The North P&I Club informed that the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a maritime security advisory for the Red Sea. This comes after a maritime threat has been reported in the Red Sea near Yemen. Vessels are suggested to exercise caution when sailing through this area.
The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884.
The Hurricane Dorian left damages behind, while passing the Bahamas, coasts of Florida and Mid-Atlantic states. The storm affected cruise itineraries, including heavy weather diversions, delays and cancellations. The storm is off Cape Fear, and it is expected to weaken as it heads offshore towards Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
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.
In light of the approaching Hurricane Dorian and the potential of causing extensive flooding and erosion along the Carolina and Georgia coasts, scientists from the US Geological Survey are in a hurry to install a minimum of 150 storm-tide sensors that will help them closely monitor the hurricane’s effects.
At least five people were killed as the Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas on Monday, causing vast floodings and evacuation of more than one million people in US coast. The US National Hurricane Center said the storm is still stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island.
Every county in Florida is now under a state of emergency as the state prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane to hit its east coast in nearly three decades. Specifically, at 105 mph, hurricane Dorian is considered as the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season so far.
An escalating tension in the Persian Gulf over the last months continues to pose serious threats to commercial vessels. Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions, the US MARAD warned.
The Standard Club informed that it has come across several cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the US were denied entry in the port, due to non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM 15. The financial losses because of such non-compliance and refusal of entry were important.
CMA CGM informed that after considering the recent incidents in the Strait of Hormuz and the related significantly increasing insurance costs in the Middle East Gulf region, it decided to implement a War Risk Surcharge. The War Risk Surcharge will apply from July 5th, 2019.
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