The Gard P&I Club issued a summary of available information from each of the countries known to regulate and inspect arriving vessels for Asian Gypsy Moth (AGS), highlighting each country’s definition of risk areas and specified risk periods, as well as their entry requirements and mandatory inspection periods.
Following the tragic loss of the amphibious passenger vessel ‘Stretch Duck 07’, USCG has issued related guidance, recommending all operators to always teview the routes and conditions listed on the vessel’s Certificate of Inspection and ensure crews are familiar with vessel’s operational limitations.
NOAA launched a decision support tool for super-sized ships, coming through the recently-expanded Panama Canal, to enter the Miami seaport more safely. The tool reduces accidents by more than 50%, increases the amount of cargo ships can carry, reduces transit delays for commercial traffic, enhances recreational activities, and improves hazardous spill response.
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