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Procedures: Steps for a proper fire drill under SOLAS

Fires onboard form a great part of maritime casualties. One way to address them is the proper training through efficient and regular drills, which ensure that crew members are ready to handle a fire onboard. But what are the steps to be followed for a proper fire drill?


OCIMF withdraws six publications

OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) informed that it has withdrawn a series of books and information papers. The publications seek help the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation.


OCIMF launches Ship Security – Hull Vulnerability Study

OCIMF members highlighted the fact that the attacks against vessels from missiles, crafts carrying Improvised Explosive Devices (and hand-held Anti-Tank Guided Weapons have increased. For this, OCIMF collaborated with QinetiQ on a paper that focuses on protection of crew and vessels.


ClassNK: Fire fighter's communication on Cook Islands vessels

ClassNK released a Technical Information aiming to inform that the Cook Islands Maritime Authority has issued a new circular regarding fire fighter's communication. The circular touches upon the application of the fire fighter's communication, its stored location, colour and standard criteria.


IBIA: Obscurity remains regarding 2020 non-availability situations

As IBIA reports, a standard IMO format for reporting non-availability of compliant fuel oil has been developed, as well as guidance for how such reports should be investigated by authorities. However, there is no resolution yet about how to deal with any bunkers that are over the 0.50% sulphur limit, which remain on board a ship when the carriage ban takes effect.


Spain in favor of a Mediterranean ECA

Spain is in favor of the development of an Emission Control Area (ECA) in the Mediterranean Sea, said Pedro Saura, the country's State Secretary for Infrastructure.  The creation of an ECA would implement stricter requirements for sulphur and NOx emissions from ships that sail in these waters.


The Marine Fuel Question: Is 2020 the end of the road?

During the 219 SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Dr. John Kokarakis, Director Technical Business Development, HBSA Zone, Bureau Veritas, provided an in-depth overview of all the environmentally-friendly marine fuel solutions for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap.


NYK secures over USD 80 million syndicated loan for scrubbers

Japanese NYK announced it has secured a 9 billion yen (USD 80.65 million) syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers. According to the company, the proceeds will be used 'solely for the purpose of funding environment-friendly projects'.


Psychology tests no longer needed for compliance with PEME

The American P&I Club informs of a change in the Pre-employment Medical Examination (PEME) Program. The change regards the psychology tests, which the American Club will no longer require to ensure compliance with PEME.


How to build a larger brain

Perfection is not defining success and development. People don’t always have to be the top of everything or the richest and the most famous; possessing fancy titles and/or climbing the corporate ladder. Most of the times in order to rise and shine, you need to build a larger brain, ignore self-defeating mindsets and focus on your willingness to step forward a different you.


Ways of effective meetings management

In shipping industry, frequent - especially coaching/mentoring meetings - are needed both ashore and on board. However, every minute spent in an unproductive meeting is a minute wasted from individual employees' work and, therefore, essential for creativity and efficiency of organizations.


10 Tips for a better conversation

A conversation requires balance between talking and listening and somewhere along the way this balance is frequently lost. Talking to people of diverse backgrounds, such as seafarers, office executives, CEOs and ship owners can be a challenging process. Stereotypical advice, such as making eye contact, smiling back or nodding may be misleading.


How to prepare for Cyber Security

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix, provided a discussion on Cyber Incident Response. Mrs. Hudson suggested that a response organization headed by an appointed Cyber QI or similar in the US, Cyber Incident Response Team and Cyber Incident Response Organization be considered during the process of Cyber Incident Readiness.


DNV GL launches AI research centre in Shanghai

DNV GL launched an artificial intelligence research centre in Shanghai, aiming to find solutions to improve its audit, inspection and survey services. DNV GL aims to develop new solutions based on AI technology, such as computer vision. Blockchain has also become a key technology to the company's assurance operations.

Maritime Software

Totem Plus to implement cyber protection for shipboard equipment

Totem Plus signed a licence agreement with Naval Dome to include the latter's maritime cyber security software into its automation and navigation systems. These systems are included in the hard drives of the equipment at the build stage before being delivered to the customers.


Draft guidelines agreed on fire safety on ro-ro vessels

IMO's Sub-Committee conducted a meeting on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6), on 4-8 March 2019. The meeting except safe lifting operations, focused on fire safety on ro-ro vessels in order to minimize the danger and the accidents caused by fire.


Hull Biofouling – old problem, new challenges

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club, provided a brief overview of old and new challenges surrounding biofouling and what is in store for the future.


IMO's Sub-Committee agrees on Polar life-saving appliances guidelines

In light of the Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6) meeting conducted by IMO's Sub-Committee on 4-8 March 2019, the participants agreed to draft interim guidelines on life-saving appliances and arrangements for ships operating in polar waters, to ensure they meet the needs for survival in the harsh and specific conditions in Polar waters.

PSC Focus

MLC in the PSC spotlight

Since MLC came into force in August 2013, a lot of inspections have been conducted on items related to working & living conditions of seafarers. Paris MoU and AMSA are two regions which appear to conduct thoroughly PSC inspections with respect to MLC implementation.


UK Club: How to deal with bullying and harassment on board

Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Programme Director at UK P&I Club, provides her comments on how to address bullying and harassment on board ships. Ms. Bullard says that companies and management should be receptive to change and adopt a zero tolerance approach to deal with bullying and harassment at sea.


US Court sentences man to four years for Seaman’s Manslaughter

US Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a 30-year-old man from Cushing, Maine was sentenced in US District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old. The man pleaded guilty on September 25, 2018.


ITF reviews competition exemptions for liner shipping

Liner shipping companies gain advantages from an exemption from EU competition law, which enables them to collaborate. The exemption called 'The Consortia Block Exemption Regulation' is to expire on April 25, 2020. In light of its expiry, ITF gathered stakeholders from the containerised maritime supply chain for a Stakeholder Meeting, on 8 February 2019 in Paris, France, for further review.


US Gulf Coast became a net exporter of crude oil in late 2018

In the last two months of 2018, the US Gulf Coast exported more crude oil than it imported, with monthly net trade of crude oil in the US Gulf Coast region (the difference between gross exports and gross imports) falling from a high in early 2007 of 6.6 million barrels per day of net imports to 0.4 million b/d of net exports in December 2018, according to EIA.


US FERC issues final environmental impact statement for Texas LNG project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Texas LNG Project proposed by Texas LNG Brownsville, LLC (Texas LNG).