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Loss prevention considerations towards a successful safety culture

Mr. Neale Rodrigues, Divisional Director, Loss Prevention at The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Ltd., argues that in order to improve the effectiveness of loss prevention best practices, there is need for an organisation which ensures that their employees fully understand their roles and responsibilities and also accepts that each of them plays his/her part in making sure that those initiatives are put into practice.

Lessons learned from fishing vessel flooding

On the occasion of the investigation on the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel ‘Ocean Way’ in March 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety message to the fishing industry about developing and practising potential coping strategies in an emergency such as major flooding.

USCG updates FAQs on Subchapter M

USCG updated its Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels, as of May 2018. Subchapter M provides minimum safety, lifesaving, construction, machinery, electrical, and operational requirements for US towing vessels. All applicable towing vessels must be in compliance with the Subchapter M by 20 July 2018. 

New report provides guide on position mooring systems

ABS issued a report focusing on the design aspect of position mooring systems. The Guide also provides criteria, technical requirements, and guidance on the design and analysis of position mooring systems. A mooring system has to restrict the offset of a floating structure/unit within prescribed limits, and maintain the directionality when the structure’s orientation for safety or operational considerations.

A different approach for ECDIS is needed

Mr. Carl Durow, Loss Prevention Manager at the London P&I Club, says that ECDIS is a top loss prevention concern for the coming years, explaining that further action is needed for a successful integration of ECDIS into fleets. ECDIS Type specific training and IMO generic course training should not stop at sea, Mr. Durow highlights, discussing also other loss prevention challenges.

USCG publishes guidance on Fiber Reinforced Plastic gratings

USCG provides guidance on the acceptance of Fiber Reinforced Plastic gratings as equivalent to steel on inspected vessels. FRP gratings, listed and labeled as meeting ASTM F3059 by an independent laboratory acceptable for testing for Approval Series 164.040 will not need USCG type approval.

New initiative to reduce maritime accidents soon to be launched

ABS, the American Club and Lamar University are launching a new initiative to reduce maritime safety incidents. The partnership’s analysis and industry guidance will focus on slips, trips and falls, which are a significant cause of maritime injuries. The recommendations that will be developed will have to able to be applied in a day-to-day basis by maritime crews.

New project aims to reduce costs of cable failures in offshore wind

A joint industry project, comprising DNV GL, ECN, WMC, BREM, VanderHoekPhotonics, Deltares and other partners, seeks to reduce power-cable failures in offshore wind farms. These failures are the key risk affecting the offshore wind industry, representing about 80% of insurance claims.

UK MCA, RNLI test drones for search and rescue

The UK MCA and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution ran a special week-long event to test the use of drones, along a stretch of coastline at St Athan, Wales. A selection of drones were used in four different search and rescue scenarios to explore how they could be used to help save lives in the future.

CMTS issues maritime transportation extreme weather report

The Committee on the US Marine Transportation System issued the Maritime Transportation Extreme Weather Task Force report, providing recommendations and identified opportunities for improving industry response and policies in case of extreme weather events and preventing marine casualties from heavy weather.

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