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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.

Water level on River Parana, Argentina is low

Brittania P&I Club informed that the water level of the River Parana in Argentina is low. Namely, the level averages around 8.3m. This situation is not expected to improve over the new few weeks. perators with drafts of around 8m or more should check the situation with local agents before arriving.

Australia increases inspections to prevent entrance of hitchhiking bugs

In order to keep the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of the country, Australia tightened their surveillance of vessels arriving from the US, Japan and some European countries between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019, Gard P&I Club informs. This is an agricultural pest that feeds on, and can damage fruit and vegetable crops.

Vietnam orders ships to return to port as tropical storm approaches

Vietnam ordered ships to return to port and prepared evacuation plans in northern provinces which are more likely to be affected by floods. This development comes as the tropical storm ‘Son Tinh’ is expected to reach the land later on Wednesday, July 18. The storm is expected to produce 350 mm of heavy rain

Fujairah Port now requires 96 hour online visa

Seafarers who want to embark or disembark at the Fujairah port in United Arab Emirates will now have to obtain a 96 hour online visa. However, nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Council Oman, Saudi, Kuwait and Bahrain, will not require such a visa. Until now, Fujairah Port was granting on-arrival visas for 48 countries

Operations in Haitian port of Laffiteau suspended due to civil unrest

The Republic of Haiti remains in a state of civil unrest, with violent manifestations developing across the nation, which have hindered operations in the port of Laffiteau, effective as of 10 July, the Swedish P&I Club informed citing data by E&M International Consulting.

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