VRP activation is an area of confusion for masters and response plan holders over the threshold for activating a response plan and which of their actions actually constitute plan activation. Christopher Friese, Commercial Vessel Safety Specialist, attempts to clarify when plan activation occurs and which situations require plan activation.
USCG issued the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment report from the workshops held in Poughkeepsie and Albany in November 2017. The workshops were held to provide stakeholders an opportunity to assist the Coast Guard in understanding navigation safety and environmental concerns on the Hudson River.
The campaign, will take place this spring, and will involve interagency teams visiting multiple drilling and production units across the Gulf of Mexico. These teams will use a focused inspections protocol to evaluate safety, gather and provide data to BSEE’s Office of Safety Management.
Wondering what makes people care about working safely? Safety culture does! A number of recent high profile incidents highlight why regulators, classification societies and IMO constantly put emphasis on implementing a successful safety culture.
The UK MCA issued a marine guidance note regarding the transport of items, which are classified as dangerous under the IMDG Code, when carried by individuals in a private vehicle -such as cars/caravans/trailers/mobile homes- or by foot passengers. It does not include vehicles in commercial use, ambulances or vehicles driven by contractors/employees.
The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a marine notice, setting out the revised requirements for hot work, including all ships, not just tank ships and combination carriers. Hot Work involves sources of ignition or temperature sufficiently high enough to cause the ignition of a flammable gas mixture.
This report shall be submitted to the Maritime Administration as soon after the occurrence of the casualty as possible. The form should be completed by the Master or person in charge or, if neither is available, by the owner of his duty authorized agent.
The US Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s US Coast Pilot publications. The US Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations.
Three littoral states, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced the second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, on 5 March, aiming to improve navigational safety in the region.
Mariners are encouraged to ensure boating gear is properly stowed or tied down to avoid causing unnecessary searches by the Coast Guard and other first responders. Life jackets, life rafts and small non-powered vessels are examples of boating equipment often found adrift following severe weather.
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- Cyber Security
LR, BLOC to create maritime blockchain lab23/03/2018
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- Loss Prevention
Largest salvage company created in Mediterranean23/03/2018
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Port of Rotterdam builds Container Exchange Route23/03/2018