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USCG: Unlicensed charters fines can reach $94,219 for each day

In a new official statement, the US Coast Guard reiterated that hiring an unlicensed charter is illegal and dangerous, because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams to ensure safety.

South Africa: Warnings over illegal fishing

While South African authorities used ‘to turn a blind eye to fishing’, the Department of Fisheries and Forestry has now appointed inspectors who attend on vessels to check whether there is any illegal fish onboard, the West Club informed citing information by the South Africa P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd.

Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million under probation deal

A federal judge in Miami ordered Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million in fines regarding its cruise ship pollution, under a plea deal after the world’s largest cruise operator violated the terms of its probation from a 2016 criminal conviction. Before this decision, a US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation.

USCG halts illegal charter after advertising on social media

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 42-foot pleasure craft with eight people aboard Sunday in Boca Ciega Bay. USCG officers initially discovered the vessel advertising on social media and determined the vessel was not operating in accordance with regulations.

Court acquits tanker operator of MARPOL violations

Captain Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, captain of the oil tanker RIDGEBURY ALEXANDRA Z was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker. After 19 months of detention, Louisiana Jury acquitted the Master of all charges, who is now able to return to Russia, following his complete acquittal by a jury on May 23, 2019.

China rejects US warning to avoid vessel carrying Iranian oil

China dismissed a warning issued by the US Department of State not to provide services to the tanker ‘Pacific Bravo’ carrying Iranian crude oil, noting that energy deals between the international community and the Middle East nation should be respected.

USCG stops illegal charter operation at Florida

The US Coast Guard announced that it terminated the voyage of the 47-foot pleasure craft, Good Energy, with 10 passengers aboard on May 26, near Haulover Park, as it discovered multiple safety violations. Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of more than $58,000 for illegal passenger-for-hire operations.

MPA Singapore revokes Southernpec’s bunker supplier licence

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informed that it has revoked the bunker supplier licence of Southernpec Pte Ltd (Southernpec), with effect from 29 May 2019. Southernpec will now stop operating as a bunker supplier in the Port of Singapore. During a recent enforcement check, MPA had found that Southernpec did not ensure that its employees comply with the terms and conditions of their licence.


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