An initiative to update and amend the Republic of the Marshall Islands Yacht Code is currently in progress with the launch of the new revised edition anticipated for the second half of 2021.
The Marshall Islands Yacht Registry is one of the largest in the world. As of May 31, 2020, it included 595 yachts representing 13% by number of the 4,722 vessels listed. The yachts totalled 183,817 GT, which accounted for just 0.10% of the 175.2m GT of the total flag fleet.
The team working on the removal of the capsized car carrier Golden Ray is preparing for the final stage of the operation to remove the vessel that has been lying on its side in St. Simons Sound since September 2019.
The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB-10,000 arrived at the Port of Fernandina in Florida on July 3 for final modifications and function checks before heading to St. Simons Sound. The lift vessel is currently scheduled to arrive at the wreck site by mid-July.
The 255-foot tall gantries of the VB-10,000 made an impressive sight at the docks in Florida. The configuration of the rigging beams underneath the top of the gantries will be modified to prepare for the lifting on the Golden Ray.
A white paper published by the National Cargo Bureau calls for urgent reform to stem the increasing number of container related incidents caused by poorly stowed, undeclared or misdeclared dangerous cargoes. This follows a recent inspection initiative that revealed an alarming number of containers with misdeclared dangerous cargoes that represent a serious safety risk.
The Swedish Club has highlighted an incident in its July safety bulletin about the bizarre case of a vessel that conducted a rescue boat drill resulting in an incident as the company had no specific instructions in the training manual, SMS, PMS as to how the rescue boat should be launched.