safety measures

A risk assessment on ballast water pollution: Threats and controls

A recently-published booklet by the UK P&I Club seeks to guide to the controls and key points that the Club’s Risk Assessors look for when inspecting a vessel. The checklist aims to help operators carry out a similar check on the Threats and Controls and make sure the vessel has a good risk profile.

USCG oversees removal of pollutants from grounded vessel off Hilo

According to a recent statement, US Coast Guard responders are working to remove potential pollutants from the 63-foot fishing vessel Midway Island, which ran aground off Hilo. In fact, the USCG is working with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and contractor personnel to mitigate the potential pollution threat from the vessel. Reportedly, a maximum potential of 1,800 gallons of diesel and two marine batteries are aboard.

AMSA signs contract for pollution clean-up operation

According to a recent statement, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has signed a contract with the aim to remove the pollution caused by the container ship YM Efficiency, when it lost 81 containers off Newcastle last year. According to the statement, AMSA is committed to “keeping the local community informed about the clean-up operation and will be holding community information sessions in the new year where members of the public will be given a detailed briefing on how the clean-up will take place and can ask any questions they like.”

How to comply with Tianjin port’s new pollution prevention regime

The new regulations regarding enhanced supervision and controls on ship pollution came into force on 1st of May 2018 in Tianjin, Northern China’s largest port. This set of regulations apply to pollution caused by vessels, as well as their relevant operations in the territory of Tianjin Port. It also includes navigation, berthing as well as operation.