Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment now available
The Arctic Council's Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group issued a Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment, after identifying an existing need for a common approach to marine risk assessments in the Arctic region.
On World Environment Day, let's talk about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
On the occasion of the World Environment Day, SAFETY4SEA provides an in-depth insight into a global menace which has attracted global attention in recent years due to its rising magnitude: Ocean plastics.
Life below water: Addressing ocean sustainability
Oceans, seas and coastal areas cover the vast majority of our planet’s surface, as two-thirds of the planet is water. Oceans are a life-giving force considering the fact that our drinking water, weather, climate, food, and oxygen, are driven by the sea.
RMI investigation: Poor SMS implementation linked to fatal fall onboard
RMI issued an investigation report on a fatal fall onboard the container ship AL RAWDAH in January 2019. The report stressed issues associated with poor SMS implementation and lack of safety harness.
Grounded Stellar Banner refloated off Brazil
Salvors in Brazil managed to refloat Stellar Banner over three months after the VLOC ran aground. The ship has now been towed 60 miles off the coast of Maranhão, to undergo inspections. The removal righted the ship by 12 degrees from its peak list, revealing part of the submerged deck.
Investigation report stresses importance of berthing plan
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued an investigation report about a vessel sailing through the Suez Canal when it collided with a light fixture, resulting to the light mast being damaged, while the festoon rail on Crane 4 was bent over.
Lessons Learned: Consequences of alcohol should be reiterated in SMS
The Ministry of Hong Kong issued a merchant shppping information about a fatality onboard a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier whilst at berth, where the electrical engineer, perhaps influenced by alcohol aftershore leave, took an improper route to board the vessel by climbing directly from the quayside to the accommodation ladder platform. He fell into the sea and drowned.
Investigation report reveals capsized tug did not operate under an SMS
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada published an investigation report of a tug that capsized, revealing that the vessel did not operate under an SMS, and the crew did not have procedures for identifying or mitigating hazards.
Germany to boost green shipping via COVID-19 recovery plan
In light of the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impacts that has brought, Germany as part of its pandemic recovery plan aims to boost green shipping practices.
Boosting crews’ social interaction onboard: A three-fold guide
The issue of recreation onboard was, along with connectivity, at the center of concerns for seafarers during the latest SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness Survey. Across a sample of 9,768 seafarers from every part of the world, there were many respondents who touched upon the issue, proposing additional entertainment opportunities.
Infographic: Who are the happiest seafarers onboard?
SAFETY4SEA Crew Wellness survey was conducted in Q4 2019 and involved 9,768 seafarers serving onboard 1,072 ships. The survey identified key issues related to seafarers’ wellness at sea, addressing the level of satisfaction in the five aspects of wellbeing: Social, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual.
Building Resilience: How to develop a fatigue reporting culture
In a detailed guidance, AMSA highlights the importance of keeping both seafarers and the company informed about any fatigue hazards in day-to-day operations. In this context, open communication and feedback on reports about fatigue related events are vital in improving fatigue management onboard.
Legal implications of tankers used as floating storage
The absence of terminal and tank farm capacity has generated a growing demand for oil tankers to be used as floating storage, which is being reflected in daily hire rates, the Swedish Club noted in a new article discussing legal implications for charterers employing tankers as floating storage.
South Korea issues ECA and vessel speed reduction programme
Brittania P&I Club reminds of the South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (“MOF”) announcement about an air quality control programme that defines selected South Korean ports and areas as Emission Control Areas (ECA).
Reminder: First IMO DCS statement of compliance shall be onboard
From 31st May 2020, a valid Statement of Compliance (SoC) for IMO DCS must be readily available onboard for inspection, together with the Confirmation of Compliance (CoC) for the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) part II. During routine inspections, PSC officers are expected to focus on the SoC for IMO DCS.
AEGIS project on autonomous ships and port automation kicks off
The AEGIS (Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal Systems), a three-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, has officially started on 1st June.
Scientists deploy ocean robots to collect fisheries data in Alaska amid pandemic
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries revealed plans to use autonomous surface vehicles for collecting some critical data to support management of commercial fishery in Alaska.