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Welcome to the final edition of our monthly newsletter for 2019. We take this opportunity to remind you that the IMO building will be closed during the festive season from 21 December 2019 until 1 January 2020 inclusive.

Please note that during our office closure, the web shop will remain open for both digital and hard copy purchases. Hardcopy orders, however, will be despatched as from 3 January 2020. Access to the IMO Publishing Virtual Publications website will be available throughout this period.

IMO Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the following new titles:

Model course: Safe Handling & Transport of Solid Bulk Cargoes, 2019 Edition

Model course: Basic training for masters on ships subject to the IGF Code, 2019 Edition

Model course: Advanced training for masters on ships subject to the IGF Code, 2019 Edition

Model course: Ratings as able seafarer engine, 2019 Edition.

IMO Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the following new editions of existing titles:

GMDSS Manual, 2019 Edition

Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 Edition

IMSBC Code & Supplement, 2020 French and Spanish Editions

IAMSAR Manual: Volume II, 2019 French/Spanish Editions

Basic Documents: Volume I, 2018 French, Russian and Spanish Editions.

The IMO-Vega Database (Version 24)
The latest edition of is now available in two formats, namely, the Internet Subscription (SVEGA) and the Electronic download (Z24A). For further information, please see the What's new in Version 24? listing. Please note that the IMO-Vega on the Web version has already been updated to include these documents.

The IMO Bookshelf v5.11 now available
We are pleased to advise that a new version of the IMO Bookshelf software is now available for download from our website. This important update includes the functionality to move your e-reader licences from one computer to another. For full details, please visit the IMO Bookshelf web page.

Internet Subscriptions
We remind you that as from 1 January 2020, the renewal discount (50%) for subscriptions to SOLAS on the Web and MARPOL on the Web will no longer apply. All renewals taking place before that date will benefit from the renewal discount.

Please be advised that IMO Publishing will be discontinuing the IMDG Code on the Web subscription (S200E), Electronic IMDG Code for download (ZL200E) and IMDG Code for Windows CD (DL200E) products from 1 June 2020. For subscription users, any subscription taken out before 1 June 2020 will continue to be available until the expiry of their 12-month subscription, however, there will be no further updates to the product.

Instruments entering into force on 1 January 2020
From 1 January 2020, the "IMO 2020" rule means that the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) – while in designated emission control areas (ECAs) the limit will remain at 0.10%. A comprehensive collection of rules and regulations relating to IMO2020 has been brought together in the IMO2020 publication (I666E).

On 1 January 2020 the IMDG Code, 2018 Edition becomes mandatory for two years.

Please note that supplements in English, French, Spanish and Arabic have been added to our Supplements & CDs webpage. We encourage you to view this webpage, download and print them accordingly. Please remember that these updates are available by using the Internet Update/Check for Content Update function on The IMO Bookshelf and to customers who purchased the e-book can access the supplement that has been added to the back of the pdf file, via the Virtual Publications website.

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Coming soon...

International Code on Intact Stability 2008, 2020 Edition (product code IC874E, price £30) in January 2020

IMO 2020: Consistent Implementation of MARPOL Annex VI, 2019 Spanish Edition (product code I666S, price £22) in January 2020

Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 French and Spanish Editions (product codes IA968F/IA968S, price £30) in January 2020.