At circumstances of an uncontrolled fire on board or in cases of vessel sinking, abandoning a ship is the most practical option, however there are a few precautions to be taken under consideration.
It is important for ship owners to have basic knowledge of marine salvage and insurance rights to protect the vessel, crew, cargo and environment at sea. But, which are the actions needed to be taken by the responsible personnel, especially the master?
Helicopter operations are considered to be complicated high risk operations, as they involve personnel / equipment and crafts other than vessel’s and they demand accuracy, training and clearly established procedures. The crews associated should show high level of situational awareness and seamanship.
The anchoring operation of a ship is a complex activity, especially when it is being carried out in busy anchorages or in ports’ outer limits where traffic is heavy. It involves the use of critical shipboard equipment and requires high level of situational awareness.
Industry stakeholders have discussed a lot about the pros and cons of paperless navigation concluding that ECDIS does have an edge over the traditional paper chart navigation. However, the question for the navigating officers remains the same. Can they steer the vessel, following a pre scheduled passage plan, avoiding grounding?
The industry has mostly shed its focus on navigational safety or pollution prevention; however, the issues related to engine rooms and installations should not be disregarded considering that many accidents have been reported due to engine failures, loss of power or other engineering related causes.
When situations at sea becoming out of control, threatening human life, the crew is authorized to call for medical or other assistance which approaches with a helicopter from the shore. Emergency incidents are the most common situations that need helicopter intervention.
On this day 20 years ago, on July 23 1998, a destructive fire took place on board the car carrier “Eurasian Dream”. The fire spread quickly, and despite the efforts from the crewmembers and fire-fighters, the vessel and a large amount of its cargo became a total loss.
Accidents on-board happen for various of reasons; falls and slips are the most common. But what if an accident results to the death of crew member or members? This is a very different situation. Enclosed space is one of the most common reasons that result on different accidents on ship.
We all feel stressed at times, although stress in the right amount is useful and essential for survival, the effects of stress can be unpleasant or uncomfortable. How useful could mindfulness be to seafarers though?
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