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EU: Council conclusions on Somalia

somalia-map-15The Council of the European Union has issued Council conclusions on Somalia stating, among other things, that the EU remains fully committed to fighting piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia.

MARAD issues Advisory re High Risk Waters of the Gulf of Guinea

gulf guinea-667The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an advisory providing guidance to vessels transiting and operating in waters of the Gulf of Guinea.

Somali clampdown

mend-nigeria-deltaMeanwhile, in East Africa's Gulf of Aden and Somalia, eight piracy incidents including two hijackings were recorded in the first six months of 2013, with 34 seafarers taken hostage.

New IMB Piracy Report highlights violence in West Africa

somali pirate-1According to the IMB's new piracy report of the second quarter of 2013, Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest level since 2006, thus focusing attention on violent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of West Africa.

SOLAS: Lifeboat safety Update

imoIMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1392 – SOLAS Regulation III/1.5 requires that for all ships, on-load release mechanisms not complying with paragraphs 4.4.7.6.4 to 4.4.7.6.6 of the Life Saving Appliances (LSA) Code must be replaced or modified not later than the next scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2014, but not later than 1 July 2019.

INTERTANKO-OCIMF Guidance

oil tanker-0878A recently released INTERTANKO–OCIMF information paper publishes guidelines to oil tanker operators and other interested parties on the potential consequences of switching fuel between residual and distillate fuels where ships' installations have typically been designed and manufactured to be used with residual fuels (HFO).

Suez Canal: Random Inspections/Co-operation

suez-canal-with-carrierFollowing reports of ships being detained and fined whilst transiting the Suez Canal, attention is drawn to recent communications, which affect all ships transiting the Suez Canal, from the Operations Department of the Egyptian Navy Port Said.

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