Maritime News & Articles

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This week:

US Deparment of Justice - Ship operator fined $1.8 million. 

Applicability: All ship-owners and operators


The Deparment of Justice (DOJ) issued a news release stating that the Hachiuma Steamship Company pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by failing to maintain an accurate oil record book (ORB) concerning the illegal disposal of oil residue and bilge water overboard from the M/V SELENE LEADER. The Company was sentenced to pay $1.8 million and to serve three years on probation, during which time it must develop and implement an environmental compliance program. read original article

Safety Alert: Expired Hammar hydrostatic release units refurbished and re-sold for use. 

Applicability: All shipbuilders, owners and operators


Further to Class News No. 05/2009, which warned of counterfeit hydrostatic release units (HRUs), the UK Maritime & Coastguard Angency (MCA) has advised that expired CM Hammar H20 HRUs have been refurbished and re-sold, and found on board ships for use with liferafts.

These expired units pose a serious safety risk. They are not guaranteed to operate in an emergency meaning that liferaft or EPIRBs may not be released. If discovered on board, they should be withdrawn from service immediately. read original article

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