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USCG: Findings of Concern on high speed craft operations

The US Coast Guard released Findings of Concern on ‘High Speed Craft Operations Manuals,’ regarding an incident where a high speed catamaran passenger ferry allided with a rock jetty at over 30 knots, injuring 15 passengers.

IMDA: Update on revalidation of GMDSS certificates

The Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) has issued a circular updating the requirements for the revalidation of GMDSS General Operator Certificate (GOC) and Restricted Operator Certificates (ROC). 

USCG eases radar observer renewals for experienced mariners

The US Coast Guard a final rule and policy letter, announcing revisions to its merchant mariner credentialing regulations on radar observer requirements. This aims to reduce unnecessary burden on mariners required to hold a radar observer endorsement.  

Crew sustain serious burn injuries on passenger vessel

The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a new Safety Alert to inform of an incident involving serious crew injuries onboard a passenger vessel. In this regard, BMA seeks to bring attention to crew members undertaking maintenance of any system under pressure.

RMI will not provide services to vessels linked to PdVSA

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) issued an advisory informing that the US has designated Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) as a Specially Designated National and Blocked Person (SDN) and therefore RMI will be unable to provide services to vessels linked to PdVSA.

TNPA stops South African transport workers’ strike action

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced it has managed to stop the strike action planned by South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, Tuesday. This was realised through a court interdict obtained by Transnet on 29 May.

MPA Singapore informs on expansion in Temasek Fairway dredging ops

MPA Singapore issued a marine notice concerning dredging operations in Temasek Fairway; The notice is a revision as the working period has been extended, whereas the list of craft and working areas have been revised. Specifically, the dredging operations will take place from May 31 to November 30 2019.

Canada issues measures to protect killer whales

On 10 May 2019, the Government of Canada issued an Interim Order announcing a suite of new measures to be implemented this summer to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel disturbance.

Canada lifts navigation restrictions related to flooding

Canada announced the lifting of navigation restrictions in certain zones previously identified in Interim Order no.3 Respecting Flooded Areas, due to improved navigational safety conditions and following consultations with local authorities and law enforcement.

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