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UAE partly mitigates Qatar shipping ban

The UAE has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar, enforced under a political and economic boycott of Doha, according to port circular. An Abu Dhabi Ports circular cancelled previous directives that banned cargoes of Qatar origin from UAE waters and ports, and those of UAE origin from Qatar.

Venezuela closes maritime border with Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire

Venezuela closed its maritime border with Dutch Caribbean islands, because of the opposition’s plan to bring in humanitarian aid on February 23, in order to alleviate an economic crisis. Namely, the border is closed with the islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. This decision was taken after Curacao said that it would help store aid destined for Venezuela. 

Preventing the negative impacts of Asian Gypsy Moth

Asian gypsy moth is a serious pest that can be carried on ships and cargo. AGMs exist mainly in some seaport areas in Far East Russia, Japan, Korea, and Northern China. If introduced to North America, AGM would significantly affect forestry and agriculture, the natural environment, the commerce that relies on those plant resources, and market access.

Gard: High water on Mississippi river can lead to high costs

As the Gard Club informs, high water and strong currents in the Mississippi River can lead to delays and additional costs being incurred. The high-water season is often said to run from December to May, with the highest water being usually seen from February to May. However, this is not the only high water season, as high water can take place at many times and has sometimes lasted from January until August.

US sanctions create payment problems

The Swedish Club has previously advised that sanctions against Iran cause payment problems because banks have proven reluctant to make any payments having even a connection with Iran notwithstanding that the payment may be perfectly legitimate. In line with its previous announcement, the Club now informed that the problem is not isolated to Iran.

UK Club informs on General Licences concerning business with PdVSA

UK P&I Club issued a circular concerning the Venezuelan Sanctions the US imposed to PDVSA on January. The Club addressed that PDVSA has been made a target of the US. In the meantime, a number of General Licences have been issued with authorisations of varying duration to allow U.S. citizens to wind down existing business with PdVSA or its subsidiaries.

Japan Club informs of navigational warnings in China

The Japan P&I Club obtained navigation warnings of the China Waters issued by China MSA. The warnings will take place because of maintenance operation of channels of Yangtze Estuary, well exploration operation, 3d seismic data acquisition project, and survey on the submarine cable from Zhenhai and Dapengshan Island.

USCG withdraws proposed rulemakings on spill response plans

The US Coast Guard announced it is withdrawing two notices of proposed rulemaking based on findings that the proposed rules are no longer appropriate to the current state of spill response in the chemical industry. USCG aims to better analyze the current spill response capabilities of the chemical industry before conducting any further rulemaking.

21 tankers stranded off US with Venezuelan oil cargoes

More than 20 tankers loaded with 9.6 million barrels of Venezuelan oil were anchored off the US Gulf Coast as of 7 February. Some buyers had purchased the cargoes before US imposed the sanctions in late January, using the vessels as floating storage, while others weighed how to pay under the new rules.

Oil tankers stuck in Turkish straits’ shipping jam

Oil tankers cause a long queue trying to pass the Turkish straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. The oil tankers loaded about 41 million barrels of oil, in their majority of Russian and Kazakh from the Black Sea ports. Overall, 55 vessels were waiting, including 21 Suezmax class tankers and 26 Aframax class vessels.

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