White smoke coming from Golden Ray stabilized

The white smoke that has been coming from Golden Ray, has now been stabilized by Unified Command response crews. The cause of the smoke is yet unknown, as the car carrier is being salvaged in St. Simons Sound, Georgia.

Grounded bulker in St. Lawrence Seaway now refloated

After the Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on 6 October, it has now been refloated and anchored outside of the port of Johnstown, Ontario. The ship is now waiting for repairs.

October: Cyber Security Awareness month

In light of October being the ‘cyber security awareness month’, the shipping industry is experiencing various developments in all of its sectors as automation and digitalization play a crucial role in today’s marine industry and in vessels’ operation. Yet, cyber attacks are becoming more concerning and for this reason the industry must invest more in improving its cyber resilience and security.

Bulk carrier runs aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

The Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, near Cardinal, Ontario, on 6 October, the Canadian Coast Guard announced. The vessel was carrying a load of iron ore at the time.

Ebola virus precautions after fatal incident in Tanzania

USCG’s Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response published Marine Safety Information Bulletin informing the shipping industry about the Ebola virus in Tanzania and precaution measures, following the unexplained death of a person two days earlier from probable Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

USCG recalls personal flotation devices on label error

The Coast Guard Inspections and Compliance Directorate issued a marine safety alert concerning a label error on personal flotation devices. Due to a label error Marlin Australia PTY, Ltd., has recalled lot 14442C1 of personal flotation devices (PFD) approved by the U.S. Coast Guard under approval numbers 160.055/215/0 and 160.055/216/0.

New limits of liability under OPA 90

On 13 August 2019, the US Coast Guard published a final rule, increasing the limits of liability for vessels under US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) from 12 November 2019. OPA 90 adjusts the limits of liability, based on increases in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years.

USCG awards 22nd BWMS Type Approval certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 22nd USCG Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Watch: USCG medevacs crew member from tanker off Texas

The US Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from the crude oil tanker Paramount Hanover, approximately 92 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, on October 5. The crewmember was experiencing severe abdominal pain. The Air Station Houston helicopter crew hoisted the patient and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where he was reported to be in stable condition.


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