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Caution required amid global measles outbreak

The US Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, noting that measles remains a common disease in these regions. CDC warned that anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

Dangerous goods restrictions in Russia during FIFA World Cup

Gard informed that security restrictions will be in place in certain Russian ports in the period leading up to and during the FIFA 2018 World Cup. As the Harbour Master of the Port of St. Petersburg stated, the security restrictions in the port regard the suspension in the carrying and handling of dangerous cargoes, including bunkering operations.

The importance of internal reporting systems

USCG issued an alert reminding operators of all commercial vessels of the importance of developing and maintaining organizational-wide internal reporting systems. The purpose of such a reporting system is to allow vessel employees to anonymously report issues related to vessel material safety, operational safety and environmental compliance.

Works that require permission in Turkish ports

The Britannia P&I Club informed that there are regulations in place in Turkish ports which do not allow various activities to take place without the permission of the relevant harbour master. The work that requires permission are: Ship repairs, including painting and hot work; Lowering and/or launching lifeboats; Transhipment; Underwater activity such as diving, cable laying/removing and deploying buoys.

UN Security Council 1718 sanctions list adds 22 entries

In late March, the UN Security Council Committee updated its 1718 Sanctions List, adding 22 entries, comprising 21 entities and one individual. UNSC Resolution 1718, adopted in October 2006, imposes a series of economic and commercial sanctions on North Korea, on the aftermath of the country’s nuclear test.

FOBAS warns about high sediment fuels in two Greek ports

After FOBAS tested a number of samples from the ports of Piraeus and Volos, it found out that the Total Sediment Potential was above the specified ISO 8217 limit of 0.10% mass. The TSP results of these fuel samples range from 0.17 – 0.24% mass, while other fuel parameters presented satisfactory results.

USCG: GPS interference in eastern Mediterranean Sea

Multiple cases of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea since 18 March 2018. These reports have been concentrated in the vicinity of Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal, and south of the Republic of Cyprus, the USCG informed.

USCG restores radio communications on North Carolina coast

USCG reported a loss of radio communication capability on Thursday, 3 of May; it could not monitor radio traffic offshore and called mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North coast. USCG has developed a radio coverage plan in the event repairs could not be fixed for an extended period.

Loss of offshore radio communications on North Carolina coast

The US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability on Thursday, 3 of May. The Coast Guard could not monitor radio traffic offshore and called mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone. USCG reminds mariners to check all safety equipment


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