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.
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.
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.
Updated 30 March 2020
All ships above 300 gross tons must report their location, speed, and destination to a shore-based station when entering two key right whale habitats along the US East Coast: one in waters off New England and one off coastal Georgia and Florida.
High water and strong currents in the Mississippi River can lead to delays and additional costs being incurred.