The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published a Marine Safety Alert, informing of potentially dangerous circumstances involving Cal-June Jim Buoy Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), as following inspections to different vessels, the USCG found a significant number of Type I PFDs that were not wearable if needed during an emergency.
As the Britannia P&I Club informs, the Government of Ukraine has now published the full text of the Regulation on Inspection, Taking Samples of Water and Conducting its Analysis and which came into force on 5 September 2019. The regulations establish the procedures to be followed when taking ballast water samples.
According to the Standard Club, its correspondent Dias Marine Consulting reports that the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers has abolished the Ecological Inspection Service. It is to be replaced with the State Environmental Service. The new service is expected to begin operating in early September.
The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed a new agreement with the Maritime Administration of Cyprus, expanding the scope of authority delegated to the Russian Maritime Register for the inspection of ships flying the flag of Cyprus.
Ukraine has temporarily stopped State Ecological Inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports for two months, according to Ukrainian P&I correspondents Dias Marine Consulting. The inspections have been halted up to around 21st September 2019.
Dubai Customs seized 274,000 Captagon pills, halting a drug smuggling attempt. According to the Customs, Captagon is said to be the ‘amphetamine fueling Syria’s war’ or the ‘Jihadists’ drug.’ The smuggles had hidden the drugs in the fuel tank of their vessel, believing that inspectors will not search in that hot spot of the vessel near the engine which can reach up to 60 degrees Celsius.
USCG’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published its updated ‘Towing Vessel COI Inspections under TSMS Option.’ According to the coast guard, the updates are not limited to adding annual and renewal Certificate of Inspection guidance for Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option vessels inspected under 46 CFR Subchapter M.
The Port of Amsterdam announced a pilot project deploying a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden, in a bid to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes. The experiment is underway this week, 8-13 July.
Black Sea MoU issued the results of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI throughout the region, that was conducted from 1st September 2018 to 30th November 2018. A total of 139 questionnaires had at least a non-compliance to a requirement, resulting 17.8% of CIC inspections.
Visual inspections and steel thickness measurements are vital for renewal surveys, and preparing vessels for these activities can be proven time-consuming as well as costly. For this reason, DNV GL Expert, Tomasz Oledzki, Head of Section FiS Poland, presents the benefits of using drones.
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