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Master overboard fatality linked to his emotional state

The Marine Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) of Cyprus issued an investigation report on the fatality of the Master of the bulk carrier ‘Evnia’, after falling into the sea from a rope ladder, while the ship was berthed in Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, in June 2018. 

USCG: Unlicensed charters fines can reach $94,219 for each day

In a new official statement, the US Coast Guard reiterated that hiring an unlicensed charter is illegal and dangerous, because the charter may not have the proper emergency safety gear, navigation and communication gear, and may not have undergone the proper license exams to ensure safety.

Authorities name three suspects over Norwegian frigate collision

Norwegian police named three suspects over the collision of the Norwegian frigate ‘KNM Helge Ingstad’ with the the Maltese-flagged oil tanker ‘Sola TS’ off Bergen, in November 2018. The warship sustained significant damage from the collision and sank a few days later.

USCG: Fines for illegal charter vessel operations

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft ‘Sea You Twerk’ with 14 passengers aboard Sunday in Biscayne Bay, Miami, after discovering multiple safety violations. With this respect, USCG reiterated potential fines for illegal charter vessel operations. 

PSA: Walkway incident on Tambar field could have been fatal

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority completed the investigation of the movement-compensated walkway incident on the Tambar field in July 2018, revealing several breaches of safety regulations. The Authority noted that Tambar is the only facility in operation in Norway, where an attempt has been made to land a walkway from a ship.

South Korean court charges one over Stellar Daisy sinking

A South Korean court granted the arrest warrant for the ex-head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, on January 24. However, the court dismissed the arrest warrants for the head of Polaris as well as an inspector from the Korean Register and two men who worked for a private survey firm. The Busan Coast Guard had requested a warrant of arrest on the ‘charge of violation of shipping safety law’.

Arrest warrant sought for Polaris Shipping CEO over Stellar Daisy sinking

The Busan Coast Guard has requested a warrant of arrest for the chairman of Polaris Shipping, the South Korean shipping company which owned the ill-fated bulk carrier Stellar Daisy. The Marshal Islands-flagged very large ore carrier (VLOC) went missing on 31st of March 2017 and is assumed to have sunk in the South Atlantic,

Crews still violate Indian ban on use of satellite phones

Following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2011, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) in India banned the use of “Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite phones” in Indian waters. However, crew members continue to be penalized by Indian authorities for violating the ban, according to data provided by Gard P&I Club.

USCG: Fines for illegal charter operations

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 20-foot pleasure craft ‘Like I Care’, with nine passengers-for-hire aboard Sunday in Baker’s Haulover Inlet after discovering multiple safety violations. With this regard, USCG warned that owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $41,456 for illegal passenger-for-hire operations.

PSA Norway: Numerous safety breaches found on Jotun B

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has completed its investigation of an incident involving a dropped object on the Jotun B facility on 19 May 2018. The authority informed that it found a number of breaches of the regulations. PSA asked Point Resources, Jotun B’s operator, to explain by 15 October how it will deal with the non-conformities.

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