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Australia: Iron ore ports back to normal after two cyclones

Australian mining operations have suffered some disruption after two cyclones hit the country over the weekend, mining giants Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals informed. Meanwhile, key iron ore ports remained closed, but Pilbara Ports Authority said it has re-opened the Ports of Hedland and Ashburton on 26 March.

Takoradi, Ghana imposes fines for sewage pollution

West of England P&I Club informs about fines that the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) has imposed in light of alleged pollution from waste waters discharge. The fines are based on IMO’s sewage treatment systems under MARPOL Annex IV Regulation 11.1.2, where the treatment systems are required to discharge effluent with no visible floating solids and not cause discoloration of the surrounding water.

Information on port Beira, Mozambique after the cyclone

The Swedish Club informed that the port of Beira has sustained only limited damages, but the roads are still not accessible due to the flooding. Specifically, on March 14, the Central region of Mozambique and most particularly the city of Beira were heavily affected by Cyclone IDAI. There has been extensive wind and water damage to the city and surrounding area with loss of lives, property and no electricity and water available.

Ukraine: EU responds to escalation at Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

In response to escalation of tensions in the Kerch Strait, the European Council added eight Russian officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

FOBAS informs of low flash point residual fuels at Singapore

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) released an alert on 14 March, in which it warned all shipowners and operators regarding low flash point residual fuels at Singapore. The tested flash points were below the 60°C SOLAS minimum limit, with the results varying between 55 and 58 °C.

Panama Canal decreases maximum draft for new locks

Based on the present and projected levels of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that, effective 10 April 2019, the Maximum Authorized Draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.72 meters (45.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

USCG: Deficiencies related to missing fireman’s outfits increased in San Francisco

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued an alert informing that deficiencies related to firefighting safety and appliances continue to be the leading cause of detentions in the San Francisco area. During the fourth quarter of 2018, there was also an increase in deficiencies that related to missing or unserviceable fireman’s outfits.

USCG: Guidance on Certificate of Documentation delays

The US Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) informed it is experiencing delays in the time necessary to issue a Certificate of Documentation. To assist mariners, the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued guidance on Certificate of Documentation.

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