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.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside informed that Nigeria will continue to seek continued technical cooperation and support from the IMO. This aims to establish a sustainable capacity to be a competitive maritime nation.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 147-foot yacht Golden Touch II with 47 people onboard near Nixon Beach, on Sunday August 19. This came after USCG discovered a number of safety issues, including carrying more paying passengers than they were certified to carry onboard the vessel.
Organisations which prioritise the safety and welfare of their seafarers over business costs and performance have more developed safety cultures, lower levels of fatigue and sleep problems among their crews. This is one of seven key findings from a recent study into safety culture in the maritime industry.
Following predictions ahead hurricane season in May, NOAA now informed that conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted. However NOAA and FEMA are still raising caution as the season enters its peak months.
The UK National Workboat Association, the safety standards, skills and trade association for the workboat industry, has announced that the Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship standard has been finalised. This opens the way for the scheme to start this summer by training providers across England and Wales.
HeliOffshore, a safety-oriented association for the offshore helicopter industry, informed that it has created three new work groups to focus the implementation of its safety strategy. The work groups will focus on helidecks, search and rescue operations and wind farm support.
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.’
The fourth edition has been extensively updated and addresses: Lessons learned from incidents, most notably from failures of HMSF mooring lines; Human centred mooring designs and human factors in mooring operations; New and in-development regulations and guidance from the IMO on the safety of mooring; Alternative mooring technologies and how they can be incorporated safely into the design of mooring systems both for ships and terminals.
To keep US waterways open and safe, the US Coast Guard encourages shippers, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris, when sailing in inland waterways.
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