19 AUG 2019
From 20 August 2019 Masters must make sure vessels’ automatic identification systems (AIS) are active and transmit the correct information when navigating in Indonesian territorial waters.
13 AUG 2019
Where does the danger lie? When measuring dangerous gases prior to enclosed space entry, we need to take into account the relative weight of the gas when compared to air. For example, we need to be aware that methane is lighter than air, carbon monoxide is the same weight and hydrogen sulphide is heavier than air. This difference in molecular weight requires gas measurements to be taken at different heights of the enclosed space to ensure thorough gas measurement prior to man entry into enclosed space.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has released updated versions of their marine casualty reporting forms, commonly referred to as the “CG-2692” and Addendums. Members are encouraged to use the most recent version of the reporting forms in future marine casualty reporting and ensure that relevant crews and operational personnel understand the casualty reporting requirements.
Port State inspectors compare the Bilge Alarm data to the entries in the Oil Record Book and if that data is unavailable, inspectors may find the vessel deficient. We share a lesson learned to avoid deficiencies and consequent delay.
Open manholes and displaced gratings pose considerable hazards to crew on offshore installations as evidenced by two recent incidents reported by the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
The Tokyo and Paris MoUs on Port State Control launches joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) focussing on emergency systems and procedures on 1 September.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern although the health risk to seafarers remains low.
US and Canada warn the shipping industry of high population levels of Asian gypsy moth in regulated areas and encourage crews on all vessel to intensify their ‘vessel self-inspections’ while en route, to avoid delays and re-routing during subsequent port calls in the two countries.
Updated 2 August 2019
In response to the maritime incident that took place in the Strait of Hormuz on 19 July 2019, all vessels are advised to operate with a heightened level of security in the Gulf of Oman/Strait of Hormuz/Persian Gulf region.
This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns by port state authorities start on 1 September 2019 and focus on emergency systems and procedures, including emergency drills for crew.
On 9 July 2019, Canada extended the speed restriction zones in the Gulf of St. Lawrence further east and the 10 knot speed limit now applies to vessels more than 13 m in overall length.
Whilst investigating a cyber incident onboard a ship the USCG found that the security risk presented by the shipboard network was well known among the crew before the incident.
The effect of piracy on crew and their safety continues to be a cause for concern and transiting West African waters remains particularly difficult. In the first half of 2019, 73% of all kidnappings at sea, and 92% of hostage-takings, took place in the Gulf of Guinea.
Seafarers carrying the European Health Insurance Card benefit from access to medical treatment free of charge or at reduced cost in all EU/EEA countries.
Please refer to our latest alert “Canada further strengthens measures to protect whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence” for an overview of measures in force as of 9 July 2019.
Following the unfortunate deaths of several North Atlantic right whales in its waters, Canada requires vessels to travel at 10 knots or less in certain parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
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.