The 2019/20 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season has arrived, as Gard Club informs, and ships arriving in New Zealand and Australia from countries with established stink bug populations must prepare for increased surveillance and inspection. Last season, New Zealand turned away four contaminated vessels from its waters.
Enclosed space rescue drills often lead to injuries and fatal incidents, either it’s because of lack of safety measures or lack of oxygen. Gard supports that preparedness comes with regular training and practice during the drills and recommends that time based goals should be set during enclosed space entry drills so that the crew understands the associated risks.
Gard Club issued an alert concerning malaria which remains one of the world’s leading killers and seafarers must not lower their guard when visiting an area where there is a risk of exposure to this mosquito-borne disease. The progress in fighting malaria has levelled off.
As the Gard Club informs, high water and strong currents in the Mississippi River can lead to delays and additional costs being incurred. The high-water season is often said to run from December to May, with the highest water being usually seen from February to May. However, this is not the only high water season, as high water can take place at many times and has sometimes lasted from January until August.
Due to the US government shutdown, the processes regarding application and confirmation of Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFRs), that are needed for ships entering US waters under regulations issued pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are now being affected. Operators should consult with their COFR issuers and/or Qualified Individual’s for a detailed guidance.
Following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2011, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) in India banned the use of “Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite phones” in Indian waters. However, crew members continue to be penalized by Indian authorities for violating the ban, according to data provided by Gard P&I Club.
Several marine incidents in China have been reported involving merchant vessels colliding with aquaculture farms, mostly off the coast of Lanshan and Rizhao areas where mussel and oyster cultivation form the bulk of aquaculture industry. Huatai Insurance Agency handled overall 71 fishery farm entry claims in China through 2017.
In order to keep the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of the country, Australia tightened their surveillance of vessels arriving from the US, Japan and some European countries between 1 September 2018 and 30 April 2019, Gard P&I Club informs. This is an agricultural pest that feeds on, and can damage fruit and vegetable crops.
Customs in Thailand recently found that waste imported into Thailand was not declared properly, usually as a recyclable type, when in reality it was bound for waste disposal. The Thai Police also found that a number of recipients of such waste, which were said to be recycling facilities, do not have such capability.
To improve safety in and around the city of Qingdao during the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Government of Qingdao has imposed temporary restrictions to ships operating in Qingdao waters between 29 May and 11 June, Gard Club informed citing information by Huatai Insurance Agency.
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