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ReCAAP ISC warning: Unauthorized boardings on ships in Singapore Strait

During January-October 2019, three incidents of unauthorized boarding of ships in locations of close proximity to each other were reported in the western sector of Singapore Strait, ReCAAP ISC said in a new incident alert. All three incidents occurred to ships underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS).

Ebola virus precautions after fatal incident in Tanzania

USCG’s Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response published Marine Safety Information Bulletin informing the shipping industry about the Ebola virus in Tanzania and precaution measures, following the unexplained death of a person two days earlier from probable Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

Haiti ports remain unsafe for vessels

North P&I Club alerts of the situation in Haiti following the continuous riots and civil disorders that affect the ports’ operations and cause disruptions. The Club advises all shipowners to follow up the updates in order to know how to proceed with their operations.

USCG recalls personal flotation devices on label error

The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a marine safety alert concerning a label error on personal flotation devices. Due to a label error Marlin Australia PTY, Ltd., has recalled lot 14442C1 of personal flotation devices (PFD) approved by the U.S. Coast Guard under approval numbers 160.055/215/0 and 160.055/216/0.

USCG alerts on unwearable PFDs

The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published a Marine Safety Alert, informing of potentially dangerous circumstances involving Cal-June Jim Buoy Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), as following inspections to different vessels, the USCG found a significant number of Type I PFDs that were not wearable if needed during an emergency. 

GPS interference in Eastern,Central Med. Sea and Suez Canal

The US Maritime Administration alerted of GPS interference that has been reported from vessels operating in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Sea, and Suez Canal resulting to lost GPS signals that seriously affect the vessel’s navigation and operations.

USCG to fine high-risk passengers up to $34,000

The USCG issued an alert concerning passengers’ high-risk behaviours onboard a vessel that sometimes lead to severe injuries or fatalities; The Coast Guard highlights that potential offenders could be fined up to $34,000. These actions are dangerous not only for the passengers, but for the vessel, crew and the other passengers onboard. 

New Zealand alerts on the beginning of stink bug season

Skuld alerts that the risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) begins 1 September 2019 until 30 April 2020; In this timeframe, vessels sailing to Australia and New Zealand have to ensure that their crew is informed and familiar with the BMSB seasonal management measures.

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