBNJ treaty addresses, among other things: 

  • The conservation and sustainable use of marine BBNJ. 
  • Marine genetic resources, including questions on benefit-sharing (MGR). 
  • Area Based Management Tools (ABMT), including marine protected areas. 
  • Environmental impact assessments (EIA); and 
  • Capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology (CB&TMT) 

All ships must abide by the numerous safety regulations that the IMO has adopted, both inside and outside of PSSAs (designated sensitive sea areas), as well as in special and emission control zones. They include stringent guidelines for operating discharges, no-go zones, and other ship routing systems, including those designed to prevent shipping from passing over whales' breeding grounds. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EEXI & CII - Ship Carbon Intensity & Rating System

According to the regulations, from 1 January 2023, it will be mandatory for all ships to calculate their attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to measure their energy efficiency and to initiate the collection of data for the reporting of their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating. EEXI benchmarking of shipowner's fleets is required immediately so that technological enhancements can be addressed, and the contractual aspect planned.



Albion Marine Solutions EEXI & Decarbonization experts are working on large vessel EEXI and CII compliance requirements by providing clients with amended technical files and decarbonization solutions. Contact our team so that we can give you the best solutions as per your vessel's size and sailing needs. For more information contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) implemented new towing and mooring equipment guidelines

The International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recently implemented new requirements and issued related guidelines on towing and mooring equipment to improve the safety of seafarers during mooring and unmooring operations and to mitigate the rising trend of dangerous and sometimes fatal mooring operations.

Shipowners and operators need to be aware that the new regulations for inspection and maintenance of mooring equipment (including lines) apply to all ships in service from 1 January 2024. The necessary documentation needed to comply with the new regulations should be in place ahead of the entry into force date. Albion Marine solutions can assist you in complying with the new regulations which must be place ahead of the entry into force date. 

These new requirements are incorporated in the amendments to SOLAS Regulation II-1/3-8 contained in Resolution MSC.474(102) and come into force on 1 January 2024. Ahead of the above date, shipowners, shipbuilders, designers, and operators need to consider these upcoming regulatory changes and guidelines when finalizing any new build designs. Shipowners and operators need to ensure they have the required maintenance plans, procedures, and records in place before these changes come into force

Revised guidance on shipboard towing and mooring equipment (MSC.1/ Circ.1175/Rev.1)

  • Significant changes for new ships
  • Significant changes for ships in operation
  • Impact on ship design
  • Impact on shipowners and operators

Albion Marine is helping shipowners evaluate towing and mooring arrangements, systems, and equipment on board their vessels engineering, and improvements are required in some circumstances. Please contact Albion Marine "mooring experts" This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that your ship meets all requirements before the deadline.

Albion Marine conducted an assessment of the abandoned ship, "La Grande Hermine."

Albion Marine investigated and examined an abandoned ship perched on the shoreline at Jordan Harbour, close off Lake Ontario's western side, between Hamilton and St. Catharines. The ship was built in 1914 in Quebec and began as a ferry on St. Lawrence before becoming a freight ship and finally a floating restaurant. The abandoned ship arrived in Jordan Harbour in 1997 to be converted into another restaurant and became the victim of an arson fire in January 2003.

Albion Marine surveyor begins with a ship basic survey, then searches for hazardous materials, evaluates the vessel's stability, validates the ship's structural integrity, assesses risk, and evaluates the current safety and security. Albion Marine Solutions has been retained by the Vessels of concern Incident Management. These assessments are carried out as part of the application of section 36 of the Act respecting wrecks, abandoned, dilapidated, or hazardous vessels, and salvage operations. 

Albion Marine Solutions is working on its sustainable mission to preserve and protect the marine environment, coastlines, and waterways. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A practical guide to the selection of energy-efficient technologies for ships

Under the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project, the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (Low Carbon GIA) has released A Practical Guide to the Selection of Energy Efficiency Technologies for Ships. The Guide, along with its accompanying Excel tool, aims to help shipowners who are considering retrofits by providing valuable advice on factors and operating practices that should be taken into account when choosing pertinent technology.

According to Mr. David Connolly, Chief Technologist at Silverstream Technologies and Chair of the Low Carbon GIA Energy Efficiency Technologies and Operational Best Practices workstream, Transparency of performance is a major obstacle to adopting Energy Efficiency Technologies for Ships or EETs. The release of this Guide and the tool that goes with it is intended to assist shipowners and operators, especially those with limited in-house technical departments, in evaluating the potential energy savings of EETs and enabling more informed comparisons between various technologies. Click here to read more.

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