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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.

Crew was beaten on the first fishing vessel detained under ILO

EJF urged the Taiwanese government to review its fisheries law after it documented gross human rights violations aboard a Taiwanese vessel, which became the first in the world to be detained over the summer for violating new international standards of decent work in fishing. 

USCG terminates voyage of overloaded passenger vessel

The US Coast Guard announced that it terminated the voyage of a vessel violating small passenger laws and regulations in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, on Saturday. This constitutes the eighth illegal passenger vessel voyage termination on Lake of the Ozark since 4 June 2018.

PSA Norway finds non-conformities on Martin Linge FSO

On 25 July 2018, PSA Norway carried out an audit of the follow-up of materials handling, cranes and lifting on ‘Martin Linge B’, the FSO unit that was recently installed in North Sea. The audit detected non-conformities in procedures for cranes and lifting operations, completion of cranes and training.


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