02 DEC 2021
The global shortage of containers and port congestions are driving shipments of bagged refined Brazilian sugar back to bulk carriers, reports our local correspondent in Brazil, Representacoes Proinde Ltda. This trend may increase the risk of cargo damage.
11 NOV 2021
Until such time as technological advances enable compliance with California’s stringent ballast water discharge performance standards, vessels discharging ballast water into Californian waters must use a ballast water treatment system that has been approved by the US Coast Guard.
28 OCT 2021
While reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery are down to their lowest level in decades, violence against crew remains high in many areas of the world. A Gard correspondent was recently called to attend onboard a ship where crew members had been severely beaten by robbers during a stay at the Conakry Anchorage, Guinea.
Recurring incidents of armed robbery against ships in Manila Bay have prompted ReCAAP ISC to warn crews to exercise extra vigilance when staying at Philippine ports and anchorages.
Regional conflict, heightened military activity, and increased political tensions pose threats to merchant vessels operating in the above geographic areas.
From 1 September, certain foreign vessels must report their presence to the maritime administrations of the People’s Republic of China when entering Chinese territorial waters.
For a number of years Indonesian authorities have detained vessels for anchoring in its waters without the requisite permissions from the authorities. Recent cases seem to indicate there is an increased focus on vessels anchored off Bintan Island and other Riau Islands.
September marks the start of the risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Australia and New Zealand. This year, Poland has been added to their list of stink bug risk countries.
While a continued downward trend in Somali piracy has prompted leading shipping organisations to reduce the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean, vessels transiting these waters must remain vigilant and be aware of the evolving maritime security landscape.
Haiti’s situation has become increasingly uncertain following the days of Jovenel Moise’s assassination earlier this month. In the Caribbean island nation of 11 million, Haitians faced gang violence and political protests in the capital city Port-au-Prince. Port operations have been affected due to the violent unrest.
The majority of all piracy and armed robbery incidents in Asia during the first half of 2021 occurred in the eastbound lane of the traffic separation scheme in the Singapore Strait, with bulk carriers the most frequently targeted ship type.
A good working relationship with the pilot, effective Master Pilot Information Exchange at the start of the pilotage followed by well performing Bridge Resource Management during the pilotage passage, are important factors in a successful pilotage.
Updated 17 August 2021
Originally scheduled for 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, this year’s joint inspection campaign by the Paris and Tokyo MoUs starts on 1 September 2021 and focuses on stability in general.
The wellbeing and happiness of seafarers depend on a variety of factors and there is no single approach that can succeed on its own. Once on board, seafarers live in an ever present operational environment during their tour of duty. The operational nature of this environment makes it difficult to change it to better suit the individual. At the same time the environment makes it challenging for the shipowners to accommodate all factors supporting the wellbeing of their crew.
International conventions expressly prohibit the discharge of plastic into the sea, but plastic can still find its way into our oceans from careless handling on the vessel or mismanagement downstream and onshore.
A vessel loading a cargo of “cement grade bauxite” at Linden in Guyana, arrived at the discharge port in the US with parts of the cargo consisting of fine particles showing significant signs of high moisture content.
The first step to prevent an accidental release of the lifeboat hooks is to identify the potential failure points of the mechanism.