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Emergency Procedures: What can make towing dangerous

Besides the transport of another ship which is generally devoid of its own motive power, tugs/ towboats are also used during port operations assisting in safe berthing and unberthing operations. The work of tugboat pilots and crews is important but also challenging enough. Which are, therefore, the necessary preventive actions to be followed, in case of towing?

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Emergency Procedures: Critical equipment failure

A ship equipment contains many items that could be defined as ‘critical’. Normally, criteria for choosing a critical equipment or operation lie as its potential to carry on to a hazardous situation. When trying to decide which equipment items are ‘critical’, consideration is given to human safety and pollution prevention.

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Emergency Procedures: Actions required in case of machinery spaces casualty

Engine room crew perform their duties in an extremely demanding working environment; high temperatures and pressure systems. Despite of taking all the precautions and safety measures, while handling engine room machinery systems, accidents do happen!



Career Paths: Jordan Wylie, Be Cyber Aware At Sea

Mr Wylie would ignore an advice which discourages anyone from trying. However, as he mentions, it is always important to deal with the things you can control for good mental health and well being. In the maritime industry, he has been lobbying for stricter regulations related to floating armouries.


The power of mentoring in shipping industry

Mentoring: a mutually beneficial relationship between mentor and mentee that serves to create strong organizational ties while offering networking opportunities. In other words; a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.


Cyber security regulatory framework needs a more holistic approach

Mr. Pantelis Skinitis, Business Development at ABS, notes that shipping industry needs specific guidance on how to implement any cyber security regulatory framework and advises to follow the example from other industries; thus shipping needs to adopt technologies that already exist!


Cameras onboard improve navigational safety
Interview with Kyriakos Alexopoulos, Managing Director - Marel Electronics at Posidonaia 2018

Price differential in fuels to make scrubbers a cost-effective solution
Interview with Martin Koller, Product Manager, Andritz, at Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned


Equipment ready to remove fuel from 'SSL Kolkata'

A salvage team managed to install equipment around the container ship 'SSL Kolkata', on August 9. This equipment aims to offload bunker fuel from the vessel, which suffered an explosion to one of its containers and a subsequent fire during June.


Alcohol a key factor of crewman's fatal fall overboard fishing vessel

On 12 November 2017, a deckhand on the fishing vessel Illustris entered the water after probably falling overboard. Although the deckhand’s fall was not witnessed, postmortem examination report indicated high level of alcohol.


Fatigue leads to fishing vessel capsizing

According to Maritime New Zealand, crew fatigue caused the grounding and loss of commercial fishing vessel 'Jan' and its owner, Wild Fish (NZ) Limited, being fined $27,200 following prosecution by Maritime NZ.

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Ship found with $232 million worth of hash, all crew arrested

Italian authorities have seized 20 tonnes of hash worth as much as 200 million euros ($232 million) in the fuel tanks of a Panama-flagged ship that was stopped in international waters and escorted to Sicily. The entire 11-person crew, all from Montenegro, was arrested for international drugs trafficking.

Loss Prevention

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 (Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme) 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.

Regulatory Update


Green Shipping

Update: SOPEP-SMPEP List of National Contact Points

In order to ensure ongoing compliance with MARPOL Annex I Regulation 37.2.4 and MARPOL Annex II Regulation 17.2.4, vessels should have access to a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of pollution incident.


Port of Rotterdam will replace slopes to clean oil pollution

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will replace a section of the slopes stretching over more than 9 kilometres that have been contaminated by the 'Bow Jubail' oil spill.


Watch: How green financing can lead to a low-carbon world

In this video, produced by OECD, Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction, at the OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment, shares her opinion on how we can transition through a more robust climate disclosure.




Fatigue in fishing: Facts and figures

In January 2018, Maritime NZ surveyed people who hold fishing-related certificates, asking their experiences on fatigue and the steps they are taking to minimise it. Most of the 318 respondents were skippers and 82% have been working in the industry for more than 10 years, suggesting this group has the greatest concerns about fatigue.


US announces funds to improve marine highways

The US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced $4,872,000 in grants to six Marine Highway projects. The funding aims to enhance existing marine highways serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, and support the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island.


West of England Club: How the US withdrawal from JCPOA affects shipping

West of England P&I Club outlined the potential impacts for shipowners and insurers that will arise from the US’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement signed by China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union (EU) and Iran.