US

Watch: Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the US National Weather Service, forecasts an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, running from June 1 through November 30. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. 

US marine pilots urge on unsafe trapdoor arrangement

Following the death of a New York pilot back in December 2019, the American Pilots’ Association on behalf of around 1.200 American ship pilots, recently conducted a letter to the US State Pilotage Authorities concerning pilots’ safety.

2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season which was marked by intensified tropical activity from mid-August through October, comes to an end on Saturday, November 30. 2019 marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The only other period on record that produced four consecutive above-normal seasons was in 1998-2001.

USCG suspends operations of 23 ferries

The US Coast Guard has ordered 23 New York Waterway ferries to suspend service after a series of inspections throughout last week, which found the vessels to be operationally unfit. Inspectors suggested that the 23 vessels in particular had damage or discrepancies significant enough to justify the suspension of operations. Whatsoever, it is said that two of the vessels have been re-inspected and then returned to usual operations.

USCG finalizes PFDs harmonization policy

The US Coast Guard announced it is finalizing the policy harmonizing personal flotation device standards between the US and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. This will enable PFD manufacturers to meet a single North American standard instead of separate standards.

Cruise lines provide hurricane relief after Dorian

In light of the devastating aftermath of the Hurricane Dorian, the cruise industry is helping and offering support to the Bahamas. The Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island were hit by the storm, which made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane and lingered in the area for days. 

Hurricane Dorian heads to Mid-Atlantic states

While Hurricane Dorian has already passed through the Bahamas causing major disruptions in the area, and also left Florida with little effect, Dorian is now heading for the Mid-Atlantic causing wind and rain to Georgia and the Carolinas. 

USCG: Know the difference between flares and fireworks

In light of the 4th of July, celebrated in the US, the US coast guard tweeted a video explaining the difference between flares and fireworks to inform civilians of the difference, because during that day the coastguard receives hundreds of false flare sighting reports.