P&I Clubs informed that, from time to time, operators have been offered contractual terms with counterparties that require the shipowner to provide a continuing warranty of seaworthiness for the entire duration of the voyage. The Clubs suggests operators to be careful before entering into such contract terms.
The US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that it has discovered Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg masses on three vessels arriving from Japan during July and August 2018. The two of them were vehicle transport ships entering into Baltimore and the other one was inspected at Houston.
The UK P&I Club informed it has recently encountered two separate incidents in Algeria, where crew members taking cash to the Master of the ship have had the cash confiscated by the Algerian Customs, as well as a fine imposed for twice the amount of the cash value.
The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center announced that, in accordance with Federal Regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Florence or subsequent flooding.
Standard Club’s Loss Prevention department reminds operators about the ongoing problems regarding false ecological inspections in Ukrainian Ports. As the Club reports, it has been informed that they have seen an increase in the quantity of such incidents. These incidents are affecting foreign vessels,
The American Club informed of recent reports that have drawn attention to increased delays being experienced by vessels awaiting discharge at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Vessels waiting berth have remained at anchorage for periods ranging from weeks to months.
North Carolina Ports’ terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City resumed full commercial truck operations on Monday, following Hurricane Florence which forced the terminals to close on Thursday, 13 September. Both ports reopened to employees and vessel operations late last week.
USCG and other state agencies have partnered under the Emergency Support Function #10, to assist North Carolina in the assessment and removal of vessels damaged by Hurricane Florence from local waterways. The partner agencies have specific guidance for owners who wish to remove these boats.
After the passage of the Hurricane Florence that hit North and South Carolina on Friday, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port of North Carolina has now fully reopened the Port of Morehead City to all vessel traffic without any restrictions, as of Wednesday.
In recognition of the critical, ongoing and dependent relationship between eligible assistance dogs and their handlers, Australia has established a process to allow eligible assistance dogs to travel with their handlers on cruise vessels between Australian ports where the vessel is under biosecurity control.
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