<span class="dachzeile">New membership card<span>: </span></span>electronic membership card on your mobile phone with immediate effect
From now on, it’s nearly impossible to leave the SeaHelp membership card behind: starting at the beginning of 2020, SeaHelp will switch its concept of plastic cards, that has already got a bit long in the tooth, to the electronic membership card, integrated in the SeaHelp app and which, in addition, may be filed as well in another place on the smartphone.
SeaHelp has adjusted and broadened their service portfolio in compliance with the current requirements of their members. Besides the Owner’s and the Standard Pass, respectively, there is now the possibility to book an upgrade for additional services like for a Smart Pass or a Premium Pass which may be used free of charge within the scope of the SeaHelp membership.
<span class="dachzeile">Boats under Croatian flag<span>: </span></span>Compulsory deregistration threatens at the end of the year
All owners of vessels registered under the Croatian flag, listen up: all those who have not yet supplied all the necessary requirements for registration, may face far-reaching consequences as from 2020 even a compulsory deregistration of the vessel might be possible.
A sad case that could have been easily prevented by using the adequate measures: A 57-year-old man died on a charter boat in Dalmatia, five other passengers had to be taken to hospital in Split-Firule, some of them showing life threatening signs of toxicity and they had to be treated in the intensive care unit. It is particularly unfortunate that, in the first place, the people involved blamed spoiled mussels and shellfish they had eaten before in a restaurant in Hvar. Had there been a carbon monoxide detector on board, available for less than 50 Euros, just simple ventilation and a night on deck would have been sufficient.
<span class="dachzeile">Climate change or just “weather”?<span> </span></span>German Weather Service declares high flood on the Adriatic Sea
Venice has experienced what is considered the worst flooding in 50 years, on the Adriatic coast in northern Italy the marinas in Lignano report ”land submerged‟ and even in Croatia it must be recognised that the water level is clearly above ”normal‟ which means 30 to 50 centimetres more than normal. Are they indeed suffering the consequences of the climate change the media are currently puzzling over, or is it just a rarely occurring weather situation? SeaHelp wanted to look more closely into this and got in touch with the DWD, the German Weather Service, a Hamburg-based institution monitoring the weather all over Europe.