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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project and the Australian National Maritime Museum believe they may have solved one of the greatest maritime mysteries with the discovery of ‘HMS Endeavour’, the first British ship on a voyage discovery to Australia captained by James Cook.
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