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GPS interference in Red Sea and Med. Sea

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued the US Maritime Advisory No. 2019-005 regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) interference in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. Therefore, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator urges all RMI-flagged vessels transiting the designated areas listed in the below Advisory to exercise caution.

USCG informs of GPS satellite maintenance on 22, 23 June

The US Navigation Center posted a notice alerting users of the Global Positioning System that there is possibility of a short period with high Horizontal Dilution of Precision (HDOP) / Position Dilution of Precision (PDOP) in certain locations, because of satellite maintenance.

USCG extends lava flow safety zone in Hawai

USCG announced that it is extending the existing temporary safety zone surrounding the entry of lava from the Kilauea volcano into the navigable waters of the Pacific Ocean on the southeast side of the Island of Hawaii, HI, for an additional six months. The latest zone was enforced in late March. 

Hong Kong issues navigational warning due to typhoon season

The Marine Department urges masters, owners, agents, and charterers to include a sufficient number of qualified crew capable to carry out all duties to ensure the safety on board at all times during the passage of a tropical cyclone.

New designated Particularly Sensitive Sea Area in New Guinea

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued Marine Safety Advisory announcing that the Jomard Entrance in Papua New Guinea has been designated as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) and vulnerable to damage by international shipping activities by the IMO.

North Korea jamming GPS signals

The Japan P&I Club informs that media said several vessels were affected by jamming activity of GPS signals near the Korean Border although no significant accident or damage has been reported.

Panama Canal: Restrictions due to El Nino Phenomenon

The Panama Canal Authority issued an advisory to inform about the possible draft restrictions due to El Nino Phenomenon in this April. The anticipation is based on the unusually dry rain season and weather forecasts and water consumption estimates for the upcoming months.

USCG issues alert on global navigation satellite systems

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 01-16 to warn mariners of the potential detrimental impact to navigation caused by GPS interference or jamming and the importance of understanding how vessel or facility equipment could be impacted by the loss of a GPS signal.

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