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Speed limit and heavy weather restrictions for vessels in Xiamen

Xiamen has introduced the ‘Marine Traffic Safety Regulation’, which has come into force on 1 March 2018, and imposes that the maritime administration department shall take traffic control measures at specific sea areas during specific period in the event of heavy weather, the UK Club informed citing Huatai correspondents.

Grenada urges for caution over Kick ’em Jenny volcano activity

Due to increased activities of the Kick em’ Jenny Volcano, the alert level has been raised from Yellow to Orange, advised Grenada’s NaDMA through the technical support provided by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center. With this increase in the alert level, ships are asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1miles.

USCG calls operators to be careful as storm is expected in mid-Atlantic

The US Coast Guard advises operators in the mid-Atlantic region to be very careful, as a storm system is expected in the region, with winds of over 30 miles-per-hour and seas up to or surpassing 10 feet. Operators are also advised to stay up to date on the weather as conditions can change suddenly and with little warning.

Deck water spray failure among top deficiencies on LNG carriers

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin concerning the continuing problem of inadequate deck water spray systems on LNG carriers, noting that inadequate coverage of the required areas by the deck water spray system is one of top three deficiencies identified during Certificate of Compliance exams on these ships.

Caution required over explosive devices found on Cozumel ferries

The US embassy in Mexico City issued a safety alert, prohibiting all US Government employees from using all tourist ferries on the route Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, until further notice, due to two subsequent incidents involving explosive devices onboard, on 21 February and on 1 March.

Overview of Sanctions related to maritime industry

Insurers, flag registries, shipping companies, financial institutions, and others involved in shipping-related transactions may be subject to one or more sanctions prohibitions related to North Korea. The information herebelow is based on a recent advisory on N. Korea Sanctions, issued by the US Department of Treasure.

US warns about North Korean tactics to avoid sanctions

US provides examples of the types of tactics used by North Korea to obfuscate the identity of the vessels, the goods being shipped, and the origin or destination of cargo and also suggests measures to mitigate the risk of engaging in prohibited activity or processing prohibited transactions.

Kidde recalls fire extinguishing system

Kidde Fire Protection issued the Product Management Bulletin 171b in which it calls for the hardware replacement of cylinders used in its HFC227 and NOVEC 1230 fire extinguishing systems. All ECS 2-inch Cylinder-Valve assemblies complete with Clean Agent that were shipped for marine applications during the period 16 January 2015 until 31 December 2016 are to be replaced.

Ship transits in Greek Corinth canal halted after rockfall

Greece closed the Corinth canal on Monday, temporarily blocking the transit route for ships, due to a rockfall that followed heavy rain. The 6.4-km canal serves about 11,000 vessels a year, mainly commercial ships and pleasure yachts, offering a short transit from southern Italy to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

US strengthens sanctions on North Korean shipping

The US announced the largest set of sanctions ever imposed in connection with North Korea, targeting shipping companies, vessels, and individuals across the world accused of illicit trading with the country. Specifically, the US is sanctioning 27 entities, 28 vessels, and one individual, all involved in sanctions evasions schemes. 

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