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IMO Sulphur 2020 – Fuel Oil Tank Entry

Captain John Taylor, Loss Prevention Manager at Steamship Mutual writes this risk alert concerning the fuel oil tank entry for the soon approaching IMO Sulphur cup 2020 due to the high risk associated with personnel carrying out unusual work activities as well as entering into confined spaces of fuel oil tanks.

USCG alerts on clear communication in TSMS

The USCG issued a safety alert providing information on the towing vessel community, highlighting the importance of maintaining clear communication with all the parties involved into their Towing Safety Management System (TSMS).

Complying with IMO navigation rules at Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Vessels navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are required to comply with the ‘Rules For Vessels Navigating Through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore’ adopted by the IMO MSC 69 in 1998, in accordance with the provision of Resolution A.858(20), the MPA Singapore reminded. 

Argentina finalises new regulation amid Asian Gypsy Moth

West P&I Club informs that the Argentinian National Service for Health and Agrifood Quality (SENASA) is officializing the approval and implementation of a resolution, to set control measures following the Asian Gypsy Moth. 

Gabon: Warning of fake officials attempting to board ships

The Britannia P&I Club informed of a recent fraud incident, where Local Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) boarded a ship in Gabon and presented a fine against the ship, but it was proven that they were not in fact PSC officers.

Iraq’s Port Umm Qas blocked again amid protests

Hundreds of protesters blocked entry to the Port Umm Qasr, Iraq’s main commodities port near Basra, preventing employees and tankers from entering and bringing operations down by 50%, on Monday.

Russia returns seized vessels to Ukraine

On Monday, November 18th, Russia handed back the three Ukrainian naval ships it captured last year. The handover took place in the Black Sea, off the coast of Crimea and was confirmed by the two countries’ foreign ministries.

EU imposes sanctions against Turkey

The EU Council decided, on November 11, to implement a framework for sanctions against natural and legal people who are involved in offshore drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean within Cypriot territorial waters.

Possible fuel contamination at Port of Fujairah

Skuld Club informed about an advice by Lloyd’s Register, warning about a number of fuel oil samples from deliveries in Fujairah which have been found to have an elevated Total Acid Number (TAN). The tested TAN values were all significantly over the average for the port

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