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Stowaway discovered onboard ship at Port Elizabeth

The National Sea Rescue Institute helped in the rescue of a suspected stowaway on Friday, June 8. The stowaway was injured onboard the ship MI Harmony that had docked into the Port of Port Elizabeth. The man was transported to a hospital for further treatment. His condition is currently stable.

Panama Canal Authority announces ‘Safe Boarding Week’ for 2018

As it considers proper boarding facilities an absolute necessity to ensure safety of personnel, the Panama Canal Authority announced it will hold its annual “Safe Boarding Week” from on 2-6 July 2018, in order to promote awareness and compliance with boarding requirements by vessels in Panama Canal waters.

Canada imposes seasonal speed restrictions in St. Lawrence to protect whales

Due to the changing migratory habits of the North Atlantic right whale and their increased presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada has put in place seasonal speed restrictions in a specified zone, from 28 April to 15 November 2018. These restrictions are a combination of static zone and dynamic speed reduction sectors.

Key safety tips for recreational boating

On the occasion of its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics release earlier this week, the USCG issued a summary of important safety measures that can be life-saving in recreational boating. Despite reporting a 6.1% decrease in boating fatalities from 2016, the report shows that 2017 had the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years.

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: Safety tips ahead Atlantic hurricane season

As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, the US Coast Guard issued safety tips for the public and mariners, urging them to be prepared for the unexpected. The season runs from 1 June to 30 November, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.

Watch: NOAA predictions on 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

In view of the upcoming 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, extending from June 1 to November 30, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued its annual outlook, predicting a 35% chance of an above-normal season, a 40% chance of a near-normal season, and a 25% chance of a below-normal season. 

Denmark upgrades search and rescue technology

The Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced a major upgrade of its search and rescue planning tool, BMT’s SARIS, which is designed to locate targets lost at sea, whether it be people or objects, thus saving lives and minimizing dangers.

Canada reviews maritime pilotage Act

The Canadian government announced that it concluded the Pilotage Act Review, aiming to enhance safety in marine transportation. The final report recommends strengthening five key components of the legislation: its purpose and principles, governance model, labour structure, safety framework, and tariff setting process.

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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