Due to unprecedented pre-Lunar New Year inbound volumes, Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are experiencing extreme congestion, APL reported. The volume increase is creating many problems such as port delays, increased dwell times and terminal congestion. To deal with the severe congestion and enable better cargo flow, operators are called to: Pick up containers as soon as possible, after they have been discharged; Timely return of the chassis, to avoid chassis shortage for yourselves and others.
US OFAC has notified Congress of their intention to remove Rusal and associated companies from the US SDN list by 18 January 2019, following significant changes made to the company’s structure. OFAC decision means that ships will be able to trade freely with Rusal. However, the current partial shutdown of the US Government may be impacting implementation of the changes.
Category 5 Super Typhoon Yutu has now pushed west of the islands of Saipan and Tinian in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Yutu may eventually arrive in the Philippines, Taiwan or southern Japan next week, according to the US National Weather Service.
Tropical storm Michael has turned into a hurricane, and it is expected to strengthen as it heads north past Cuba towards the Florida Panhandle. According to the US National Hurricane Center, the hurricane will make landfall on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, October 10.
The US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that it has discovered Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg masses on three vessels arriving from Japan during July and August 2018. The two of them were vehicle transport ships entering into Baltimore and the other one was inspected at Houston.
The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Hampton Roads, Virginia has suspended port operations and ordered the port to close. This was decided in order to prepare for Hurricane Florence. In addition, Hampton Roads are under Condition Zulu, which means that gale-force winds are expected.
US President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in Hawaii and ordered assistance to supplement local response efforts because of the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Lane beginning on August 22, 2018, and continuing.
The US Coast Guard has extended the Network’s and the 1-Call’s non-tank vessels’ APCs until 2021. The Network’s tanker APC approval was extended through 31 December 2018. Operators should be aware that the US Coast Guard has not approved the renewal of Alaska Response Corp APC, which expired on June 30, 2018.
The Alternative Compliance Procedure schemes operated in Alaska by both Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network and 1-Call Alaska have been given approval by the USCG to continue their operations until 2021, although the Network’s tanker APC has only been extended until the end of this year.
US Coast Guard Sector Miami restored the offshore radio communication capability along the South Florida coast. Radio communication was not available since Wednesday, June 27. USCG could not monitor radio traffic offshore, and warned mariners to be extremely careful throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone,
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