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Row-hit US ship to anchor today

The MV Oriental N will anchor off the Alang Ship Recycling Yard for inspection The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is allowing the MV Oriental N, formerly Exxon Valdez, to anchor off the Alang Ship Recycling Yard for inspection after the Customs on Thursday issued a "no objection" to its anchoring and subsequent inspection by a team of government officials.The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) had given its nod on Wednesday, and the vessel is expected to anchor off Alang on Friday evening.Separately, Delhi-based environmental activist Gopal Krishna, the petitioner in the ongoing case concerning the vessel's entry into India for dismantling, wrote on Thursday evening to the CBI director and six Union ministers alleging the GMB's nod is "in violation of Supreme Court orders" and that "its movement must be halted to demonstrate that Indian law enforcement agencies are not subservient to US's ship disposal policy".Captain S Chadha, GMB's port officer at Alang yard, said, "The Customs has given its no-objection certificate for inspection of the MV Oriental N. GPCB did so yesterday. The vessel is expected to arrive by tomorrow evening. It will anchor in sheltered water about three to four nautical miles from the shore, and an inspection ...

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Recommended requirements for periodic testing and inspecting of gas cylinders

Containing refrigeration gases and nitrogen Gas cylinders containing refrigeration gas and nitrogen are normally sent to the vessel full and then returned to a service provider when empty. These gases are not corrosive and providing the bottle contains the original gas sent from the supplier (and gas has not been added to the bottle on board) the bottles can be periodically inspected and tested at intervals in accordance with the RID/ADR* regulations. In most cases for refrigeration gases and nitrogen this is at 10 yearly intervals.The inspection and testing should include -- Checking the cylinder's internal and external conditions;- Checking of threads, service equipment, any other accessories including the pressure-relief devices; and- Carrying out a pressure test.For more information, click here.Source: The Isle of Man Ship Registry

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Shipowners told to be responsible for voyage safety

MARINA warns ship operators to comply strictly with safety standards and passenger safety The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) yesterday warned ship operators to comply strictly with safety standards and passenger safety rules amid the expected influx of travelers taking sea transport this Lenten season.Marina Administrator Emerson Lorenzo said MARINA has carried out random safety inspections of passenger ships, adding that shipowners should be responsible for ensuring vessel maintenance and safe travel not only this Holy Week but throughout the year."Random safety inspections of passenger ships were conducted in critical ports, including Batangas; Calapan, Mindoro; Roxas City; Caticlan, Matnog, Cebu, Bohol, and Maasin, Leyte," he said.MARINA has inspected shipping lines to see if they have adequate life-saving devices such as life jackets, lifebuoys, firefighting equipment and other emergency devices in case of accidents.The maritime regulator also directed shipping lines to implement the standardized cargo stowage and securing systems to prevent improper lashing that commonly result in vessel capsizing or sinking.For added safety, roll-on roll-off (RORO) ships must disembark passengers off buses while the voyage is en route.Lorenzo added that in cooperation with its sister agency, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), will be recording pre-voyage activities onboard, including cargo securing and cargo ...

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