SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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2017
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Alerts

USCG urges for vigilance due to recent GPS disruptions

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The US Coast Guard Navigation Center informed that 20 ships were reported suffering a GPS disruption, in the Black Sea, since 22 June 2017. In view of this, it urges operators to exercise caution and reminds them how to report a disruption and the actions they should take to mitigate the effects of a disruption.

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Vessels requiring a place of refuge for repairs

SAMSA has issued a marine notice to clarify what it is needed when vessels passage plans require them to transit South African waters. The procedure applies to vessels requiring a place of refuge in South Africa and follows recent incidents in which SAMSA noticed that many vessels had failed to report the situation.

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Shipowners’ Club warn of email scams

The Shipowners P&I Club has been made aware of a scam email which is targeting vessel owners and charterers. The email purports to be from a law firm and claims that a lawsuit has been filed by a client as a result of overdue payment, and that legal steps will be taken to arrest the vessel. The attachment sent with the email is known to contain malware, including ransom-ware.

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How to prevent fuel spray fire onboard

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The United States Coast Guard issued a safety alert, in order to inform about a fuel spray fire onboard a commercial vessel. These types of incidents, involving fuel leakages contacting hot surfaces and igniting, happen too frequently and have been a focus of various marine safety organizations, such as the IMO, for many years.

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Arab ports ban entry to Qatari vessels

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Further to the recent announcement that several Arabic states have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, the ship traffic from and to Qatar was suspended by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The Saudi Arabia Port Authority confirmed that no vessel will be allowed coming from or going to Qatar, regardless of the vessels’ flag or owners nationality.

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USCG urges caution when inspecting a Gas Valve Unit room

The US Coast Guard published a Marine Safety Alert, highlighting the importance of maintaining safety measures, when inspecting a Gas Valve Unit room, especially on board conventional LNG fueled vessels and LNG Carriers. The GVU is a multi-component device which manages the liquefied natural gas pressure supplied to the propulsion engines.

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Arrival Requirements for vessels calling on ports in China

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The Liberian Maritime Authority issued a marine notice, informing that there has been an increase in Port State Control inspections in China. As many of these inspections are reporting detainable deficiencies, the administration considers advisable that an Advance Notice of Arrival or notice of deficiencies and corrective action is provided.

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Liberia issues precautions when navigating in East China Sea

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The Liberian Maritime Authority issued a Marine Advisory, concerning the precautions needed when navigating waters in and around Ningbo-Zhoushan, China, in order to bring attention to recent collisions involving Chinese fishing and Liberian flagged vessels and provide additional information to assist Master’s in safely navigating highly congested waters in the East China Sea.

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