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GPS interference in Red Sea and Med. Sea

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued the US Maritime Advisory No. 2019-005 regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) interference in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. Therefore, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator urges all RMI-flagged vessels transiting the designated areas listed in the below Advisory to exercise caution.

USCG takes action to mitigate impact of lapse in appropriations

Because of a continued backlog of credential applications and increased net processing time of both mariner credential applications and medical certificate applications caused by the lapse in appropriations and shutdown of National Maritime Center operations, the USCG had to adopt updated actions.

Intertanko raises concern on uncharted terminals in China

As the Britannia P&I Club informs, Intertanko has recently received a number of reports from its members regarding uncharted terminals in Chinese ports after a request for feedback. The association has called the Chinese authorities to mitigate the issue. Hydrographic inaccuracies and the non-marking of existing terminals on charts raise serious navigational risks.

MPA Singapore: Dredging works off Sultan Shoal Lighthouse from 6 May

MPA Singapore issued a shipping notice to mariners operating in the vicinity of Sultan Shoal Lighthouse, informing that dredging works will be carried out in the region, with effect from 6 May to 6 November 2019. Dredging works will be carried out by grab dredgers, supported by hopper barges and pusher tugs.

New high risk area limits in Red Sea and Arabian Sea

Steamship Club issued an alert to remind its members that are trading in the southern Red Sea and Arabian Sea that the geographical limits of the High Risk Area have been changed from 1 May 2019. BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the OCIMF highlight that the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean means that a reduction in the area’s geographic boundaries is appropriate. 

Major flooding is expected in Mississippi river during May-June

The Swedish Club issued an alert on the unprecedented increase that the Upper Mississippi river is expected to experience. Specifically, the rises of 6 to 7 feet are expected on the Upper Mississippi above the junction with the Ohio River, according to forecast of May 1, from Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, LMRFC.

USCG defines updated BWM extensions

The Standard Club issued an alert focusing on the USCG that reconsidered its interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with regard to extensions given under its ballast water management requirements in 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D and is providing additional guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of an extension period.

India takes protective measures as severe cyclone is expected to hit

India has evacuated more than 300,000 people along its northeast coastline by boat, bus and train, as a severe cyclone will make landfall on May 3. In fact, many villagers are piling household possessions on to trucks prior to leaving their homes. Authorities have shut operations at two major ports, Paradip and Visakhapatnam, while ships have been ordered to move out to avoid damage.

Canada imposes further navigation restrictions and flooding measures

Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, issued a new Interim Order expanding areas in which navigation is not allowed in certain areas of flooding in order to protect the safety of people and vessels, and help first responders do their jobs in flooding conditions. The public is also called to stay off all flooded waterways in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick to ensure navigational safety, and prevent damage to infrastructure and the environment.

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