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USCG prohibits visits to marijuana dispensaries

The USCG Commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, launched a marine bulletin reminding all coast guard military personnel that the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana is a violation of federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The rule goes into effect immediately, and violations are punishable by up to two years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay and dishonorable discharge. 

Actions to be taken to prevent cargo shortages

The West of England Club announced that it kept on receiving frequent shortage claims involving bagged food cargoes, mostly rice and sugar, being discharged in West African ports. Food is attractive to pilferers as it can easily be removed from a vessel either for consumption, for gifting to others or for sale.

USCG alarms on transportation of hazardous material by ferries

The US Coast Guard cooperates with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure alignment regarding training for mariners working on ferry vessels that transport HAZMAT. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) found in 49 CFR Parts 171-180 govern ferry vessels that transport hazardous materials.

Ships need to be 'fit for purpose'

The Alert! project By The Nautical Institute is the winner of the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award for this year. Capt. Nikos Aslanis, Chairman of The Nautical Institute Hellenic Branch, Alert! talks about the successful project, which has changed for the better industry’s perception on the human element by addressing key issues and enhancing awareness.

New educational resource on human element launched

Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Nautical Institute have joined forces to produce a special limited edition bound set of all 40 issues of the Alert! human element bulletin, a global educational resource on the human element. From the beginning the project has “raised awareness” of maritime professionals across the industry to human element issues.

US MARAD issues warning for Sulu and Celebes Seas

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued warning concerning the US-flag vessels which transit the Sulu and Celebes Seas. In light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom in that area, ship operators are advised to remain vigilant and adhere to counter-piracy measures when transiting the area.

FAQs issued on Economic Sanctions related to Cuba

The US Department of Treasury has issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Economic Sanctions related to Cuba to provide information regarding the embargo, travel and carrier services, remittances, banking, trade, business and telecommunications.

Industry pays tribute to Alert!

Just over 12 years ago The Nautical Institute launched its international human element bulletin, Alert! The first issue came out in October 2003, as seafarers were getting to grips with new technology and automation. It was becoming clear that more attention needed to be paid to human-centred design and human factors engineering as well as seafarer training.

Managing risk – don’t leave it to chance

There are a growing number of codes, standards and guidelines that set out how to assess and manage risk. But what do these mean in practical terms – for seafarers on board, those in command and management ashore?

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