Australia increases marine pollution fines
The West of England P&I Club informed of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters. As of 1 July 2018, the maximum fine for a spill in Commonwealth waters has increased to $4.2 million for a Master and $21 million for a corporate Owner or Charterer.
Questionnaire for Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU CIC on MARPOL Annex VI
Paris MoU reminds of the launch of a joint three-month CIC on MARPOL Annex VI, along with Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian MoU, issuing also the questionnaire which focuses on eleven items to check compliance with air pollution prevention requirements and to boost awareness of the 2020 sulphur cap.
Requirements for ships before entering US ports
The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) reminded the need for verifying and submitting the Critical Items Checklist (RMI Form MSD 340) before arrival in any US Port. Namely, it updates on deficiencies in the US, including examples that have caused detentions.
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?
Environmental sustainability the biggest challenge for shipping
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director at Bureau Veritas, invites industry to continue bridging the gender gap and supporting effective leadership by setting clear targets and avoiding micro-managing.
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!
Cameras onboard improve navigational safety
Interview with Kyriakos Alexopoulos, Managing Director - Marel Electronics at Posidonaia 2018
Ship agent's negligence leads to major dunnage disposal charges
International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has recently reported a dispute in which a ship agent in Australia was held liable to its shipowner principal for excessive charges demanded by a contractor for the disposal of dunnage and other materials related to the packing of cargo.
Lessons learned: Fuel spray fire due to machinery failure
The ship was standing by at location due to fog preventing operations. At 03:20 the high-level alarm on the forward bilge sounded. On investigation of the alarm, the forward bilge was found to be full of fuel oil. The fuel was seen to be spraying from the port main engine onto the engine room plates.