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Regaining of their qualification for the USCG Qualship 21 Program

Circular letter by the Hong Kong Marine Department The Hong Kong Marine Department (HKMD) has issued the following circular letter, which concerns, among others, their regaining of the qualification for the United States Coast Guard's Qualship 21 Program on 1 June 2011.Within this framework and in view of the recent PSC development in the US and Australian ports, HKMD has revised the PSC inspection Checklist by adding items specifically for Bulk Carriers, Oil Tankers, Chemical Carriers and Gas Carriers.Indeed, pre-arrival inspection has to be carried out in accordance with the PSC Inspection Checklist for Hong Kong registered ships before entering into any US or Australian ports.It has to be noticed that the checklist, after being completed and signed by the ship master, should be endorsed by the DPA of the management company before submission to HKMD for scrutiny and necessary follow-up action.To view the circular letter, click here.Source: Hong Kong Marine Department

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Carriage of immersion suits on cargo ships flying Hong Kong Flag

Technical Information TEC-0667 by Class NK With regard to the carriage of immersion suits on the Hong Kong flagged ships, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 dated 6 July 2006 has been issued.Recently, the Government has notified of the additional instruction of immersion suits for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by SOLAS Reg.III/31.1.4.In response, ClassNK Technical Information No.TEC-0667 paragraph 1 has been modified as follows.(1) At least two immersion suits should be provided in wheel house and engine control room respectively as additional immersion suits. The same number of immersion suits as life-jackets at the wheel house and engine control room are required (i.e. if 3 life-jackets are required at the wheel house then 3 immersion suits are required at the wheel house).(2) If ship has other watch or work stations and life-jackets has already been provided, for example, cargo control room of chemical tanker etc., the same number of immersion suits as life-jackets are required to such stations. Mooring stations (fore & aft) are not included in the above watch or work stations.(3) At least two sets of immersion suits are to be provided for the stored position of the additional liferaft required by Reg.III/31.1.4 according to the ...

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Hong Kong warns for approaching typhoon season

Typically runs from May until September The Hong Kong Marine Department has issued a warning on the approaching typhoon season which typically runs from May until September.The department has urged masters, owners, agents and persons in control of vessels to comply with any directions from the director of marine concerning the safe operations of vessels and the port."Masters are reminded that every vessel within the waters of Hong Kong must maintain a continuous listening watch on the VHF radio channel appropriate to the VHF sector in which the vessel is located (...)," the department said in a statement.It added that masters should also listen to local radio broadcasts for weather advisory information updates.The department further warned that an inadequately manned vessel during the passage of a tropical cyclone not only places itself at risk but also endangers the port and other vessels.Source: Seatrade Asia

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Hong KongNew Report of Marine Incident form

Old forms will be phased out on August 1 The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a Notice stating that its separate forms for reporting shipping casualties, marine industrial accidents, and dangerous occurrences are being replaced by a single form - Report of Marine Incident.The new form may be used immediately. The old forms will be phased out on August 1.Source: Hong Kong Marine Department

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