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Alcohol and drug prohibitions for vessels in Ireland

The 2016 Annual Report of the Irish MCIB highlighted alcohol and drug consumption continue to be factors in marine incidents. As such, Ireland’s Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a notice to remind of the law in relation to alcohol and drugs when operating or while onboard vessels within Irish waters. 

Speed limit and heavy weather restrictions for vessels in Xiamen

Xiamen has introduced the ‘Marine Traffic Safety Regulation’, which has come into force on 1 March 2018, and imposes that the maritime administration department shall take traffic control measures at specific sea areas during specific period in the event of heavy weather, the UK Club informed citing Huatai correspondents.

Grenada urges for caution over Kick ’em Jenny volcano activity

Due to increased activities of the Kick em’ Jenny Volcano, the alert level has been raised from Yellow to Orange, advised Grenada’s NaDMA through the technical support provided by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center. With this increase in the alert level, ships are asked to observe the exclusion zone of 5 km/3.1miles.

USCG assesses safety in Hudson ports and waterways

USCG issued the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment report from the workshops held in Poughkeepsie and Albany in November 2017. The workshops were held to provide stakeholders an opportunity to assist the Coast Guard in understanding navigation safety and environmental concerns on the Hudson River.

Port of Rotterdam to focus on improving safety and efficiency

The Port of Rotterdam’s top priorities are still safety and ensuring that processes in the port area run efficiently. No major nautical incidents occurred in the port during 2017, and even though the number of ship movements increased, the number of minor incidents was lower than in previous years.

USCG, BSEE to inspect cranes in Gulf of Mexico

The campaign, will take place this spring, and will involve interagency teams visiting multiple drilling and production units across the Gulf of Mexico. These teams will use a focused inspections protocol to evaluate safety, gather and provide data to BSEE’s Office of Safety Management.

Guidance on transport of dangerous goods in a private vehicle

The UK MCA issued a marine guidance note regarding the transport of items, which are classified as dangerous under the IMDG Code, when carried by individuals in a private vehicle -such as cars/caravans/trailers/mobile homes- or by foot passengers. It does not include vehicles in commercial use, ambulances or vehicles driven by contractors/employees.

CHIRP releases new video on dangerous practices when working aloft

CHIRP released its latest video, in which it focuses on reports about dangerous practices when working aloft, and others referring to leisure vessels and ship design, as well as problems faced by pilots during their duties. Namely, in the video, CHIRP presents three cases.

Requirements for hot work onboard

The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a marine notice, setting out the revised requirements for hot work, including all ships, not just tank ships and combination carriers. Hot Work involves sources of ignition or temperature sufficiently high enough to cause the ignition of a flammable gas mixture.

Caution required over explosive devices found on Cozumel ferries

The US embassy in Mexico City issued a safety alert, prohibiting all US Government employees from using all tourist ferries on the route Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, until further notice, due to two subsequent incidents involving explosive devices onboard, on 21 February and on 1 March.


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