Hong Kong

Hong Kong enables unrestricted crew changes

The issue of crew change restrictions has brought many barriers to the shipping industry and most importantly to the seafarers, with many countries now making steps to allow crew change, as Hong Kong did.

Lessons learned: Cargo hold fumigation causes fatality

The Hong Kong Marine Department drew attention on a fatality of a crew member caused by cargo hold fumigation onboard a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier. While underway, high-density phosphine gas was detected in the accommodation of the ship, leading an engine cadet to get unconscious.

Hong Kong suspends cross-border ferry service with China

Hong Kong has announced plans to cut cross-border travel between the city and mainland China, ahead of the coronavirus spread. Namely, ferries, and high-speed trains crossing the border will be suspended from January 30, according to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

Three dead as boat capsizes off Hong Kong airport

Three customs officers lost their lives as their boat capsized on January 21, in waters off Hong Kong International Airport. Two crew members survived the incident, however the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Wärtsilä donates the first Seabin in East Asia

According to a recent statement, Wärtsilä, the technology group, installed a Seabin at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the first Seabin to be donated in East Asia- bringing the Seabin Project’s floating rubbish bins around the world. The launch ceremony was held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and attracted members of the Yacht Club as well as many others who were excited to see the innovative floating rubbish bin in action first-hand.

Genting Hong Kong starts construction of three LNG-powered ships

The Genting Hong Kong and its shipyard group, MV Werften are planning to build a new series of LNG-powered “Universal Class” cruise vessels, that would be able to host 2.000 passengers. The company goals to launch one of its new cruise ship until the beginning of 2022.

2019 Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping note to advise parties concerned on the 2019 Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3 adopted at IMO’s 74th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74).

Taiwan fines ships for violating ECAs

Taiwan fined four ships NT$ 100,000 each, which is around USD$ 3,300, for violating the new emissions control area (ECA) regulations, according to local media citing a note from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

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