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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.

NZ Coastal Navigation Safety Review

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.

Japan Coast Guard reports 780 accidents in ten years

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.

USCG cooperation ensuring mariner safety

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.

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.

Ice Season begins in Ukraine

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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