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Cargo hold cleaning: Why it matters

Bulk carriers constitute a significant fragment of the global maritime transport of goods, making up 15–17% of the world’s merchant fleets. Bulk carrier operations require careful planning and preparation to maintain cargo quality as is and to avoid any delays and disputes. One critical aspect of this preparation is the cargo hold cleaning.

Procedures: A guide to safe passage planning

Voyage planning is a key element of Bridge Resource Management forming the foundation the bridge team will use to ensure the vessel’s safe transit along its intended route. A voyage plan (or passage plan) is a comprehensive, berth to berth guide, developed and used by a vessel’s bridge team to determine the most favorable route and identify potential hazards along the route.

Learn from the past: MV Rena grounding

This October marked the 7th anniversary from New Zealand’s worst marine environmental disaster: The grounding of the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘Rena’ on the Astrolabe Reef resulted in a 200 tonnes HFO discharge into the water, while it is acclaimed as the second most expensive salvage operation in maritime history.

Procedures: A step-by-step guide for safe abandon-ship drills

One of the worst situations a seafarer can encounter during his/her sea service is the order by the master to abandon vessel in the face of danger. If not properly conducted, this operation, instead of saving lives, may lead to unexpected losses. In this regard, regular abandon-ship drills are vital to prepare crew.

Procedures: Step-by-step stages of a proper STS transfer

Ship to ship transfer operations are seen more and more as vessels’ size grows in comparison with ports’ and terminals’ size. STS constitutes one of the most common but also high-risk operations in shipping. These operations should be carefully planned and executed by familiar and trained crews.

Procedures: Steps for a proper fire drill under SOLAS

Fires onboard form a great part of maritime casualties. One way to address them is the proper training through efficient and regular drills, which ensure that crew members are ready to handle a fire onboard. But what are the steps to be followed for a proper fire drill?

100 years since the largest US naval loss of life in World War I

26th of September marked the 100th anniversary of the loss of the US warship ‘Tampa’ during World War I. USS Tampa was one of six US Coast Guard cutters serving overseas on convoy duty during the war. The death toll from the loss of Tampa is the largest American naval loss of life during World War I.

A 400-year-old shipwreck ‘discovery of the decade’ for Portugal

Divers have discovered a 400-year-old shipwreck believed to have sunk off Portugal waters, after returning from India laden with spices. Archaeologists believe this is the greatest history finding of all times in Portugal and ‘the discovery of the decade’ from a heritage perspective globally.

Procedures: Tips for safe Fuel Oil Changeover before entering ECAs

When entering ECAs and other designated areas, ship crews should conduct a fully changeover procedure to a compliant fuel oil with reduced emissions of Sulfur Oxides (SOx), preventing air pollution caused by maritime activity.  So what is the best practice for a safe Fuel Oil Changeover?

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maritime events

Alerts Casualties Loss Prevention Maritime Health Regulation Safety Seafarers Security
Phoenix
Sunken Thai tour boat ‘Phoenix’ refloated
capsized liftboat
15 evacuated from capsized liftboat in Gulf of Mexico
bulker stranded
Bulk carrier stranded in North Atlantic is now safe
Arctic Ballast Emissions Fuels Green Shipping Pollution Ship Recycling Technology
scrubbers
GOGL to equip capesizes with scrubbers
water in oil alarm
Advance water-in-oil alarm developed to prevent engine issues
arctic cruise pollution
Cruise ships to be powered by rotten fish byproduct
Connectivity Cyber Security E-navigation Energy Efficiency Maritime Software Smart
water in oil alarm
Advance water-in-oil alarm developed to prevent engine issues
smart4sea
Shortlisted nominees announced for the 2019 SMART4SEA Awards
e-navigation
From small steps to giant leaps: digitalisation on the bridge
CIC Detentions Fines PSC Focus Vetting
lng rates
USCG: the 5 most common deficiencies found on gas carriers
ship inspections in caribbean
IMO to ensure high quality of ship inspections in Caribbean
ferry operation in south carolina
USCG ceased ferry operation in South Carolina
CSR Shipping Sustainability Women in shipping
liberia
Liberia is the first flag state to partner with MACN
orcas
Russia urged to stop capturing wild Orcas
whales from space
Study monitors whales from space
Finance Fishery Infographic Maritime Knowledge Offshore Ports Reports Shipbuilding Short Sea Yachting
Busan Port Authority
Busan agrees with Port of Rotterdam for new sustainable warehouse
oil output
Norway: Oil output increased in October
TurkStream
Offshore section of TurkStream gas pipeline completed
e-navigation
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