Updated 14 June 2019
While the cause of the incidents that took place in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June 2019 has not been confirmed, all vessels, and tankers in particular, are advised to operate with a heightened level of security in the Gulf of Oman/Strait of Hormuz/Persian Gulf region.
The mandatory notification requirement for the carriage of nickel ore loaded in Philippines and Indonesia still applies. This important loss prevention initiative was introduced in 2012 and allows early interaction with ship operators and an opportunity to reduce the risks presented by this cargo.
Although fishing off the side of a vessel while anchored in port may be a common pastime, many national waters require fishermen to obtain fishing permits. There may also be restrictions on the number and types of fish that can be caught. Crew members should respect and follow the fishing regulations of each country or risk legal and financial consequences.
In response to the maritime incident that took place in the vicinity of the anchorages off Fujairah, UAE on 12 May 2019, OCIMF and INTERTANKO set out guidance to be provided to ships’ Masters and recommend ship operators to review BMP5.
The cause of the maritime incident that took place in the vicinity of the anchorages off Fujairah, UAE on 12 May 2019 has not been confirmed by the local authorities as investigations are ongoing.
Under the new regulation inspections of segregated ballasts by ecological inspectorates in Ukrainian ports will be temporarily prohibited.
Accidents in enclosed spaces onboard vessels continue to be a source of serious injuries and fatalities. Despite decades of work to improve enclosed space entry by maritime safety organizations, training institutions, and vessel owners and operators, the risks have not been eliminated.
Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers and seafarers must not lower their guard when visiting an area where there is a risk of exposure to this mosquito-borne disease.
All the ten mandatory speed restriction zones to protect North Atlantic right whales along the US East Coast are now active. In addition, NOAA recently announced that a voluntary speed reduction zone off Nantucket, Massachusetts is currently in force until 13 April 2019.
High water and strong currents in the Mississippi River can lead to delays and additional costs being incurred.
Misdelivery claims highlight the risks involved when delivering cargo without the production of the original bills of lading.
24 JAN 2019
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Whereas the Danish authorities concludes that the general cyber threat against its maritime sector is primarily directed against commercial businesses, it also emphasises that cyber threats are dynamic and can quickly change.
In the US, the current partial shutdown of the federal government continues, now for more than a month, and this includes affecting such agencies as the U.S. Coast Guard.
Updated 4 February 2019
The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea.
From 1 January 2019 vessels must switch to fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% prior to entering China’s territorial sea.
03 DEC 2018
Following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2011, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS)in India banned the use of “Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite phones” in Indian waters.
Amendments to the IMSBC Code will enter into force on 1 January 2019. In this article, Penelope Cooke of Brookes Bell LLP explains how the upcoming amendments will affect vessels carrying coal cargoes. For all details of the IMSBC Code amendments, please see IMO Resolution MSC.426(98).
15 NOV 2018
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The California State Lands Commission emphasises that the International Anti-Fouling System (AFS) Certificate issued by a vessel’s flag state is not enough to document effectiveness of a vessel’s antifouling coating in terms of preventing the transfer of marine invasive species.