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US strengthens sanctions on North Korean shipping

The US announced the largest set of sanctions ever imposed in connection with North Korea, targeting shipping companies, vessels, and individuals across the world accused of illicit trading with the country. Specifically, the US is sanctioning 27 entities, 28 vessels, and one individual, all involved in sanctions evasions schemes. 

Condition surveys for ships carrying HFO as cargo

In order to improve ship standards, the International Group of P&I Clubs informed that it will continue to conduct survey triggers for seagoing vessels of 10 years of age or more carrying HFO. Operators should have in mind that a declaration is now required.

Panama to capture ships helping North Korea

The Panama Maritime Authority informed that ships that assist North Korea will be captured and processed. It also said that North Korea is evading the sanction measures imposed by the United Nations Security Council using a variety of deceptive practices.

Operational risk management essential to safe towing operations

On the aftermath of a recent incident involving death of a tow vessel Captain, the USCG issued a Safety Alert to remind commercial towing and salvage operators to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene.

Not complying with doctor’s recommendations is medical abandonment

When a seafarer slipped and fell on his back, he was referred to a shore doctor who initially diagnosed him with acute lumbago and recommended repatriation for further examination. When the seafarer filed a complaint for full disability benefits with the Labor Arbiter, the latter decided to grant him such benefits.

Testing procedures for cargo hold bilge systems

UK P&I Club informed that significant insurance damage claims can be made if a bulk cargo is damaged, because of leakage of the bilge system into a loaded bulk cargo hold. To reduce the chance of such cargo damage, operators are advised to inspect and test the cargo hold bilge system as part of the routine pre-loading checks of the cargo holds.

Speed restrictions off US Virginia Beach

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an alert regarding the right whale Dynamic Management Area off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, after three whales were spotted in this area. This DMA is in effect since 10 February 2018. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

Security measures against stowaways in port of Dakar

Port of Dakar Authorities have reminded vessels of the security measures concerning watchmen and access, that must be followed when vessels are in port, with respect to illegal emigration, Steamship Mutual P&I Club informed citing information provided by Club Correspondents Budd.

USCG warns to avoid ice in active shipping lanes

US Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie issued a reminder the public, calling them to stay away from active shipping lanes while partaking in recreational ice activities or using ice as a means of transportation. Operators must wear appropriate clothing and be physically capable of self-rescue in case of falling through while venturing out on the ice.

Conditions of entry for vessels arriving from Côte d’Ivoire

USCG announced it is modifying the conditions of entry for vessels arriving in the US from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire by adding an exemption for two facilities: Carena Shipyard and Terminal A Containers, Abidjan, starting from 3 January 2018.

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