North China is experiencing record low temperatures this season, and specially low temperatures in the past 2 weeks, posing a threat to safe navigation due to icy sea condition in the area. The key ports affected are those in the Liaodong Bay area, from Dalian to Huludao, Panjin, Bayuquan, Jinzhou and Dandong.
SOLAS Regulation II-2/10 regarding fire fighters’ communication was amended by IMO Resolution MSC 338(91). This resolution added paragraph 10.4, to clarify that “a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board.”
INTERCARGO issued a reminder on the wet season in Indonesia, which runs from October to April.
Those trading in the area are advised to be especially cautious when accepting cargoes from Indonesia and the surrounding region during the wet season and especially at times of heavy rainfall.
In a response to ongoing outbreaks of yellow fever in Nigeria and Brazil, China has strengthened its quarantine inspection requirements to prevent the virus being carried to China by seagoing vessels. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease with the potential to cause severe health implications.
The consultation on AMSA’s proposal to mandate the use of float-free, auto-activating EPIRBs for certain classes of commercial vessels ends this Friday on 2nd of Feb. The organization encourages commercial vessel operators to consider the proposed changes and provide feedback within this week.
Gard released an update, regarding the port situation in Yemen as it stands on 22 January 2018, informing on what ports are open and which are closed. The capacity of the open ports may, however, be limited, and there may be a lack of fuel supplies and other basic services.
The Gard P&I Club issued an alert drawing attention on Asian Gypsy Moth, the destructive forest pest spread via ocean-going vessels in international trade, highlighting that Australia has heightened vessel surveillance for AGM and in New Zealand is introducing new AGM requirements from 1 February 2018.
The USCG informed that the US Air Force released a memorandum to inform the GPS community of an update to the GPS ground control software that may impact some user equipment. The software update will be installed again, until March 1, 2018, in order to give time for manufacturers to bring GPS receivers into compliance with the Interface Specification.
Skuld Club informed it continues to experience incidents where crew members are exposed to the dangers of parting lines during mooring operations and during surveys, and vessels are seen to have snap-back zones marked within the mooring areas of the vessels, in contradiction of accepted industry best practice.
US MARAD issued an alert highlighting the need for vigilance in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Gulf of Oman. US flagged commercial vessels are advised to navigate at least 200nm off the Somali coast to the extent practicable and follow the BMP4 guidance.
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