2019 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by Grand Traverse Yacht Club charts a course for success

Melges 24 fleet at the Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019. Photo (c) U.S. Melges 24 Class Association, usmelges24.com
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April 17, 2019 – Traverse City, Mich. USA – The 2019 Melges 24 North American Championship (NAC) hosted by the Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) in Traverse City, Mich. taking place August 15-18, has climbed to an impressive 36 teams registered several months in advance of the entry deadline. It is anticipated that 50 or more teams will be registered by the start of the NAC – the pinnacle 2019 Melges 24 event in North America.

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North Sea Regatta Newsletter

Kicking off the Sailing Season
Spring  has definitely sprung; flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the Easter Bunny is arriving and boats are in the the water! With that said, sailing season is upon us and will kick off this weekend with the Van Uden Stellendam Regatta. Who is ready to shake off the cobwebs and get some practice in for the NSR? It is never too late to sign up!

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Arrest warrant issued for heavy lift ship involved in incident at Ingalls; USCG responds to sunken towing vessel

April 17th
April 17, 2019 — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has issued a warrant for the arrest of the heavy lift ship MV Hawk. The MV Hawk was at the center of a March 29 incident in which, according to media reports, it slammed into a test barge at Ingalls Shipbuilding, pushing the barge into the newbuild destroyer USS Delbert Black (DDG 119). The MV Hawk, which was delivering a Chinese built floating dry dock to the shipyard at the time of the incident, is owned by Offshore Heavy Transport of Oslo, Norway, and managed by Songa Shipmanagement.

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Metal Shark to build next gen Miami-Dade fireboats; Frank Coles rolls out new strategy for Wallem

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April 16 2019 — Jeanerette, La., headquartered shipbuilder Metal Shark is to build the next generation of fire boats for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Miami-Dade has selected the Metal Shark “50 Defiant X” fireboat, a welded aluminum monohull vessel featuring a proven hull form and a specialized arrangement optimized for firefighting. The boats are being built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette shipyard and will replace older fire boats currently operated by the department.

 

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Judge warns Carnival ships could be banned from U.S. port; ClassNK releases cyber security guidance

April 15th 2019
April 15, 2019 — U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz has threatened to bar Carnival Corp. from docking any of its ships at U.S. ports. This follows alleged breaches of the probation imposed on the company in relation to a $40 million settlement reached in 2016 when Carnival subsidiary Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up.

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TRANSPORT AMBULANCE CREW TO HOLY ISLAND EMERGENCY

Seahouses RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 8:28am on Sunday 14 April 2019, to convey an ambulance crew to a diabetic emergency on Holy Island.  This a normal procedure, agreed by a protocol between the North East Ambulance Service and the RNLI,  for situations when the causeway is closed by the tide.

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Industry supports the IMO’s new anti-corruption agenda***

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to address maritime corruption by including this important issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu.  The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said:
“Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Corruption impedes investment, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. This is a global issue but we all need to work to eradicate corrupt practices. We are pleased that the IMO will be working to address this important issue and we will support the member states in stamping out this scourge.”

According to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Networks anonymous reporting mechanism, which was set up in 2011, there have been over 28,000 incidents already reported, confirming that this is a widespread issue.

Addressing the IMO’s Facilitation Committee the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the International Chamber of Shipping, Chris Oliver, said:
“We are all aware that corruption in the maritime sector exists in many areas and as we have heard from the document introduction, corrupt practices, particularly with respect to the ship/shore interface, can lead to interruptions to normal operations, can incur higher operational costs for the shipowner and can have an impact on seafarers’ well-being.

In addition to the potential consequences for ship owners and seafarers, it should not be underestimated the impact it can have on trade, investment, social and economic development of ports, local communities and even Member States themselves.”

It is hoped that having the issue of maritime corruption included in the work of the Facilitation Committee, particularly in the context of the review and revision of the Annex to the FAL Convention, will result in the development of IMO guidelines or an inclusive IMO Code of Best Practice to implement and embrace anti-corruption practices and procedures.

Any such action would align IMO regulations and requirements for the maritime industry with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), adopted in 2003, which entered into force in 2005, and which currently has 186 Parties.

The agreement of the IMO to include the anti-corruption agenda in its work programme follows a submission made to the 42nd meeting of the IMO Facilitation Committee in June 2018 by the ICS and a group of NGO’s asking for the issue to be addressed by member states.

Guy Platten concluded:
“The industry is acutely aware of the problem and wants to work with member states to ensure that robust anti-corruption guidelines are put in place.”

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Sulfur sniffing drone starts patrolling Danish waters; U.S. Gulf leads in offshore lay ups

April 12th 2019
April 12, 2019 — A large drone has started to check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulfur limit. The drone is being provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency and is fitted with a so-called “sniffer” capable of measuring sulfur emissions. Entering the ship’s exhaust gas plume, the drone can register the amount of sulfur in the fuel. The readings are immediately available to Danish authorities, who can follow up if a ship does not comply with the requirements.

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