North P&I Club alerts of the situation in Haiti following the continuous riots and civil disorders that affect the ports’ operations and cause disruptions. The Club advises all shipowners to follow up the updates in order to know how to proceed with their operations.
The USCG issued an alert concerning passengers’ high-risk behaviours onboard a vessel that sometimes lead to severe injuries or fatalities; The Coast Guard highlights that potential offenders could be fined up to $34,000. These actions are dangerous not only for the passengers, but for the vessel, crew and the other passengers onboard.
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.
According to the North P&I Club, recent years have seen several incidents in the Port of Kingston in Jamaica where vessels have made contact with a particular quay on the entrance to the port’s basin. These contact incidents have caused damage to the port, to the vessel and on sometimes pollution. On each case, the appropriateness of the speed of approach of the ship into the turning basin was questionable.
The West of England P&I Club informed that it continues to regularly receive notifications of customs fines being imposed in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, due to discrepancies between items listed in the customs declaration submitted by the Master, and the actual quantity of goods onboard.
As the civil unrest and political instability in Haiti continues, shipowners and operators are urged to exercise caution when calling at Port-Au-Prince and when negotiating fixtures towards the port. Protests gave griped Haiti since early February, as part of the demonstrations calling for President Jovenel Moise to resign.
The Swedish Club has previously advised that sanctions against Iran cause payment problems because banks have proven reluctant to make any payments having even a connection with Iran notwithstanding that the payment may be perfectly legitimate. In line with its previous announcement, the Club now informed that the problem is not isolated to Iran.
The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, DSC and AIS when in the vicinity of LED lighting on-board ships, such as navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment.
The UK P&I Club has reported several recent incidents involving crew at mooring stations, most of which have resulted in life-changing or even fatal injuries. Industry advice with respect to identifying and marking snap-back zones came under review in 2015, when a deck officer was seriously injured during a mooring operation.
Following continued bunker issues in the US Gulf, the UK Club published a short FAQ in conjunction with Brookes Bell. These claims appear to relate to fuel bunkered late March-May this year, with the problems manifest variously in the form of sticking and seizure of fuel injection system components and blocking of fuel filters.
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