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.
Maritime New Zealand has published its Coastal Navigation Safety Review Report which identifies potential enhancements to the current framework, including a recommendation for expanded use of virtual aids to navigation.
The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships.
Germany has acceded to the 2005 SUA Protocols, which cover the criminalization of behaviour that threatens the safety of maritime navigation.
The Standard P&I Club informs that the winter navigation season has reportedly been announced in the ports of Nikolaev, Dnepro-Bugskiy, Mariupol, Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don, Yeysk, Azov and Kherson.
The Japan P&I Club informs about the recent navigation warnings of China Waters issued by MSA China.
There were about 780 accidents over the 10 years through 2014 in which vessels accidentally collided with and damaged maritime navigation signs in seas off Japan, with 70 percent of them found to be “hit-and-run” cases, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
Across the nation, more than 48,000 Coast Guard aids to navigation, commonly known as ATON, mark every navigable waterway, identifying navigational hazards and ensuring mariner safety. But what happens when navigational aids are knocked off course by a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood? This recently happened during flooding on the Mississippi River. In mid-December, a tow vessel William Strait sank in 20 feet of water on the lower Mississippi River following a collision with the tow vessel Margaret Ann.
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.
The London P&I Club informs that its Correspondent in Ukraine, Dias Marine Consulting, reports that the ice season has begun in the Azov Sea area and advises that when a vessel is planning to call at a Ukrainian port it will be “necessary to liaise with the agent and clarify more precise information about the weather conditions on the date of ETA”.
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