Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, Cotonou port authorities have taken the below preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus: 1) For all vessels calling Cotonou port, the agent is required to send to the Harbor Master office a port of call list mentioning the last 10 ports of calls, three days prior to arrival. 2) All vessels arriving from or which have called at a ports in one of the countries infected by Ebola should have on board prevention equipment (gloves, masks, sanitizing gel, etc.). 3) All vessels arriving from or which have called at a port in one of the countries infected by Ebola, and which have prevention equipment onboard, must stay at anchorage and receive FREE PRATIQUE from port health authorities prior to pilot boarding. (Boat transportation cost for embarkation/disembarkation of port health authorities are on the vessel's account and same is to be arranged by the agent). 4) All crew and anyone boarding such vessels must wear masks and gloves throughout the entire port stay. For information about operations at Cotonou port, pls contact GAC-OMA Benin at [email protected]
The Unified Command responded to two boats being struck on the West Bank of the Flats in . The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Dept. of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Fire Dept., Cleveland Police Dept., the Fire Boat Anthony J. Celebreeze and the Cleveland Harbor Master. The Station Cleveland 25-foot response boat were on scene providing a safety zone to ensure safe travel of all boating traffic.
Britain will introduce new port safety rules resulting from lessons learned from the Sea Empress tanker oil spill in 1996. The UK Government will introduce a Port Marine Safety Code early next year, Shipping Minister Keith Hill said at a harbor masters' seminar. "Recent maritime history, including the grounding of the Sea Empress in 1996, has demonstrated the need to improve port safety to save lives and safeguard the environment," Hill said
Wijsmuller Marine has accepted the first of two azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tractor tugs from the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Zamacona. Following a crew familiarization period, the Ayton Cross is expected to be in full service by the middle of the month. The second tug, Ormesby Cross, is to be delivered by Zamacona before the end of the year. Both tugs will be based on the River Tees from where the Wijsmuller tug fleet covers both the Tees and the port of Hartlepool.
Two SB-138P polyethylene buoys with solar-powered ML-140 LED lanterns from Tideland Signal are being used to mark wrecks in the approaches to the port of Narvik in the far north of Norway. The new SB-138P buoys are replacing old battery-operated steel buoys from the 1980s that required extensive maintenance and costly battery changes. They are wreck-markers for the British 8770 ton iron- ore carrier Romanby and the Swedish 8,855-ton iron-ore carrier Stråssa
A fisherman was rescued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) after his 40-foot fishing vessel became caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Massachusetts, Wednesday. USCG Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England received a notification from a good Samaritan informing that the fishing vessel Never Enough was stuck in waves and needed assistance. Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crews arrived on seen with two 42-foot fast response boats to assist
Jamaica Joins the Pledge to Reduce the Loss of Lives at Sea Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping.
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a new Port Master Plan that is the first comprehensive update of the Port’s development policies and procedures since its original plan took effect more than three decades ago. The new plan incorporates previous amendments and anticipated future changes to the use of property within the coastal zone managed by the port. The document promotes orderly development consistent with the port’s long-term goals of making the best
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Bob Foster’s appointment of the City’s former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Lori Ann Farrell to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which oversees the Port of Long Beach and the staff of the City’s Harbor Department. Farrell, a 14-year resident of Long Beach, will fill one of two vacancies on the five-member Harbor Commission. The commissioners are appointed by the mayor to a maximum of two six-year terms and are
New York Harbor Tug Boat Captains and Crews, Staten Island Ferry Workers, Circle Line and Other Tourist Boat Crews Vote on Joining New Union Uniting with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will bring added clout, resources and training to local mariners and open the door to opportunities beyond the East Coast, the union said. Ballots are arriving in the mail this week at the homes of 1
IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme
Three Chinese naval vessels with 800 sailors docked in Germany’s Hamburg harbor for the first time in history on Monday, Michael Setzer, the Commander of Hamburg’s Military Liaison Office, said. The dock landing ship, Chang Beishan
Vesper Marine has been awarded the contract to provide Virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) Beacons to mark seven reefs hazardous to shipping in the Bay of Plenty, as well as provide a coastal monitoring capability. The beacons will alert ships’ crews and the local
Abu Dhabi Ports is implementing a brand new terminal operating system (TOS) which will enhance the general cargo operations at the emirate’s ports, significantly improving processing times and the full range of customer service offerings.
New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices
A Barge Master BM-T700 system was unloaded in Singapore today as it awaits the early 2015 arrival of DP-2 multipurpose vessel Boskalis Ndeavor. According to Barge Master, the T700 will be mobilized on the Ndeavor and continue to the Phillipines where a bridge will be installed between two
Harbor Commission approves new steps to improve cargo flow Taking aim at the bottleneck that has slowed cargo movement through the port recently, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved measures to relieve congestion including a petition of the Federal Maritime
SC Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center Announce Milestone Agreement for Harbor Deepening Collaboration benefits land conservation efforts along Cooper River Corridor
Netherlands-based cargo handling innovator CargoFlexX BV has secured a contract to deliver six dry bulk handling systems to the Gulf of Mexico. The dry bulk handling systems will be installed on-board the new SOLAS OSVs under construction for SEACOR Marine LLC’s new building
Grounded car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka self floated at 1:55 p.m., and all salvors had left the vessel safely, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported. The ship, which is still listed, is currently under tow to a holding position two miles east of the original grounding position
Authorities hope to continue the salvage operations of car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka which ran aground shortly after its departure from the Port of Southampton January 3. According to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Hoegh Osaka is currently stable at the anchorage after
Some changes have been made to the tariff for charges at Turkish Ports in 2015, as follows: SANITARY DUES sanitary dues for port calls have been increased to 0.85 TL from 0.80 TL to all commercial vessels (excluding yatch, investivation, education
The Coast Guard and Department of Transportation Harbors are responding to a diesel fuel spill from an abandoned fishing vessel that sank in Honolulu Harbor, Monday. The Coast Guard received notification at 6:30 p.m. Sunday from a reporting source that the 77 - foot fishing vessel Judy
Visakhapatnam Port has completed first phase of dredging in the Inner Harbor to handle vessels with deadweight tonnage of 60,000 without lightening. The Port has achieved a 12.5 m draft and 14 m depth in the inner harbor, facilitating the handling of Panamax vessels
BAE Systems has named Joseph Campbell as vice president and general manager of the company’s Ship Repair business, effective Jan. 14. Campbell succeeds Bill Clifford, who will retire after a successful 46-year career in the U.S. Navy and the private sector.