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Salvage of Golden Ray paused due to pandemic and hurricane season

The salvage operations of the motor vessel Golden Ray are paused due to a combination of factors including COVID-19 mitigation protocols, as well as the hurricane season, the Unified Command overseeing the wreck removal announced, almost 11 months after the ship grounded in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

USCG hurricane season reporting requirements 2020

The US Coast Guard (USCG) shared reporting requirements for the hurricane season, to provide guidance for operators on the Outer Continental Shelf. Hurricane season begins on 1st June and operators should review Emergency Evacuation Plans.

Watch: Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, forecasts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, running from June 1 through November 30. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. 

2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season which was marked by intensified tropical activity from mid-August through October, comes to an end on Saturday, November 30. 2019 marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The only other period on record that produced four consecutive above-normal seasons was in 1998-2001.

Five dead onboard cargo ship due to Typhoon Hagibis

The Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua that five Chinese crewmembers died, three are missing and four have been rescued from the Panama-registered vessel that sank in Tokyo Bay, Saturday October 12. The vessel was discovered undersea on October 13. 

NOAA: What forms a hurricane

NOAA focuses on the phenomenon of hurricanes and explains what they are, how they are formed and how they occur, given their effects can lead to serious and fatal disruptions. When wind speeds within such a storm reach 74 mph, it’s classified as a hurricane.

Sunken Bourbon Rhode: 3 saved, 11 missing

Bourbon, a French offshore vessel owner, launched a rescue operation for ‘Bourbon Rhode’ anchor handler tug supply (AHTS), which suffered a water ingress in the rear of the vessel as it was affected from bad weather conditions associated with category 4 Hurricane Lorenzo. Despite search and rescue efforts, the vessel has sunk, resulting to three saved crewmembers and 11 still missing.

USCG: What to do if credentials are lost from Hurricane Dorian

USCG published instructions for mariners whose credentials were lost due to Hurricane Dorian. Duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of the hurricane or subsequent flooding, USCG said. 

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