The Chinese Ministry launched a maritime rescue center in Yongshu reef of the Nansha Islands on January 29, aiming to enhance the protection of navigation and transport safety in the South China Sea. The rescue centre offers a better support concerning maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea.
The Danish Maritime authority is responsible on making sure that safety is part of the innovative efforts taking place in the Blue Denmark, as electric ferries are developing in an unprecedented rate. Consequently, DMA is cooperating with the industry and other authorities and classification societies to highlight the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping sector, mostly focusing on safety.
Due to the lack of enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, the US Coast Guard is required to execute an orderly suspension of some operations and activities. USCG will continue operations authorized by law that provide for national security, or that protect life and property. However, some administrative functions will be limited. The following guidance aims to help vessel owners, operators, and other affected parties during the lapse in appropriations.
The Russian Federation has agreed to IMO treaty dealing with compulsory insurance that protects and covers passengers on vessels. Yury Melenas, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to deposit the instrument of accession, on January 16.
Port of Vancouver published its ‘Port Information Guide’ focusing on practises and procedures applicable to all vessels operating within defined vessel operating areas in the port authority’s jurisdiction to support the safe and efficient movement of trade. The port authority makes amendments, in accordance with Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act.
Hong Kong’s Marine Department held the Navigational Safety Seminar 2019 on January 16, to enhance the awareness of navigational safety among members of the industry. The Deputy Director of Marine, Mr Wong Sai-fat, reminded coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels that they have the responsibility to uphold safety at sea and fully comply with the marine legislation.
From 14 January 2019 OCIMF extended access to the TMSA reports to include non-OCIMF members who are registered as SIRE recipients. This move aims to ensure that more information is available to more users, and it will help to improve safety and marine assurance in the industry.
Although the industry has repeatedly rung the bell on the dangers of enclosed space entry onboard, this continues to arise as the hidden enemy for crews. In this regard, the Shipowners Club produced a sample risk assessment addressing the various hazards associated with enclosed space entry operations.
Container ship giant Maersk announced it has recently implemented a Physical Container Inspection Pilot within North America, as part of its efforts to improve safety and reliability in the containerized maritime supply chain.
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