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Unpredictable weather brings new loss scenarios for shipping

In its latest Shipping and Safety Review, Allianz discussed how the changing weather patterns observed in the last years are disrupting supply chain, resulting in physical damage shipping incidents. The report cited recent examples, such as record low water levels on the Rhine and Elbe rivers and high water in Mississippi.

How ship inspections work and their possible consequences

Ship inspections are crucial for ensuring compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, and therefore, decent living and working conditions for seafarers. Rear Admiral Luigi Giardino of the Italian Coast Guard explains how such inspections are carried out and what their consequences might be.

Draft guidelines of heat transfer analysis of liquefied gas carriers

The Korean Register issued the Guidance of Heat Transfer Analysis for Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk/Ships Using Liquefied Gases as Fuels, highlighting that the cargo tank of the vessels transmitting liquefied gases in bulk or the fuel tank of ships using liquefied gases as fuels is likely to make the hull structure cold due to the low temperature of the liquefied gas. 

USCG: Guidance on fixed fire pumps for towing vessels

The USCG issued guidance on the use of fixed fire pumps in lieu of portable fire pumps on Subchapter C and Subchapter M towing vessels, 65 feet or less. The guidance comes with the Policy Letter 01-19: ‘Equivalency Determination – Fire Pumps for Subchapter C and Subchapter M Towing Vessels’.

USCG: Unlicensed charters fines can reach $94,219 for each day

In a new official statement, the US Coast Guard reiterated that hiring an unlicensed charter is illegal and dangerous, because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams to ensure safety.

NOAA: What is a bight?

A bight is a long, gradual bend or recess in the shoreline that forms a large, open bay. Bights are shallow and may pose hazards to navigation, so their depths, in addition to any submerged features like sand bars and rock formations, are clearly marked on nautical charts.

Changes in ‘Dockers Clause’ to come into force in 6 months

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) along with the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) of maritime employers call companies to be fully-compliant with the future changes of ‘Dockers Clause’, on the terms and conditions which will affect ships’ cargo handling operations in ports.

Interferry: Key lessons from Philippines safety project

Global trade association Interferry published key lessons from the FERRYSAFE project, initiated earlier in 2019 to study safety advances in the Philippines. The project team has completed the second of two visits to the country and is now developing best practice guidance to assist the IMO and other nations.

Operations conducted at Vopak terminal, seafarers alert

MPA Singapore issued a marine circular concerning works taking place at Vopak Terminal. The circular is applicable to all mariners operating in the vicinity of Jong Fairway and will take effect from June 10 to September 16, 2019.

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