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.
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.