The US Coast Guard announced that it is enforcing a Lava Entry Safety Zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entries into the Pacific Ocean, on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i, in the vicinity of the Mackenzie State Park Lower Puna region.
Australian and New Zealand scientific research organisations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of their research ships. The group entitled `Research Vessels Of New Zealand and Australia’ has been led by New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
US Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the USCG conducts search and rescue operations with MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The new basket design, enables USCG to save precious time during mass rescue situations.
The Nigbo Maritime Safety Administration, China, issued guidance for fishing vessels to navigate safely in the coastal waters of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port. It is noted that there are about 5000 fishing boats along the coast of Ningbo every day, and heavy fog is frequent in the area.
Under its $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the largest investment ever made to protect coasts and waterways and to create a world-leading marine safety system, the Government of Canada announced four new measures aiming at safer maritime navigation and emergency response.
The US port of San Diego has formally agreed to coordinate with the US Navy to prepare for potential impacts of sea level rise. At its meeting on 8 May, the Board of Commissioners authorized a Memorandum of Agreement with Commander Navy Region Southwest, the first of its kind between the US navy and a West Coast port.
AMSA released an update on the outcome of the consultation for appropriate crewing for operations under Marine Order 504. AMSA consulted on two options for changing crewing requirements to focus on empowering the operator to determine the appropriate crew for their vessel. AMSA informed that it will implement Option 1.
MSC 99 will examine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships may be introduced in IMO instruments. Previous Committee had recognized that IMO should take a proactive and leading role on this issue, given the rapid developments.
The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.
The Panama Canal Authority announced the increase of the maximum allowable beam for commercial and non-commercial vessels passing through the Neopanamax Locks. Starting from 27 April 2018, the maximum authorized draft is 14.63m (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water, based on levels of Gatun Lake.
Regulatory update on autonomous shipping22/05/2018
USCG enforces safety zone ahead Kilauea lava flow22/05/2018
IMO MSC 99 approves second GMDSS service22/05/2018
Australia-NZ research ship collaboration eyes safer operations22/05/2018
Japan, ReCAAP ISC launch program to tackle piracy in Asia21/05/2018
New US bill addresses sexual harassment in transportation21/05/2018
Caution required amid global measles outbreak21/05/2018
Rescue boat unintentionally released into sea, damages ship21/05/2018
First certificate of inspection for towing vessel in US West Coast21/05/2018
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