As 22nd of May marks the National Maritime Day, the American Association of Port Authorities called all vessels berthed at all American ports to sound their horns at 1200 hours local time.
On Thursday, April 2, the US Navy relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a COVID-19 outbreak onboard the ship.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in New York had announced a new Shore Leave Policy to restrict shore leave to crew members in the New York/ Newark port area. The new policy was to have come into effect on November 1st, however the policy has been revoked.
Following the news that Iran seized another oil tanker, supporting that it was smuggling oil fuel, global seafarers’ charity, Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), alerts on seafarers’ rights to be respected.
Britannia P&I Club informed that it has recently been advised that some operators have been charged USD3,600 for security guards in respect of crew members not holding current US visas, even though they were not disembarking. In order to avoid such charges, all crew should have valid visas before arriving at US ports.
As the Standard Club informs, the Supreme Court of the US issued a decision in Dutra Group v Batterton, 588 US __ (2019), deciding that seafarers are not entitled to punitive damages in case the shipowner violates its duty to provide a seaworthy ship.
The US National Maritime Center provided information regarding how it will process applications for National Officer/Rating Endorsements that expire March 24, 2019. Under grandfathering provisions, mariners who started service or training for a national endorsement may qualify for the endorsement. However, mariners must meet certain criteria.
The National Maritime Centre (NMC) announced on January 28 that it has re-opened and that applies measures to highlight the increased levels of application inventory. NMC is working to minimize the negative impact to the maritime industry and will publish additional information regarding furlough recovery operations as needed.
The National Maritime Centre (NMC) posted, on January 24, updated information for merchant mariners that are affected by the lapse in appropriation. The NMC acknowledges that the partial shutdown may affect industry customers and seafarers as well.
The National Maritime Center posted updated information for merchant mariners that are affected by the lapse in appropriation. The NMC said that the partial shutdown may affect the industry and cause inconvenience. Namely, USCG informed that there are extension for marine credentials.
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