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Ensuring compliance with ISPM 15

The Standard Club informed that it has come across several cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the US were denied entry in the port, due to non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM 15. The financial losses because of such non-compliance and refusal of entry were important.

Panama Canal Authority increases maximum draft for Neopanamax vessels

The Panama Canal Authority announced on July 25 the increase to the maximum authorised draft for Neopanamax vessels sailing through the Panama Canal, due to recent rainfall that impacted the area. The maximum authorized draft allowed for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.72 m (45.0 feet) TFW.

Panama: List of electronic certificates

Panama has welcomed the use of guidelines for the use of electronic certificates adopted by the IMO Facilitation Committee, and issued a List of Certificates, as well as a list of Recognized Organizations authorized on the issuance of Electronic Certificates.

Two crew members die after enclosed space entry on RMI-flagged ship

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed of another two recent enclosed space entry deaths onboard an RMI-registered bulk carrier. This comes in addition to four associated deaths of seafarers on two RMI-flagged ships in 2018. 

Fire safety and security watches should be continuously maintained

USCG’s Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Marine Safety Alert 07-19 to remind ship owners and operators of closely monitoring aboard the vessels, while in lay-up status. The alert follows a Great Lakes bulker that was laid up for the winter and experienced a fire that resulted to major cosmetic, machinery, and structural damage.

Rhine at risk of shutting down once again

Boat traffic on Europe’s Rhine river came to a halt for the first time ever last year, because of the fact that shrinking alpine glaciers and drought made the key transport artery impossible to sail through. These conditions could take place once again in a few weeks.

Ebola outbreak declared in Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General accepted the Emergency Committee’s proposal and on the 17 July 2019, declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of international concern.

FOBAS: Update on contaminated fuel from St. Petersburg

Following a late June alert regarding contaminated bunkers that were supplied in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) issued an update on 12 July, confirming presence of Carbon Tetrachloride in the contaminated fuels. 


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