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September 6th, 2017 at 11:00 am

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 6 September 2017


Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans;

Florida Straits – caution recommended;

San Juan – USCG monitoring unit closed;

USCG – conditions at Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston;

Columbia River – closed due to forest fires;

EMSA – seafarer statistics in the EU; and

UK – MSI broadcast frequencies.

September 6, 2017

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Puerto Rico – hurricane contingency plans

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release advising mariners in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that it has set Port Condition ZULU. Vessels and facilities should implement heavy weather contingency plans as Hurricane Irma approaches. (9/5/17) []. Note should also be taken of the relevant US Coast Guard hurricane contingency plans. (9/5/17) [].

Florida Straits – caution recommended

clip_image004[1] The US Coast Guard issued a news release cautioning mariners in the vicinity of the Florida Straits to prepare for the approach of Hurricane Irma. (9/5/17) [].

San Juan – USCG monitoring unit closed

clip_image004[2] The USCG National Maritime Center (NMC) issued a bulletin stating that Monitoring Unit (MU) San Juan is closed until further notice in preparation for Hurricane Irma. (9/5/17) [].

USCG – conditions at Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston

clip_image004[3] The US Coast Guard issued updates on conditions at the ports of Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston. (9/5/17) [].

Columbia River – closed due to forest fires

clip_image005 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the Columbia River from mile 126 to mile 146 is closed to navigation due to forest fires. (9/5/17) [].

EMSA – seafarer statistics in the EU

clip_image007 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued its second annual edition of Seafarer Statistics in the EU. The statistical review presented in this report is based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States until 31 December 2015 and recorded in the STCW Information system. It represents a snap-shot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2015. (9/5/17) [].

UK – MSI broadcast frequencies

clip_image009 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) posted an updated Marine Safety Information (MSI) Leaflet announcing, among other things, that from 6 September MSI is permanently broadcast on VHF channels 62, 63, or 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI backup and pollution control remains unchanged. (9/5/17) [].

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