The US Office of Investigation and Casualty Analysis issued the Marine Safety Alert 03-18 to warn mariners to be careful when it comes to possible on failures on immersion suits. During a recent inspection, US.Coast Guard Port State Control examiners discovered a significant problem involving almost all of a vessel’s immersion suits.
Brazil is facing a severe outbreak of yellow fever, having experienced a significant increase in the number of fatal cases and the geographic spread of the disease in the last few months. The yellow fever virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The disease is endemic in tropical areas of Africa, Central America and South America, including some areas of Brazil, notably in the North and Centre‐West Regions.
USCG is warning mariners to be extremely careful when passing the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, from Wednesday 21 March into Thursday, 22 March, as a winter storm is expected in this area. Conditions are expected to get worse on Wednesday night, 212 March, with dangerous wind and sea conditions along Southern New England waters.
Xiamen has introduced the ‘Marine Traffic Safety Regulation’, which has come into force on 1 March 2018, and imposes that the maritime administration department shall take traffic control measures at specific sea areas during specific period in the event of heavy weather, the UK Club informed citing Huatai correspondents.
Due to increased activities of the Kick em’ Jenny Volcano, the alert level has been raised from Yellow to Orange, advised Grenada’s NaDMA through the technical support provided by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center. With this increase in the alert level, ships are asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1miles.
The US Coast Guard advises operators in the mid-Atlantic region to be very careful, as a storm system is expected in the region, with winds of over 30 miles-per-hour and seas up to or surpassing 10 feet. Operators are also advised to stay up to date on the weather as conditions can change suddenly and with little warning.
The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning the continuing problem of inadequate deck water spray systems on LNG carriers, noting that inadequate coverage of the required areas by the deck water spray system is one of top three deficiencies identified during Certificate of Compliance exams on these ships.
The US embassy in Mexico City issued a safety alert, prohibiting all US Government employees from using all tourist ferries on the route Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, until further notice, due to two subsequent incidents involving explosive devices onboard, on 21 February and on 1 March.
Insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, financial institutions, and others involved in shipping-related transactions may be subject to one or more sanctions prohibitions related to North Korea. The information herebelow is based on a recent advisory on N. Korea Sanctions, issued by the US Department of Treasure.
US provides examples of the types of tactics used by North Korea to obfuscate the identity of the vessels, the goods being shipped, and the origin or destination of cargo and also suggests measures to mitigate the risk of engaging in prohibited activity or processing prohibited transactions.
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