|ZIKA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS
|SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
NE Atlantic Ocean
|ADDITIONAL OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS
|Zika Virus Precautions|
|Thursday, February 4, 2016, USA|
|Recently, the World Health Organization designated the Zika virus as a global public health emergency. This has prompted questions from the maritime industry regarding reporting requirements for any vessel crewmembers or passengers who may be exhibiting symptoms of the Zika virus.Vessel and facility representatives are reminded of the following requirements to report hazardous conditions and illnesses:
Some key points to remember concerning Zika:
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Source: U.S. Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-16 issued 3 February 2016
|Severe Weather Warning|
|Thursday, February 4, 2016, NE Atlantic Ocean|
|On 6 February, a low over Newfoundland will move NE-ward toward the British Isles while rapidly deepening. This low will be very intense and expected over the Northern British Isles from 8 February.A very large area with STORM to VIOLENT STORM and VERY HIGH sea (up to 16 m sign waves and maximum waves up to 22-24 m) is expected S of this low system on 7-8 February. The waters SW of the British Isles, outside the English Channel, in Biscay and Finisterre will be affected with STORM and VERY HIGH SEA up to 9-13 m sign in connection with this low on 8-9th.
There is also risk of strong gale and HIGH sea > 6 m outside the English Channel until 10 February/12Z.
Hence, be prepared for some delayed voyages in the North Atlantic.
We recommend that you keep yourself updated on the expected development on SMHI Fleetweb, where the recommended/intended routes of vessels is shown. Ships provided with Route Advice by GAC SMHI Weather Solutions receive regular advice for their ships anywhere in the world, saving lives and saves time, prevents cargo damage and significantly reduces bunker consumption.
For more, contact GAC SMHI Weather Solutions at email@example.com
|Additional operational restrictions|
|Thursday, February 4, 2016, Bayport, USA|
|Effective immediately, all vessels transiting to/from Bayport (sailings, arrivals, & shifts) with a draft greater than 30’ freshwater are required to have 2 tugs, at pilot’s discretion.The tugs are to assist transiting vessels in safely making the turn into and out of the Bayport Ship Channel. The daylight restriction previously imposed has been rescinded.
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