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US MARAD: Updated guidance for ships in Strait of Hormuz

An escalating tension in the Persian Gulf over the last months continues to pose serious threats to commercial vessels. Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions, the US MARAD warned. 

US increases sanctions against Venezuela

On 5th August, President Trump issued Executive Order 13884, reinforcing sanctions against Venezuela. The order targets the government of Venezuela and blocks all its assets and property in the US, while prohibiting the Venezuelan government to use the US financial system.

USCG: Use of wrong materials contributed to deadly boat fire

After investigating a deadly fire aboard a casino vessel, the US Coast Guard’s Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued Marine Safety Alert 08-19 to ensure owners and operators understand federal fuel system requirements, as well as that inspection personnel maintains an acute awareness to these issues.

Gard alerts on lack of oxygen dangers during an enclosed space rescue drill

Enclosed space rescue drills often lead to injuries and fatal incidents, either it’s because of lack of safety measures or lack of oxygen. Gard supports that preparedness comes with regular training and practice during the drills and recommends that time based goals should be set during enclosed space entry drills so that the crew understands the associated risks.

USCG prohibits visits to marijuana dispensaries

The USCG Commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, launched a marine bulletin reminding all coast guard military personnel that the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana is a violation of federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The rule goes into effect immediately, and violations are punishable by up to two years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay and dishonorable discharge. 

USCG updates Marine Casualty Reporting Forms

USCG updated its reporting forms for providing a written report of a marine casualty. Owners, operators, managers, and masters for US flag vessels, and for foreign vessels which make port calls should ensure that they have available the latest forms from the USCG.

Persian Gulf tension rises War Insurance cover

As a result of the increased tension in the Persian Gulf, the War Insurance market has reacted with increased rates for War Insurance cover for transits and port calls in these waters. In this regard, with effect from 29 July 2019, the rate for any call to the Persian Gulf area has been increased from 0,25% to 0,5%. 

Norway updates security guidance for Strait of Hormuz

Following the recent tension in the Strait of Hormuz, the Norwegian Maritime Authority updated its instructions for Norwegian-flagged vessels sailing through the strait. The NMA alerts that they will keep monitoring the situation and any changes will be rapidly updated.

RMI investigates fatality caused by failure of maintenance platform

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that it is currently conducting a marine safety investigation of a fatality that occurred when the extension of the lower maintenance platform for one of the ship’s provision cranes detached and fell 8-9 meters. 

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