US sees more countries tangled in human trafficking through fishing industry

The 2019 Trafficking in Persons report, was published by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, focusing on government efforts to tackle human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 19th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the U.S.

Infographic: US oil and gas industry is dangerous

Graphic Products’ Alison Warner designed an infographic presenting all the dangers that are lying behind the oil and gas industry. The equipment, the flammable chemicals and high pressures can easily result to fatal accidents. The oil and gas industry is amongst the most dangerous jobs in America, this is why it has one of the most thorough safety training programs.

February 2019 was second wettest month on record for US

This winter was the wettest on record for the US, especially after a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019, according to data provided by US NOAA. The wet weather last month also made February 2019 the second wettest February on record.  

Ensuring commercial vessel safety during suspension of USCG activities

Due to the lack of enacted appropriation or continuing resolution, the US Coast Guard is required to execute an orderly suspension of some operations and activities. USCG will continue operations authorized by law that provide for national security, or that protect life and property. However, some administrative functions will be limited. The following guidance aims to help vessel owners, operators, and other affected parties during the lapse in appropriations.

Port of Vancouver publishes updated information guide

Port of Vancouver published its ‘Port Information Guide’ focusing on practises and procedures applicable to all vessels operating  within defined vessel operating areas in the port authority’s jurisdiction to support the safe and efficient movement of trade. The port authority makes amendments, in accordance with Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act.

US to grant Puerto Rico $28.9 million to prevent risk from natural disasters

The US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA and partners announced $28.9 million in new grants for the restoration or expansion of natural features, such as coastal marshes and wetlands, oyster and coral reefs, coastal rivers and barrier islands, that help minimize the impacts of storms and other extreme events on nearby communities and infrastructure in 22 states and Puerto Rico.

USCG, NOAA to add Navigation Rules in US Coast Pilot

The US Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s US Coast Pilot publications. The US Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations.

New bill introduced for passenger vessel safety

US Congress representatives introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. The CPPA would build on the passenger safety measures signed into law in the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

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