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US Alternative Planning Criteria on western Alaska

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.

West Club warns of VRP compliance issues in the US

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.

USCG restores offshore radio communications along South Florida

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,

USCG: No offshore radio communications along South Florida coast

The US Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability during Wednesday, June 27. Specifically, USCG cannot monitor radio traffic offshore. As a result, USCG urges mariners to be extremely careful throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, while it notes that is currently conducting repairs.

UK Club issues updates on Asian gypsy moth for 2018

The UK P&I Club informed about the high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth. Ships which have called an infested area during the period in which AGM is likely to contaminate them, especially from June to September, should be inspected and get an Inspection Certificate of Freedom from AGM before entering the NAPPO region.

Ship restrictions in Singapore during US-North Korea summit

MPA Singapore issued an advisory, informing of temporary restrictions for mariners operating in the vicinity of Sisters Fairway, Western Anchorage, Buran Channel, Selat Sengkir, Keppel Harbour and Cruise Bay, during the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on 10-13 June 2018.

ADA website accessibility lawsuits increased in 2017

US-based Blank Rome law firm informed that, during the last year, there has been a substantial rise in lawsuits filed against many consumer-facing websites regarding violations of Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act, with plaintiffs alleging that these websites are not accessible to people with vision, hearing, or other disabilities.

US takes measures to deal with Somalia piracy incidents

The US President Donald Trump announced that he renewed for one year the national emergency according to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to deal with the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, as well as the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

Speed restrictions off US Virginia Beach

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an alert regarding the right whale Dynamic Management Area off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, after three whales were spotted in this area. This DMA is in effect since 10 February 2018. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

Gard updates on Yemeni ports situation

Gard released an update, regarding the port situation in Yemen as it stands on 22 January 2018, informing on what ports are open and which are closed. The capacity of the open ports may, however, be limited, and there may be a lack of fuel supplies and other basic services.

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