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Port of Rotterdam: Botlek bridge is temporarily closed to all traffic

In connection with work on the technical installations of the new Botlek bridge, several road sections at the Botlek bridge, which is the hazardous substances route, have to be temporarily closed for all traffic. The port highlighted that the closure may extend longer or stop shorter than necessary. Also, in case of bad weather conditions, the work will be postponed.

USCG asks public help to prevent unnecessary emergency responses

The US Coast Guard requested the public’s help in preventing unnecessary emergency responses by US Coast Guard crews and local responders in the northern Washington area, specifically in the greater Puget Sound area. The majority of vessels that are unmanned and adrift with the majority of them being non-distress situations.

Swedish Club: Risks of breaching sanctions against N. Korea

Since 2017, the UN Security Council advanced the surveillance of any maritime activity that is suspicious of sanctions evasion and there are now even more restrictive measures on DPRK and related activities. There is increased surveillance of shipping in the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and Sea of Japan.

St. Lawrence Seaway tolls to increase by 1.0% in 2019

According to the St. Lawrence Management Corporation’s Business Plan, the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls was modified in 2019. The SLSMC announced a toll rate increase of 1.0% for the 2019 navigation season.  In addition, the New Business, Volume, Gateway and Service incentives will continue to remain in effect.

Panama Canal reduces maximum draft for Neopanamax Locks

As of 11 February 2019, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will restrict the maximum draft for ships transiting the Neopanamax locks to 14.94 meters (49 feet), due to particularly little amount of rain which caused record-low water levels. 

Russian sanctions: US plans to remove Rusal from SDN list

US OFAC has notified Congress of their intention to remove Rusal and associated companies from the US SDN list by 18 January 2019, following significant changes made to the company’s structure. OFAC decision means that ships will be able to trade freely with Rusal. However, the current partial shutdown of the US Government may be impacting implementation of the changes.

Anchoring in Western Singapore port limits prohibited

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore reminds ship masters, owners and agents of vessels operating in Singapore port waters that anchoring in all areas outside the designated anchorages is prohibited. Offenders may, upon conviction, be liable for fines of up to $20,000 and $2,000.

Suez Canal extends toll discounts for crude oil tankers

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has decided to extend discounts regarding oil tankers to another year due to the recent developments of the shipping industry and the global economy. This periodical shall be applicable to crude oil tankers sailing from “origin ports” from the 1st of January 2019 till the 31st of December 2019.

USCG: Guidance on electronic visual distress signal devices

The US Coast Guard provided guidance for acceptance of electronic visual distress signal devices (eVDSDs) that are evaluated as meeting the design and performance requirements of the recently published Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services Standard 13200.0 for Electronic Visual Distress Signal Devices.

Singapore: Amendment to reporting procedures for ships manoeuvring

With effect from 6 December 2018, Singapore’s port limits have been revised. The MPA Singapore issued a new circular informing that, from 19 December 2018, vessels shall comply with the amended reporting procedures for vessels manoeuvring in port. Also, all power driven vessels will be required to be fitted with a working transponder as a port entry requirement.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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