1. Ports Ripping Off Owners
The first officer of Mount Hope, a bulk carrier which collided with a pier at the German Port of Brake on November 11, is in the centre of a criminal investigation related to a misconduct, German water police inspection informed. The first findings of the investigation revealed that the first officer, a 42-year-old Philippine national, is guilty of endangering vessel traffic. In order for the criminal proceedings to be secured, a deposit of EUR 8,000 (around USD 9,400) will be collected after consultation with the Oldenburg Public Prosecutor’s Office on the decision of the relevant district court.
Maritime UK has launched a new Industry Code of Practice for the design, construction and operation of autonomous maritime systems. Seeking to provide practical guidance for autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels less than 24 metres long, the Industry Code of Practice will provide guidelines while the more detailed regulatory framework for autonomous systems is developed. It is designed to set initial standards and best practice for all those involved with the development and operation of autonomous systems. It covers design, manufacturing, safety, communication and navigation through to training and skills.
The Turkish government has issued a decision prohibiting ships arriving from or calling at Crimea and its ports from visiting a Turkish Port. Turkish ports, marine agents, operators and ship owners are officially informed that ships arriving from Crimea and its ports are not allowed to enter the country, and no permit will be given if a ship is calling/has called at these ports. Such vessels will not be allowed to get custom clearance and/or perform discharging/loading operation in any Turkish Port. Further, Authorities have the right to request last port clearance via agents, log book copies AIS, VDR records and any tracking systems.
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