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Masks to be worn on commercial ships while trading in US waters

09 April 2021

As part of COVID-19 safety the US has introduced new safety requirements in the maritime transportation system. This requires all persons, including crew members on board ships proceeding to and trading within the waters under US jurisdiction to wear a face mark while boarding, disembarking and for the duration of the travel. Crew members and port facility personnel may be exempt from wearing a mask only when actively performing a task that would create a health or safety risk if performed wearing a mask and should immediately wear a mask when the task is complete. This exemption does not apply to passengers.

Security Guidance on Diverting Around the Cape of Good Hope to Avoid Suez

26 March 2021

The ongoing blockage of the Suez Canal has resulted in ships diverting south to transit around the Cape of Good Hope, potentially taking them through the High Risk Area. It is noted that whilst the threat of Somalia-based piracy is currently suppressed through a combination of military operations, application of BMP 5 and the presence of armed guards, an increase in maritime traffic through the area may present opportunities for Somali Pirate Groups to attack shipping. The consequences of not adopting effective security measures can be severe.

Cyber compliance in the crosshairs

23 March 2021

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) latest resolution offers a much-needed path to help prepare for cyber attacks, which are seen as increasingly likely in this digital age. Since January, shipowners and operators have been obliged to assess and prepare for cyber threats to comply with the new resolution.

Round Table Shipping Organisations Highlight Key Issues for the Maritime Industry

09 March 2021

Leaders of the Round Table of International Shipping Associations - BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping and INTERTANKO - met virtually last week to debate key issues facing the maritime industry today. At the meeting, the associations affirmed the industry’s commitment to universal recognition for seafarers, the decarbonisation of shipping and addressing the threat to shipping from piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.