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UK Club: FAQs on current bunker issues in US Gulf

Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters. 

Ebola outbreak reported in Congo

The World Health Organization and a broad range of partners are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with the local Government to contain an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Bikoro health zone, Equateur Province. The outbreak was declared during May. As of 11 May, 34 Ebola cases were reported in the area.

Ship restrictions in Singapore during US-North Korea summit

MPA Singapore issued an advisory, informing of temporary restrictions for mariners operating in the vicinity of Sisters Fairway, Western Anchorage, Buran Channel, Selat Sengkir, Keppel Harbour and Cruise Bay, during the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on 10-13 June 2018.

Changes in stowaway trends at European ports

North P&I Club informed that there has been a notable change in stowaway trends over the last year and a half, as an increased activity is reported around a number of European ports. Potential stowaways target Bilbao’s commercial port and are being discovered on board container and general cargo vessels heading for UK ports,

Temporary restrictions applied to ships in Qingdao port waters

To improve safety in and around the city of Qingdao during the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Government of Qingdao has imposed temporary restrictions to ships operating in Qingdao waters between 29 May and 11 June, Gard Club informed citing information by Huatai Insurance Agency.

UK MAIB warns of defective throw bag rescue lines

The UK MAIB issued a safety warning informing that a defective throw bag rescue line was discovered while Warrington Rowing Club was conducting boat capsize drills for new rowers at Halton Baths in Cheshire. A 15m long polypropylene rescue line in a throw bag parted while a young person in the water was being pulled to the side of the pool during a simulated rescue. 

USCG warns over recent marine bollard failures

The USCG issued an alert informing that recently, there have been a number of shore side marine bollard failures whereby moored vessels were cast adrift. In some cases, this resulted in damage to the involved vessel, as well as other nearby vessels and shore side structures, the USCG warned.

USCG: Ethylene vapors activate CO alarm

USCG issued a safety alert informing marine inspectors and other interested persons that ethylene vapors on LNG carriers activate CO alarm. Specifically, during an examination of a LNG carrier whose cargo tanks contained ethylene vapors, PSC Officers received alarms on their portable 4 Gas meters giving a reading of 60 to 100 parts per-million CO.

Collision claims remain alarming in Chittagong anchorage

The West of England Club continues to see collisions between vessels underway and at anchor in Chittagong anchorage area, with 50 such incidents recorded since 2013. The considerable increase of ships calling at Chittagong has brought a respective increase of incidents, which has attracted the attention of marine insurance industry in recent years.

USCG enforces safety zone ahead Kilauea lava flow

The US Coast Guard announced that it is enforcing a Lava Entry Safety Zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entries into the Pacific Ocean, on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i, in the vicinity of the Mackenzie State Park Lower Puna region.

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