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US declares emergency in Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Lane

US President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in Hawaii and ordered assistance to supplement local response efforts because of the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Lane beginning on August 22, 2018, and continuing.

UK Club clarifies contracts situation in Indonesia

On 31st August 2015, the Indonesian Supreme Court released a decision that a contract not drafted in the Indonesian language is null and void. Although this decision was issued two years ago, the issues remain relevant for those entering into contracts such as LNG Terminals’ Conditions of Use, charterparties or contracts of carriage with Indonesian entities.

USCG publishes hurricane watch for ports in Hawaii

USCG urged all pleasure craft to seek sheltered waters. In addition, all ocean-going vessels and barges 200 gross tons and above, without an approved application to remain in port, should prepare to depart port before the setting of port condition ZULU, which means that high winds are expected within 12 hours.

Recommendations for navigating through the Baltic Sea entrances

The entrances to the Baltic Sea are considered dangerous areas to navigate because of a combination of tide and meteorological conditions. This along with unknown obstructions on the seabed and sand migration, could cause reduced depth of navigable water. In addition, the area can be susceptible to high levels of traffic density.

Hawaiian ports resume operations as Hurricane Hector degrades

The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened all commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. All vessel and cargo operations have resumed in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties. Hurricane Hector is expected to continue to move west and degrade as it continues in its current direction. 

Annual fishing ban lifted in South China Sea from 16 August

The current fishing ban in China, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, will be lifted in South China Sea from 16 August 2018, the UK Club said citing information by Huatai.  Following this, the waters of East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea will see the ban lifted in September.

NATO calls operators to report GPS, AIS interference in Mediterranean

NATO has requested ship operators to report any instances of GPS or AIS interference in the Mediterranean. NATO is concerned about cyber security in the area, after detecting several electronic interferences and also possible GPS jamming in recent months, mostly in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Brittania Club: Bomb found off Lianyungang port

Brittania P&I Club reports that there is an unexploded bomb near the sea area of Lianyungang port in China. The estimated position is 34°54′04.8″N / 120°14′00″E. The water depth around that area is 23~25m. For navigational safety, ships should avoid sailing in this sea area.


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