Gard Club

Update: Situation of Libyan ports

All Libyan ports, except for the ports of Derna and Sirte, are reported to be operational. However, the fluid military conditions in the country could change the situation at short notice, so all port calls should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Stowaways hiding in rudder trunk: Preventive measures

In light of the recent stowaway case involving the vessel CHAMPION PULA, the Gard P&I Club stressed the danger associated with people hiding in ships’ rudder tanks and shared preventive measures for vessels trading to ports with a high risk of stowaways, especially those designed with an open rudder trunk.

Cameroon to supply armed guards on board vessels during their stay at Douala anchorage

In order to protect ships from piracy attacks at Douala anchorage, Cameroon decided to supply armed guards, free of charge, that will stay on board a vessel for the duration of its stay at the anchorage. The new arrangement will limit the administrative delays that arise when completing an application for government armed guards on board.

‘Going dark’ is a red flag – AIS tracking and sanctions compliance

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.

Four sabotaged vessels in UAE water territory identified

In light of the sabotage incident against four commercial vessels, off United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, sources revealed that the two sabotaged vessels were identified as the Saudi oil tankers Al-Marzoqah and Amjad. In the meantime, the other two vessels were the Norwegian tanker Andrea Victory, and a UAE bunkering barge, the A Michel.

Ship flow not affected by recent attack off Yemen

The recent attack on a tanker proceeding in the Southern Red Sea on 3 April  has reportedly had no impact on the flow of ships in the region or on the working status of Yemeni ports, according to Gard Club’s latest update. The nature of the incident is preliminarily assessed to be a projectile that penetrated the hull of a commercial tanker and caused minor damage above her waterline.

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