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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.

EU extends economic sanctions against Russia for 6 months

The EU Council has prolonged economic sanctions targeting the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods of the Russian economy until 31 January 2019. The Council unanimously adopted this decision by written procedure, on 5 July 2018.

Suspension of all waste import in Thailand

Customs in Thailand recently found that waste imported into Thailand was not declared properly, usually as a recyclable type, when in reality it was bound for waste disposal. The Thai Police also found that a number of recipients of such waste, which were said to be recycling facilities, do not have such capability.

Conflict and piracy threat remain in East Africa and Indian Ocean

Regional conflict and piracy threats continue to pose potential risks to commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Indian Ocean, warned the US MARAD. US flagged commercial vessels are advised to avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports.

US revokes General License H after sanctions against Iran

On 8 May, US President Trump withdrew the US from participation in the JCPOA and to re-impose US sanctions against Iran. Now the US Office of Foreign Assets Control revoked the General License H which allowed US owned or controlled foreign entities to make certain business with Iran pursuant to the JCPOA.

US Alternative Planning Criteria on western Alaska

The US Coast Guard has extended the Network’s and the 1-Call’s non-tank vessels’ APCs until 2021. The Network’s tanker APC approval was extended through 31 December 2018. Operators should be aware that the US Coast Guard has not approved the renewal of Alaska Response Corp APC, which expired on June 30, 2018.

USCG calls for vigilance ahead of US Independence Day

As tomorrow, 4 of July, is the US’s Independence Day, the USCG calls mariners not to use emergency flares as celebration tools and provides safety reminders ahead of this day. Beachgoers have to look for signs indicating dangerous areas, kayakers and boarders should use personal locator beacons. Anyone operating a watercraft should not consume any alcohol or other intoxicating substance.

West Club warns of VRP compliance issues in the US

The Alternative Compliance Procedure schemes operated in Alaska by both Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network and 1-Call Alaska have been given approval by the USCG to continue their operations until 2021, although the Network’s tanker APC has only been extended until the end of this year.

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