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Monday, March 8, 2021

Hong Kong Marine Department News

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Hong Kong's Marine Department Resumes Services

Hong Kong's Marine Department will resume all services, with the exception of surveying outside of Hong Kong, from May 4 after a suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a deppartment spokesperson said Wednesday.Following the coronavirus outbreak, the department first suspended service on January 29 but resumed on March 2. Services were suspended once again from March 23.

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HKCYIA's “Diploma in Cruise Operations”

The Hong Kong Cruise and Yacht Industry Association (HKCYIA) and the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) have joined hands in organizing a new course - Diploma in Cruise Operations (DCO) - to meet with the increasing demand for professionals in the booming global cruise industry. The six-month course is designed to equip students with knowledge and competences in cruise operations which fulfil the training requirements of the Hong Kong Marine Department and the STCW[1][1] Code to serve on board luxurious cruise ships.

Hong Kong Issues Note on Container Handling Safety

Hong Kong’s Marine Department has issued a reminder about safe handling of containers following the investigation into the death of a sailor on board a container vessel during cargo unloading operations. The incident occurred while containers were being discharged from the cargo ship onto a barge, the Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.106 of 2015 stated. The barge listed towards the container ship due to uneven disposition of containers loaded on the barge.

First Mass Rescue Simulation on IMRF Agenda

A mass rescue simulation – the first of its kind – featuring a major collision between passenger carrying ships, will be a highlight of the third International Mass Rescue Conference organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Hosted by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS), the conference, part of the Gothenburg series, will be held in the Swedish city from June 1-3 and will focus on developing and sharing practical solutions to the problems identified during the simulation exercise and from the previous two conferences.

Photo courtesy of Fast Ferry Co. HK

Ferry Crew Fatigue the Cause of Hong Kong Accident

A Hong Kong Marine Department (MARDEP) enquiry into damage & passenger injuries caused when a local fast ferry hit the anchor cable of a vessel, found that 5 crew members were making their 15th voyage.of the day. "While the ferry was sailing at a speed of 22.5 knots at the Western Fairway, the coxswain and the assistant coxswain claimed to see a white light of a fishing boat crossing ahead of the ferry from port to starboard. The coxswain then steered the ferry to port for about 30 seconds to avoid collision with the fishing boat.

Safety Focus on Chinese Coastal Container Carriers

Campaign starts Sept. 2012 to inspect general safety conditions of Chinese container carriers (<3000 gt) plying Guandong & Hong Kong waters. to carry out the Concentrated Inspection Campaign from 1 to 30 September 2012. Mainland coastal container carriers trading to Hong Kong will be selected for inspection by the Hong Kong Marine Department (HKMD). inspection will focus on Automatic Identification System relating to its installation, maintenance and the crew's familiarization with the operation of the equipment, and maritime radio licence, etc.

Hong Kong Emergency Wreck Buoy

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it will mark new dangerous wrecks in Hong Kong waters with the Emergency Wreck Marking Buoy recommended by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). Notice No. 173 of 2009 (12/17/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)