EMSA in collaboration with the European Commission created an infographic presenting the benefits of electronic tags for marine safety. Namely, eTags give direct access to product details; seamless data flow between manufacturers, notified bodies and authorities; read RFID and data matrix formats among others.
Maritime safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment announced it has acquired the Norwegian boatbuilder Norsafe. The two companies share virtually identical missions, both focusing on people’s safety and leading their respective markets through constant innovation.
Diving in icy water is extremely dangerous to humans. To protect US Navy divers operating in freezing conditions, the US Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work to design a wetsuit mirroring the insulating properties of animal blubber, allowing divers to swim in frozen waters for longer periods of time.
According to USCG data, in 2017, there were six operational towing vessel crew fatalities. The largest number of crew member fatalities is attributed to falls overboard while the second largest number is attributed to asphyxiation. 4,319 gallons of oil were spilled due to tank barge pollution incidents.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued an alert informing of two confined space entry incidents on an RMI-flagged tanker and an RMI-flagged bulk carrier, which occurred within approximately 24 hours of each other, resulting in deaths of three seafarers and two seafarers losing consciousness.
In a bid to leverage the new technologies to drive operational efficiency, APM Terminals announced the introduction of drones at its inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, so that safety supervisors can monitor activities more effectively and safely.
USCG has published a new Navigation and Vessel Inspection (NVIC) Circular , entitled “Guidelines For Drafting The Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan,” to provide guidance on how to develop and maintain the MTS Recovery Plan.
MPA Singapore informed operators of Singapore-registered ships on the reporting of any marine casualty or security-related incident involving Singapore-registered ships. Failure of any persons to extend their fullest co-operation to the Authority in the conduct of investigations may amount to an offence.
Capt. Kinsey, who is one of the lead authors of the ‘Safety & Shipping Review’ by Allianz, notes that although there is a significant improvement in terms of maritime safety, there is still need to address the ‘culture of risk taking’ in the industry.
The UK Hydrographic Office shared the results of a seabed mapping program to improve safe navigation in Cayman waters. This program will help the Cayman Islands to comply with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. The project aims to publish new charts with data from the areas that will be surveyed.
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