Bangladeshi shipbreaker fined over illegal ship dismantling
The Bangladeshi Department of Environment (DoE) has fined a Chittagong-based shipbreaking company, after it was found illegally dismantling a grounded vessel on the beach in Chittagong.
Learn from the past: Erika oil spill, Europe’s environmental disaster
December 12th marks 19 years since one of the most notorious marine oil spills ever reported in European waters. On 12 December 1999, the Erika, a 25 year-old single-hull oil tanker, broke in two off France, polluting almost 400 km of French coastline.
Court upholds $1.8 billion compensation from Prestige oil spill
Spain's Supreme Court decided that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay over 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster and one of Europe's worst oil spills. The Prestige oil tanker had sank in 2002.
China Emission regulations: An overview
In this article, SQE Marine provides information about the current situation on Chinese emissions regulations. Specifically, China relevant authority (MSA) has set three ECA’s in China area in which from 01-01-2019, all vessels should use (all time) fuel with 0.5% m/m sulfur content.
Treating burns and scalds onboard
Seafarers should be very cautious when handling hot pipelines, steams and fires to avoid burns and scalds. Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by wet heat, electricity, or chemicals; both are treated in the same way while the amount of pain that the patient feels isn't always related to how serious the burn is. Even a very serious burn may be relatively painless.
Ask SAFETY4SEA: What is OPA 90?
What is OPA 90? Should we expect any regulatory updates? In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, questions Mrs. Cynthia Hudson, CEO, Hudson Analytix, about OPA 90 challenges ahead for the shipping industry.
Lessons learned from loss of control incidents at low speed
The West of England Club informed that it has experienced two claims where, in separate incidents, a container vessel and a tanker inexplicably lost control whilst departing port under pilotage.
Independent check of installation could have prevented explosion in CSV
The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) released its report on the work accident on board the Normand Maximus off the coast of Brazil on 21 February 2017. Because of the incident one died, while another one got seriously injured and three persons sustained minor injuries.
Shipping of liquefiable bulk cargoes: lessons from real-life incidents
Mr. Lee Hiok Liang, Naval Architect, T&T Salvage, shared lessons learned from real-life bulk cargo liquefaction accidents, stressing that, apart from transportable moisture limit, sea condition is the other closely related critical parameter that causes high humidity cargoes to be unstable.