North correspondents Spica report that vessels are being detained by Indonesian authorities whilst at anchor in the water around the island of Bintan.
The ports of Hodeidah and Saleef remain operational at this time although it is reported that no container vessels are currently permitted.
The ICC International Maritime Bureau has issued their latest report on Piracy and Armed Robbery statistics for the 2018 calendar year.
North has received an update as to the current situation in Libyan ports.
On 28 January 2019 PdVSA was designated by the U.S. pursuant to Executive Order 13850.
On 27 January 2019 OFAC lifted the sanctions imposed on Rusal and, therefore, they have been removed from the U.S. Specially Designated Nationals list.
Unrest in Venezuela impacts shipping.
More ports have announced a ban on the use of open loop scrubbers.
The US Coast Guard and other federal agencies are operating at a reduced capacity due to the partial government shutdown.
A new rate of fines has been released for violations of pollution regulations in Turkish waters.
China has prohibited the discharge of waste water from open- loop scrubbers within its inland river emission control area, all ports within the coastal emission control area and the Bohai Sea area.