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USCG terminates voyage of overloaded passenger vessel

The US Coast Guard announced that it terminated the voyage of a vessel violating small passenger laws and regulations in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, on Saturday. This constitutes the eighth illegal passenger vessel voyage termination on Lake of the Ozark since 4 June 2018.

USCG ends yacht voyage due to unsafe operation

US Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to and dewatered a vessel that was taking on water off Alki Beach, on Sunday August 26. The 48-foot yacht was later terminated because of unsafe operating conditions after the USCG found multiple violations in a post search and rescue boarding.

Vessel detained for conducting illegal salvage of sunken ship

A UK Court convicted the Dutch company Friendship Offshore BV of conducting an unlicensed salvaging operation on a sunken merchant vessel named ‘SS Harrovian’ in 2016. The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court on the 26 July 2018, in a prosecution brought by the UK Marine Management Organization.

Fishing vessel owner ordered to pay £8,159 for fisheries offences

After a prosecution brought by the UK Marine Management Organization, Brighton Magistrates Court ordered the Master and vessel owner of the fishing vessel ‘Jennah D’ to pay £8,159 for fisheries offences on 11 July 2018. The court heard that on two occasions the ‘Jennah D’ surpassed the 1% by-catch limit for bass.

USCG ends voyages of two passenger vessels

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyages of two charter vessels on Lake of the Ozarks, one on August 17 and the other on August 18, as the vessels had surpassed the legal limit of 12 passengers. During summer the risk in Lake of the Ozarks is high due to congestion. Both cases are currently under investigation.

Australia cancels live export licence of sheep exporter

After a thorough investigation and show cause process, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the livestock export licence of Emanuel Exports. This comes after 2,400 sheep died from heat stress onboard the livestock carrier ‘Awassi Express’ in August 2017.

US sanctions Russian companies, vessels for trading with N. Korea

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two Russian shipping companies and six vessels that were involved in ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels, something that is prohibited by the UN Security Council.

Crew and Master of hit-and-run tanker detained

Indian authorities detained two crewmembers and the Master of the VLCC ‘Desh Shakti’, after concluding that this ship was likely responsible for the hit-and-run collision with a fishing boat off Kerala earlier this month. The vessel reportedly made a brief halt but continued its journey ‘without bothering to undertake any rescue operations.’

Shell fined £60,000 over Brent Delta worker injury

Oil major Shell has been fined £60,000 after a serious injury of a technician by a gas cylinder on one of the company’s North Sea platforms. The incident took place in November 2014 on the Brent Delta installation, when a gas cylinder unexpectedly discharged, causing projectiles to strike a worker.

Oregon shipbuilder cited over ‘serious and willful’ safety violations

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the US-based shipbuilding company Vigor Marine Inc. over 16 ‘willful and serious violations’ following an inspection at its facility in Portland, Oregon. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $370,358.

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