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Following its latest Merchant Marine Notice, Panama Maritime Authority highlights the risks and concerns of drug and alcohol abuse onboard.

To remind, the marine notice focuses on the risks related to fatigueHIV/AIDS, abuse of alcohol and drugs and other harmful substances.

According to the authority, alcohol may impair judgment and increase the risk of accidents. In the long term, alcohol abuse may lead to ill health and, in extreme cases, death.

The shipowners or operating companies should develop provisions on the detrimental effect on their health and well-being of the abuse of alcohol and drugs and other potentially harmful substances, and the risk and concerns relating HIV/AIDS and of other health risk related activities on board.

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Malaysia confirmed that the attempts to contain and extinguish a fire that broke out on board a containership in Port Klang were still ongoing four days after the incident took place.

Namely, the Singaporean-flagged Interasia Catalyst had left Port Klang, heading to Cochin, India, when its crew reported smoke coming from some of the containers on April 7.

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In its weekly report for 6-12 April 2021, three incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. All three incidents occurred to ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait (SS).

Of the three incidents, two incidents occurred on 8 Apr and one incident on 11 Apr; and in close proximity to each other (northwest of Tanjung Pergam, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia). In one of the incidents on 8 April, the perpetrator hit the engine room crew on his head when the crew attempted to shout for assistance.

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Amid continuing reports of piracy, kidnapping, and terrorism incidents against ships, ICS announced launch of the first edition of ‘Maritime Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Shipowners, Seafarers and Administrations’.

Providing a comprehensive guide to maritime security, the publication sets out the security threats faced by the shipping industry today, as well as the statutory requirements that ships, shipping companies and port facilities must meet.

The report also provides guidance on how to conduct a thorough threat assessment for a voyage. In addition, a model ship security plan is provided along with guidance on how to complete it in accordance with statutory requirements.

Maritime security is a continual concern for the shipping industry, and security threats present real challenges to the entire global supply chain, noted Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, on the occasion of the release.

In the years since SOLAS and the ISPS Code set out the dedicated statutory framework for the issue, we have witnessed the emergence of a security culture in the industry with a growing awareness of security threats , and an understanding of the importance of following best practices to mitigate risks to seafarers and the global trade they sustain.