COSWP has long provided invaluable guidance on safe working onboard vessels and has been updated for the new year.
P&I correspondents in Venezuela, Venepandi, have advised that crew members have recently been prosecuted as a result of attempts to bribe officials.
Members are reminded that as of 1 January 2018 the requirement to use low sulphur fuel whilst visiting all ports within the emissions control areas will be in force.
It has been reported that vessels arriving from, or departing to, ports in certain countries are not permitted to conduct crew changes through Port of Fujairah (POF) Immigration.
A number of vessels have been arrested recently whilst transiting the Panama Canal due to non-payment of fees to Ocean Pollution Control (OPC).
A recent investigation by the MAIB into an explosion on a vessel carrying incinerator bottom ash has highlighted the dangers in failing to comply with the IMSBC Code requirements.
North has been advised that the MSA will conduct an enhanced inspection campaign on ships pollution control in the Hainan Province of China.
There have been 5 new piracy incidents in the South East Asia region. The incidents were reported to ReCAAP ISC in Singapore between 21 November and 27 November 2017, and include armed robbery and hijacking.
It has been reported that there has been a change in requirements for customs declarations in Senegal. Vessels arriving are now required to declare the CO2 quantity on the vessel and well as foam and fire extinguishers.
Turkey puts restrictions on vessels trading to Crimea.
VPS Bunker Alert 57-2017 - High Cloud Point Deliveries in Rotterdam