The US Coast Guard reported that its inspectors are seeing a rise in the number of positive drug tests for non-credentialed mariners (fishermen) in the Arctic and Western Alaska.
Recently, a ship had just departed a Mexican port, when two trespassers were observed throwing three packages into the water and then jumping overboard themselves. Both the packages and the trespassers were retrieved by a small craft.
USCG has issued new guidance to address all challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response. In this context, USCG has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10-20 to reiterate the importance of drug and alcohol testing and provide suggestions to overcome the challenges of compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the latest issue, CHIRP presents two reports they received about the use of drugs onboard commercial fishing vessels, highlighting the severe impact drug use has on seafarers.
The Mexican Navy seized 3.1 kg of cocaine, reportedly thrown from the container ship ‘MOL Majesty’ to a boat with three people onboard, at the Port Ensenada. In a statement, the Second Naval Region announced that it confiscated the three packages on 25 February.
USCG warned mariners, marine employers, and sponsoring organizations that some products marketed as hemp or cannabidiol (CBD) may contain enough tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cause a positive drug test.
Artemis fatality Investigation report: Clear drug, alcohol policy defines acceptable limits, saves lives
In its latest investigation report UK MAIB focuses on a fatal incident concerning a skipper onboard a UK-registered fishing vessel ‘Artemis’ who fell head-first through an access hatch between the vessel’s wheelhouse and its mess deck 2.1m below, resulting to severe head injuries and died. The report notes that a significant factor of the accident was that the skipper was under the influence of alcohol.
The US Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2020 minimum random drug testing rate at 50% of covered crew members. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective from 1st January 2020 through 31st December 2020.
UK Royal Navy announced seizure of £3.3 million drugs in the Middle East. The bust came as the crew of destroyer HMS Defender pounced on a suspicious dhow, as they swept the northern Arabian Sea for smugglers and traffickers.
North informs that recent incidents of criminals using cargo ships to smuggle narcotics have highlighted specific routes that are being targeted by smugglers. Namely, one route is Barranquilla to Altamira, as there has been a notable increase in the finding of cocaine on vessels trading from Colombia to Mexico. In most of the cases, bulk carriers have been targeted. The drugs, in the form of packaged cocaine were buried within the cargo and were only discovered during discharge operations.
Steering with artificial intelligence to combat maritime piracy21/10/2020
Day 02 of 2020 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum focuses on safety and security challenges amid the pandemic crisis21/10/2020
Lessons learned: Fingers must remain out of the line of fire during wire transfer operations21/10/2020
Transport Malta investigation: Serious injury of crew member while testing rescue boat crane21/10/2020
- Maritime Health
Update on crew COVID-19 cases in Western Australia21/10/2020
Lessons learned: Pilot transfers need careful judgment when moving outside the safety zone21/10/2020
Seafarers in Australia forced to stay up to 18 months onboard, ITF says21/10/2020
Near-fatal in New Zealand leads to 1st enforceable undertaking for maritime21/10/2020
- Cyber Security
US charges Russian military intelligence officers for ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack21/10/2020
Port of Antwerp and partners to develop 5G private network21/10/2020