The 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum gathered experts from the maritime industry, who provided their knowledge and expertise on critical matters that the industry is currently focusing on. One of the key discussions was about the approaching 2020 sulphur cap and the challenges around it.
The Comoros-flagged general cargo vessel ‘Abdul G’ was banned from the Paris MoU region for failing to call at the repair yard in Turkey as agreed, following its detention and release earlier in June. The ship was detained in the Greek port of Thessaloniki on 30 April 2019 and was released on 12 June.
The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance launched a Marine Safety Information Bulletin, the ‘New Procedure for Shipping Industry to Notify the US Government of Non Availability of Compliant Fuel Oil.’
With exactly six months remaining for the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, IMO hosted a roundtable industry meeting at its London Headquarters on 21 June, where industry participants were updated on the latest guidance, treaty amendments and other instruments emanating from IMO to support the rule.
While Automatic Identification System (AIS) is designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel information, this navigational tool can degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems if it is non-compliant with adopted international standards, USCG warned.
With respect to the recent surge in sanctions globally, Mrs. Irene Anastassiou, Senior Lawyer at the Gard P&I Club, noted that the practice of turning off the AIS to avoid detection is a breach of SOLAS and Flag State requirements, while it increases the risk of maritime casualties and loss of life.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 42-foot pleasure craft with eight people aboard Sunday in Boca Ciega Bay. USCG officers initially discovered the vessel advertising on social media and determined the vessel was not operating in accordance with regulations.
Imtrade trading company offers IMO 2020 compliant fuel in the Russian far east from the early days on May. Specifically, the company sales 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel with 80cst viscosity on a delivered basis at the ports of Vladivostok, Nakhodka, Vostochnyi, Kozmino, Posyet, Zarubino.
Safety surveys are an effective way for all organizations to obtain a complete picture of day-to-day work and safety practices. These are surveys which are being conducted regularly across all personnel to detect unsafe conditions due to unsafe and unauthorized activities.
Ireland’s MCIB issued an investigation report on a fatal accident involving the fishing vessel ‘Fv Julie Eleanor’ in Galway Bay, in November 2017. The report stressed that the vessel did not comply with safety regulations and that the fisher onboard did not wear a PFD.
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