The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) has commissioned hydrographic surveys in the Vuoksi river system in eastern Finland to make navigation safer in the region. The work will be partly carried out by airborne surveys.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it is developing five permanent berths for barges on the Maas side of the Eiland van Brienenoord. The location has been an anchorage for barges for many years, but the new berths intend to boost safety in the river.
In a bid to secure efficient response to maritime casualties, Turkey’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced new regulations on shipping traffic along its main waterways, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (Çanakkale), which are among the busiest waterways in the world.
To keep US waterways open and safe, the US Coast Guard encourages shippers, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris, when sailing in inland waterways.
IMO in collaboration with the Pacific Community and the National Maritime Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea, held a meeting, addressing concerns regarding the safety of domestic ferries in Pacific Island Countries. Namely, the parties adopted a community-based approach, involving end users of domestic ship services, to improve awareness as well as to improve safety measures.
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