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Frequency of total hull losses lowest since 1996

The number and impact of major and total hull losses has remained low since 2016, a trend that continues into the first half of 2018, according to Cefor. The general trend over the last eight years has been a stabilization of the total loss frequency at low levels, with some oscillation between 0.05% and 0.10%.

Watch: Avoiding enclosed spaces accidents

Accidents in enclosed spaces onboard ships have been a source of serious injuries and fatalities. In this video published by Gard P&I Club, we see Gard’s former surveyor Alf Martin Sandberg’s story, who could have lost his life when he entered a void space onboard a barge, without checking the atmosphere inside the space.

M/V Phoenix sinking brings safety training into the spotlight

The sinking of the 29 meter tour boat M/V Phoenix off Phuket on July 5th which caused the loss of 47 tourist, including 13 children, brought the importance of crew safety training and the provision of adequate safety equipment onboard into the spotlight.

UK Club launches competition to improve safety at sea

The UK P&I Club informed that it has launched the ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’competition, as part of its 150th anniversary in 2019. The competition aims to incentivize those entering the maritime industry to suggest ideas in order to improve safety at sea.

Recommendations for safe use of gangways and ladders

In the light of a recent death of a vessel pilot who died when a gangway separated from a vessel, USCG issued a marine safety alert describing measures to ensure safe operation when it comes to gangways and ladders. This reminds that shipboard equipment that seems quite benign can quickly become a hazard.

American Club assists operators with SMS compliance

The American Club has launched a new booklet which focuses on Safety Management Systems, with the aim to assist both seafarers and shoreside personnel to understanding the basic principles to implement local and international safety management system for both seagoing and shoreside personnel.

Preventing vessels from entering fish farm areas in China

Several marine incidents in China are reported to involve merchant vessels inadvertently entering fish farms, off the coast of Lanshan in the Shandong Province. Huatai Insurance Agency handled overall 71 fishery farm entry claims in China through 2017.

Watch: Lessons learned from main engine failure

In their latest video promoting maritime safety and accident prevention, the Standard P&I Club and CHIRP Maritime share best practice in the event of main engine failure. With respect to a particular case, CHIRP recommended that it is best practice to test a main engine prior to departure by turning it over on both air and fuel.

Tips for stowaway prevention at the Port of Durban

As the stowaway activity in the South African port of Durban has seen a recent increase, the Japan P&I Club recommended that operators should employ the services of private security guards during the vessel’s port stay at the port and that the crew should remain vigilant at all times.

ISO updates guidelines for lifeboat safety

As more people are heading out to sea over summer, safety both onboard and overboard is under the spotlight. For this reason, ISO updated the international guidelines for the effectiveness of sea anchors for rescue boats in the ‘ISO 17339:2018, Ships and marine technology – Life saving and fire protection – Sea anchors for survival craft and rescue boats.’


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